On 'I'd Like to Dispute These Charges, Please'

Yes! This was great and rang so, so true. How could I have spent so much money on "personal care," mint.com, when I never buy beauty products? (Reviews transactions.) Oh, that's how.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 11:56 am 1

On Link Roundup! "Breaking Bad" Dolls, Men's Watches, Last Call for Holiday Flights

I gotta say, I don't think people who would otherwise be spending 40 grand on a watch are foregoing that purchase because they think a $200 Ice-Watch is "fun." Unless the article is just talking about the very first step up that ladder?

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm 0

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@highjump Jersey City is actually really livable! But I agree that it is not the sixth borough, and thank dog for that.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm 0

On On Engagement Ultimatums

@TrotskyHoldsMyiPod Wedding magazines at the mechanic? Interesting...

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm 0

On Chatting About John Grisham

@bgprincipessa I do! I want to talk about Serial! And how it's strange that everyone involved is now in their thirties but still sounds exactly like a teenager... And everything else. I want Sarah Koenig to solve the case!

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@Allison We are work neighbors!

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm 0

On The Cost of Making My Own Sub Sandwich

This is such a sad story! With a little advance planning, though, you can get that cost (by which I mean opportunity cost, even though you aren't actually foregoing any income to make yourself a sandwich) way down. And the deliciousness way up. (My secret to a delicious sandwich: butter.) Plus, unless you've shot a leopard recently, you aren't supporting any leopard-shooters! Or at least known leopard-shooters; I don't know what the CEO of your supermarket does for fun.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm 0

On Love and Nostagia for the Cheaper Stuff

I was obsessed with boxed mac and cheese when I was living in France, I think because it was so hard to get. It was my go-to hangover food... even that time my friend and I had no milk and tried to make it with melted butter instead (why not water? why not water?!?!?!) and ended up vomiting didn't really sour us on it. Then when I got back home, I was SO excited to have it so readily accessible that I bought like 8 boxes. And... it was not good. This is a sad story.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:55 am 0

On Witchy Feelings About My Index Fund

@ccq I'm in all index funds! So I don't blame myself.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm 0

On Witchy Feelings About My Index Fund

Ugh, I was actually waiting for an open thread so I could whinge about this in a safe space. I just recently linked my retirement accounts to my Mint account and am sort of in an aghast state of paralysis about what is happening to all my investment accounts. I guess paralysis is good? Paralysis will stop me before I futz around with my IRA at the exact wrong time? But it gives that little panicky feeling in the back of the throat.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm 0