I haven't posted in awhile because I've been in a winter funk, but I wanted to come by and say I spent (gulp) $300 this weekend on a gorgeous leather bag because I FINALLY GOT A NEW (really awesome) JOB!!! I had the money saved up for whenever I found something new, so it wasn't totally crazy. The rest of the weekend was $0 because my parents took us out to dinner, then my boyfriend took me out to dinner, and then I drank lots of champagne and my sister-in-law brought over some wine. It was a big party.
@ThatJenn Haha I never thought about it! Taxes, maybe? or like @LookUponMyWorks says credit agencies? I think I've always assumed credit card companies just mine data in ways I would rather not know...
@LookUponMyWorks Me too!! I just assumed it was because it was the beginning of the year and I got a small raise right before Christmas...
@Sorbee ME TOO! It was not a wedding present, but a gift from my mom after she bought one for herself and then received one for her birthday! I love it. We use it every day, at least twice a day for hot water, and (Bonus!) it makes a great vessel for carrying water from the kitchen sink to the living room to water our plants.
@ThatJenn I was totally surprised. I found out that if you make less than $45,000 as a single person/single parent (I was treated at a Children's hospital even though I was diagnosed at 21), you qualify for SOME kind of discount on a sliding scale. They do NOT advertise this!
@andnowlights I had no idea, either, until I got on my own insurance and got my first bill. I thought it was a mistake, so I called the hospital and ordered copies of every bill my parents had gotten from the time I was diagnosed and I was totally blown away. Hundreds of thousands of dollars and that was without major surgery or radiation for an "easy to treat" cancer. I can't imagine what it would have been like without my parents awesome insurance...
My 1 think was to call my hospital and find out if I qualify for any financial assistance! I had cancer a few years ago (all ok now), but I have to go to a yearly appointment that ends up costing between $1,500 and $4,000 depending on what insurance will pay/what tests they do. I recently aged off my parents insurance and definitely can't afford to pay that much every year out of pocket since my crappy insurance won't cover it. I hesitated to call because I was afraid the financial counselors would be like "haha that's nothing call me back when you have $100,000 in debt!" BUT I sucked it up and called today and found out that I qualify for a 50% discount on all services AND possibly can get a 50% refund on the bill I paid for my last appointment. On a side note: has the Billfold done any articles about young adults/cancer/insurance? I would love to participate in something like that :-)
I will be going to my parents house Thursday morning to eat a giant "Holiday Breakfast Casserole" and drink mimosas with my parents and brothers (who are home from NYC). Then I will go home and take a nap/make rum punch (not at the same time) while my boyfriend goes out and buys a case of wine (our dinner contribution). Thursday night we'll have "fancy" dinner with my extended family and Friday we'll go over to his parents' (probably in our PJs) and gorge on leftovers. Friday night we will go to the bars with all of our brothers. I will be the only girl with my boyfriend, his two brothers and my two brothers. Hopefully my brother's fiancee will bring her sister so I can have some lady time, but she has family in from out of town so I don't know! No matter what it will be FUN because I'm the only kid in town so it's always great when my brothers are home! I'm hoping to spend very little $$ - my boyfriend, his brothers and my brothers are all extremely gentlemanly so I hardly ever have to pay for anything when they're around. I am a lucky lady (and so is my brother's fiancee!)
@Allison Yeah, I am not afraid of asking someone to be more quiet on the phone my 7am commute to work. I just don't want to hear about your legal, money, boyfriend or health problems on my 30 minute bus ride to work and I DEFINITELY don't want to hear about them for an eight-hour plane ride. this is the worst thing I've heard all week!
@scn231 ugh I did not know that about Laura Mercier and it makes me so sad because I love her baked eye shadows! However, I always assumed her tinted moisturizer is the best because all the magazines told me that, but I switched to Dr. Jart BB and my skin looks so much better! THANKS MAGAZINES