On Things I Would Do Around The House If There Were Wages For Housework

I moved on August 1st, and it jolted me out of my squalor. My apartment was really kind of gross after you took everything out of it. I don't know if I can keep it up, but I've been cleaning everything thoroughly every Saturday morning: swiffing the ceiling fans and throwing out anything gross in the fridge and wiping down all the surfaces and scrubbing the tub and everything. I truly hate mopping my kitchen floor, but I love being able to walk around barefoot without my feet feeling gross. On the other hand, I don't have a baby. If you have a baby, I think you should be provided with some extremely efficient and professional baby specialist who will come over and take care of all your household tasks, like the French do. Another thing that has helped me clean: realizing that bleach gives me a migraine. I think maybe I avoided cleaning because I associated it with getting sick afterwards. Now that I don't use anything with bleach in it, the thought of cleaning doesn't make me so queasy.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 10:54 am 0

On Online Shopping Is the Devil, and I Won’t Do it

Yeah, online shopping is the reason that I don't have to drive four hours each way to get a bra that fits. For those of us who don't live in or near big cities, it's a complete lifesaver. There's just a whole lot of stuff that isn't available within realistic driving distance of me.

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm 1

On How People Do Money: The High Holidays

I recommend moving to a college town in a state in which less than 0.2% of the population is Jewish. Hillel and Chabad are the only games in town, and they're free.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 5:58 pm 0

On Pros and Cons of "The Uber for Housecleaning"

@doodlebug That's exactly what I was thinking. If all that this service offers is a website and some screening of potential members, then there's no reason that cleaners couldn't get together and cooperatively provide the same stuff themselves.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm 0

On A Decision to Settle

@deathcabforcutes I don't know. I have a semi-pathological fear of debt or running out of money, and I think I've missed out on important stuff because of it. I don't think it's a good idea to go into credit card debt, but a life in which you only buy what you need is a life in which you never travel for pleasure, eat at restaurants, drink wine, see a movie in the theater, or do a lot of other stuff that is worth doing sometimes. There are a lot of ways to fuck up with money, and spending too much is only the most obvious one.

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm 1

On Cleaning House With Jenny

I would totally be interested in hearing more about cleaners, from the perspective of the worker, the customer and the intermediaries. (And I'd also be interested to hear from cleaners who don't work through an intermediary and what that's like.) It's such a fraught topic, with all these expectations about gendered household responsibilities and privacy and class relations and just so much stuff. So yes: interview the company! Find some Billfold commenters who have cleaned for money and interview them!

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm 0

On We're Not Gonna Pay Rent ... By Check

I've got it set up so that my bank automatically sends my landlord check a week before my rent is due. I'm a little flaky, and I don't want to risk forgetting to pay. I wouldn't want to put it on my credit card, because then I'd be paying interest if for some reason I missed a payment on the card. In general, I don't really play games with my credit card. I basically treat it like a debit card, except that I pay it off in one chunk at the end of the month. I guess I'm a little scared of credit cards, because there's a lot of potential to get in trouble, and I'm wary of doing anything fancy with it that could somehow lead me down the path of credit card debt. I don't really want to take out a loan to pay my rent, even if it's a really short-term loan.

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 10:31 am 0

On The Ethics of Taking Free Stuff

Yeah, they're not giving your kid free books because they think you can't afford books. They're giving your kid free books because they think that, if left to your own devices, you won't give your kid Jewish books. If you feel pretty confident that you can pick out your own Jewish books (and will do so), then I would skip it. If you think it would be helpful to have someone pre-select some Jewish books for you, then go for it. The point of this thing isn't to help the underprivileged. I agree with Meaghano that you could donate to a literacy program if you feel weird about it.

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@@fo I would totally pay an extra fifty cents to be able to get a roll of quarters without getting to the bank during banking hours. But I live in the hinterlands, where the banks are only open shitty hours.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 9:53 am 0

On Leave Religion Off Your Resume, With One Big "Unless ..."

Oh, interesting. When I applied for my current job, I was a little worried about having Jewish-related stuff in my application, but I couldn't really leave it off, because it was relevant and filled what would otherwise be a gap in my experience. My job is in a Midwestern state where there aren't a ton of Jews, and I worried that being Jewish would brand me as "coastal" or "big city." It turned out that the people hiring me thought it was very interesting, asked me all about my Jewish-related job at my interview, and then mentioned it in the little bio that they sent out to everyone when I was hired. (And it's not a huge deal at all, but I wasn't 100% excited about having everyone know my religion/ ethnicity right off the bat.) I really don't think that my employers would discriminate against people of other religious backgrounds, and I know that at least one of my co-workers had to have put work experience related to her Christian religion on her resume, but I definitely got the impression that my Jewish stuff was a net positive. And at the time I was hired, I'm pretty sure I was the only Jewish person in my 40-plus person office. I think there's something to the idea that Jews are safe minorities.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm 0