On How Do Couples Use Joint Accounts?

My dude and I use You Need A Budget which has improved our lives tremendously. Basically the premise is that all of the money is in one account and you assign each dollar to a category. So like we have a category for groceries, a category for misc liquor, a category for spending money for each of us, etc. at the beginning of the month we allocate that months income to each category. He used to get mad when I bought, like, nail polish when I didn't really need it, but now that I have my own spending money (even though it's all still in the same account), it's just not a problem anymore. The only issue is that you have to track and categorize every expense, but I think it's totally worth it.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm 0

On Nothing Was the Same After I Did 1 Thing

@planforamiracle I use You Need A Budget (YNAB). It's a downloadable thing and it's like $50 but it really appeals to my need to track and categorize every dollar I make/spend. There's an app and a computer program and they sync so you can add transactions when you're on the go or whatever. It's great.

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm 0

On Slaves for Soccer

@eternaloctopus Yup. That's pretty standard. They confiscate the passports when they get to the country for "safekeeping" and give them back when their contracts are up (or sometimes later, if they feel like it).

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm 0

On Slaves for Soccer

Unfortunately, this isn't unique to Qatar or to the World Cup infrastructure. EVERYTHING in Qatar and the rest of the Gulf is built and/or maintained by poorly-treated Nepalese (or other South Asian) workers. They are housed in deplorable conditions and treated as second-class citizens and have been for years and years. They work outside in the middle of summer without water; they are banned from most public places on Fridays, their only day off. It's abhorrent. I'm glad that people are finally paying attention to it.

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm 1

On The Crazy Bag People Inside of Us

@Michelle LeBlanc@twitter Alternatively. donate them to your local animal shelter for them to use as dog poop bags!

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm 1

On The Triumphant Return of Do 1 Thing

My parking pass was disabled last week when HR accidentally terminated me (haha, funny joke, guys) and so I called today to get it re-enabled now that I'm un-terminated again. It took like 30 seconds. Awesome.

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm 0

On 'It Was Funny to Write the IRS a Check That Was Bigger Than One Year's Salary'

@andnowlights Yup. It seems that all of these people found out about theirs in their early 20s and I'm almost 27, and maybe my parents just forgot to tell me? (Still hopeful!)

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm 0

On 'It Was Funny to Write the IRS a Check That Was Bigger Than One Year's Salary'

This series increasingly makes me wish that my parents had a secret trust fund set up for me. They don't (or do they????).

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm 3

On In High School, With Dollars to Spend

@highjump I KNOW. I would have said yes in an instant! And I hope that that rejection does not put him off from future proposal-bots. Asking his future spouse to marry him via robot! Adorable!

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 10:19 am 0

On In High School, With Dollars to Spend

I interview highschoolers for admission to my alma mater, and this year, it came out in one of the interviews that the dude I was interviewing built a robot with which to ask a girl to prom. A prom-bot! I was so impressed. (She said no, which is totally tragic, but irrelevant to the story)

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 10:09 am 0