I think the advice like "set a budget", "have different accounts", etc... Is something Logan has heard and probably tried over and over. Sometimes this stuff just doesn't work. I couldn't change my spending habits until I face the problems that were behind my spending (trying to live like my friends, insecurity, feeling I deserved things like dinner out or iced coffee just because I had what I perceived to be a bad day). Figuring out why you're doing these things and working on those issues, not on the action of spending money, really is the only way to fix this. I'm rooting for you Logan. I've been there and this might sound dramatic, but it's a struggle everyday not to end up back in that place.
When you get paid, just get, like, SUPER drunk and then withdraw all your money in cash and hide it all over your apartment and in the pockets of your clothes and stuff. Then drink some more to make sure you are totally blacked out. FOOLPROOF PLAN.
My city banned shopping bags a few years ago, so I started shopping in another city because I'm not a monster who buys garbage bags.
I want to start using reusable bags but then I don't know what I'll put my trash in. I mean, I could buy garbage bags but I don't see the point of paying for them when stores give me them for free, especially since they aren't any better for the environment than the free one's. Unless there are reusable garbage bags? How would that even work?
They cost 5 cents in DC. I always manage to forget my bag/underestimate how much stuff I'm going to buy just often enough to keep the small wastebasket in my room lined with a plastic grocery bag, so I can't complain.
By xxAnniexx on My Free Lunch
@WayDownSouth I can understand your mystification, but speaking from personal experience I have found that brokeness can trigger different responses at different times. Sometimes when I'm verging on broke, I'm hyper aware and vigilant about my account balance and spend only on utter necessities. Other times (like this week!), I completely avoid my balance and spend impulsively out of some weird, nihilistic/who-gives-a-fuck place in my psyche. It's like there's a little spending monster in my head telling me that I'm broke anyways, so I might as well buy that $7 ginger-beet-carrot juice. It's definitely not sensible or rational (or responsible, or reasonable, etc.), but when you're depressed about not having money, and spending money helps you feel a (short-lived) rush of joy, then it can be a challenge to quiet that voice.
@angry little raincloud Oh dear god, thank you. That was one of my biggest pet peeves also. "I tried! I wrote down words!" Well, yes, but a series of sentences does not a good essay make. A good argument about any work of art takes insight, planning, and crafting; it's a kind of linguistic and theoretical architecture, really.
I don't know about cheaper...I live in the Detroit Metro area, and flights from here are around $400, no matter what (unless you're flying to Chicago, maybe). Maybe if you live near a busier air route, the prices wouldn't be as bad, but I almost always consider driving before flying, because, often times, it's cheaper. I would love to fly more, but I can't afford to.
I'm not sure how I feel about this...while I appreciate the back of the house, and worked in many restaurants, why can't we just pay the chefs/cooks a living wage and call it a day? I'M TIPPED OUT. I want to still consider myself a giving person even though I can't afford to shell out an additional $12!! I'd fully rather we moved all service industry jobs into a living-wage paid scenario and eliminated the need to tip FOREVER. I'm exhausted. I spend a lot of time wondering if I've tipped enough-and I hate it! Charge me more!
@ATF@twitter Ooof. I'm in the same boat. I've been in my position for over two years, with no hope of getting a permanent position. I am so tired of not having sick days or vacation days, plus my company (I'm in educational publishing) keeps finding more and more ways to differentiate employees from contrators; e.g., contractors can't attend holiday parties, can't work from home, can't use the company name on their resume. It's getting worse all the time, and I need to get out of here soon.
Luckily, I do have insurance, but as with you, it is the WORST. It's basically a discount program and doesn't actually cover anything. Blergh.