On When Colleges Open Food Banks On Campus

@Samantha My (large, public, land-grant) university has had one for years and I support it. Of course, we're also in one of the lowest income states in the country.

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 10:47 am 0

On The Billfold Book Club: Terry Pratchett's 'Men At Arms'

@Stina Sybil in her high-class squalor really reminded me of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, when the narrator points out an embroidered seat cushion and says that only the nouveau riche would have it mended, while old money would let it decay.

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 9:56 am 0

On The Billfold Book Club: Terry Pratchett's 'Men At Arms'

I loved this. This was my introduction to Discworld and I'll definitely be reading more. The exploration of the practicalities of life in this created world were so much richer than in a lot of fantasy.

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 9:54 am 0

On How a Couple Merging Finances Does Money

@Derbel McDillet You'd think the real estate folks would have come up with a more aggrandizing term.

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm 0

On How a Couple Merging Finances Does Money

Wait, wait, what is a "jr. one bedroom"?

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm 0

On Would You Ever Tell a Friend That They Were Making Bad Financial Decisions?

@Derbel McDillet But to actually answer the question: there is no way in hell I would do anything beyond give a little side-eye regarding a coworker's personal spending.

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm 0

On Would You Ever Tell a Friend That They Were Making Bad Financial Decisions?

Honestly, having worked in mental health, a few of the behaviors described jumped out at me as "manic episode", but of course those behaviors alone aren't indicative of something like that going on.

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0

On The Cost of Driving My Parents Home from the Hospital

This is fantastic.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm 1

On Am I Hurting Hotel Housekeepers' Income by Not Leaving My Hotel Room?

@Tyche Yeah, I'm the same way. I was trying to think of how to explain it, since it's not a fear that anything would get stolen or anything like that. I think "I get kind of territorial" explains it nicely.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Sooo . . . we're probably buying a new car tonight and I'm freaking out a little. I know conventional wisdom says that new cars are always a bad idea, but low mileage Subarus aren't significantly cheaper than brand new, and I can get a lower interest rate on a new car. I'm sad to be retiring my 2002 Forester, but it's time. We're taking the new car to to a trail head tomorrow and going for a hike and digging ramps (wild leeks), then working around the house on Sunday, so a low cost weekend other than the massive car purchase.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm 0