It can be anywhere from $100 to $175 per week for us, depending on how many staples or expensive items we need to buy that week. We are two adults in a major metro area. This includes food for two cats, paper goods, and bird seed for the outdoor birds. This does not include alcohol, which we can't buy at the grocery store, or dog food, because we have to buy that special from the vet.
@SarcasticFringehead YES. This happened to me and it was a nightmare. I worked at Victoria's Secret one summer and you were supposed to sign three people up for credit cards per 8-hour shift. Every single employee was supposed to do this, even though it was much much easier to sign people up for the cards while you were working the register. I worked the sales floor and they wouldn't train me on the register because I didn't sign enough people up for credit cards, and eventually cut my hours as well. NIGHTMARE. They made me sign myself up for a card one time to help meet my quota.
@Lily Rowan It's amazing, isn't it? When my parents went to college in the early-mid 1960s they worked over the summer and made enough to pay their entire tuition and living expenses, including rent, for the coming school year.
@BornSecular Ha, well, I just found out my coworker who is leaving for a new job got that job through a friend in her alumni group! Timely!
This is a little discouraging, but: Every office job I have ever had (three)I got from job boards. I only have gotten an interview because of a (very enthusiastic) referral from a friend who worked at the company once, and I was not hired for that position. I know maybe two people off the top of my head who were hired based on referrals.
@aetataureate possibly! Probably also not being willing to tweak a resume or apply to a job you aren't interested in labels you as "difficult." They just want someone to fill the available job, I guess!
I had a very similar experience a few years ago. A recruiter got in touch with me and I had a great and positive meeting with her. Shortly after, she sent me a potential job but it had nothing to do with the field I was interested in. After I said I didn't think I should apply to that job she never contacted me again and ignored my emails. I got a job in my desired field not long after without her help. She had also asked that I send her the contact info of friends who were looking for jobs and I did and she never contacted my friend. I don't understand how they get any business done this way.
I don't have all the breakdowns at hand but we spent somewhere around $12-$13K on the whole shebang in the metro DC area (90 guests). Rehearsal dinner was $500 in Chinese food for like 25-30 people at a relative's house the night before. You can get a really nice looking diamond for a LOT less than $8K. Like A LOT. But I guess if you've got it, spend it! We also got around $2K in gifts from people (not counting what our families contributed to the wedding costs, which was substantial), I think? My advice is don't get hung up on everything looking perfect or having matching linens and elaborate floral displays. We did have about $1K in flowers but other than that absolutely zero decorations and the whole thing still looked really fancy and classy.
YES. I went to Vegas last year for a dear friend's wedding. The first night we went out and because I planned it and am relatively un-wealthy we got some thing where we did not have to wait in line but did not have bottle service. It was fun, but exhausting, because if you do not have bottle service there is literally no where to sit! You can only stand in heels for so many hours and at the end of it I thought I might never walk again. The next night, after the wedding, a friend of the couple quite generously got us a huge table and bottle service and it was amazinggg. I almost feel like I never want to go to a club again without doing bottle service (even though I acknowledge it is totally ridiculous and basically a scam) so being the broke-ass that I am, that is probably the end of my club-going career.
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