On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With a $20 Flip Phone

You could also just switch off the internet on your phone! It's super useful, on mine it only involves pressing one button, I'm sure that's true for iphones and other android phones as well. I'd had a flip phone for ages but I get lost easily so having google maps on hand is essential to me showing up anywhere on time. I just switch data (or wifi, if available) on and look up where im going and then switch it back off. Plus it allows me to take photos (regular photos, you don't need to download instagram) without carrying an extra camera and taking up space in my pocket. I've had a smartphone for about 2 years now and it's so useful and I've never had issues with people contacting me too much because I just shut data and wifi off unless I need them.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm 0

On The Year We Saved $10K: It Was 2008 and California Was on Fire

I don't know if it's possible to follow up with her but I'd LOVE to know how that $800 breaks down.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:50 am 0

On The Year We Saved $10K: Paying the Imaginary Mortgage

@sea ermine oooh ok I just saw above the 50k was after taxes never mind.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:07 am 0

On The Year We Saved $10K: Paying the Imaginary Mortgage

Wait so is the net income before or after income taxes (+social security, medicare, etc)? I ask because I make ~44k (so, pretty close to the author) and my monthly take home is around $2500 and I'm so confused how that's happening.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:06 am 0

On Let's Argue About Prostitution

@sea ermine I also want to point out that sex workers are selling a service, not their bodies and it's dehumanizing and misleading to suggest otherwise.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:53 am 0

On Let's Argue About Prostitution

Generally I avoid talking about this because there's already a pretty heavy focus globally on what non sex workers think about sex work and what people not involved in the industry (and not directly affected by it) feel should be done, which often comes with the implication that sex workers aren't intelligent enough to be listened to when talking about their own experiences. However, I do think it's important to point out that criminalizing sex work not only doesn't reduce it, but does expose sex workers to massive amounts of police violence. Beyond that I thought I'd share the link to Tits and Sass which is a website produced by and for sex workers that has information on the issue from the people who are most affected by it, and most likely to know what solutions and practices are best and safest for people in the industry. I also want to share a link to SWOP-NYC. SWOP (which has locations in other cities) is one of the few sex worker outreach programs in the US run by sex workers. For that reason they have trouble getting funding, as many people would rather give grants to 'rescue' organizations run by non sex workers, because they appeal more to people who want to feel like a savior more than they want to help make sex workers lives safer (see Project Rose for one example.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:50 am 1

On 40-Hour Workweek My Aunt Fanny

I have a union job! It basically keeps my employer from screwing us over (my department is lovely but the university we work for often tries to cut benefits or institute weird rules like making union employees wear uniforms to separate us from the regular employees who would never have their benefits or salary cut). But yeah with it I get paid fairly, my vacation and sick time is the same as the non union employees, and my health insurance is almost as good. Doing the same job in a non union position would mean being paid way below what is fair for what I do and the city I live in + most likely no health insurance. So yay!

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm 0

On California Passes Bill Granting Workers the Right to Three Sick Days Per Year

@Glen Raphael@facebook Right but sick days and a dishwasher are really not comparable. A lot of the time whether sick days are offered doesn't correlate to the salary, You can live in an home without a dishwasher. If you have a job without sick days and you can afford (or aren't allowed) to take an unpaid day to recover you can get sicker and infect your coworkers and the repercussions it has on both the employees and the employers are terrible. Or you do take that sick day and get fired as a result. No one is going to evict you for washing dishes by hand, you know? Also, a lot of jobs without sick days are also very low paying (with exceptions). Taking a job with no sick days doesn't save you money in the way that taking an apartment it a dishwasher would.

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm 3

On The Billfold Book Club: David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'

Aaaahh but my big problem is actually doing the things? I have all the best lists but then I just sit on my couch or at my desk and don't actually do anything even if I know exactly what I need to do... :(

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm 2

On How Much More Are You Spending at the Grocery Store?

I haven't BUT I go through the store adding up everything on my phone's calculator to ensure it doesn't go over $50 a week. I haven't noticed myself buying less and I definitely haven't been eating less but it could just be that I'm adjusting my purchases to get the same amount for less because that's what's in my budget. That said, I don't eat a lot of beef (mostly duck, chicken, fish, occasionally a pork tenderloin) so maybe that's it?

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:00 am 0