Send this link/info to your landlord— $50 rebate and free pickup! http://www.coned.com/energyefficiency/residential_bounty_program.asp Also, "Residential Bounty Program" lolol
@laluchita Yeah! PubMed you guys! Anyone can access it and read the abstracts!
Except... there are randomized controlled trials showing the benefits of acupuncture and probiotics (for certain populations to a certain degree etc. etc.), but not of juice cleanses. And so on and so forth. Instead of grouping all "Whole Foods pseudoscience" into one category, if you want to use real science to do so, why not actually do that?
@garli Yeahhhhhh... your numbers make me feel slightly better, instead of like the terrible spendthrift that I am in comparison to this author. $160/month for unlimited yoga. (I usually go 3-4x a week, so about $12/class, not bad for an hour and a half of yoga.) I've found that quality exercise clothes basically last indefinitely if you wash them on delicate and air-dry, so even though I've probably spent about (~$80/pant x ~$40/shirt = $120/outfit, 7 outfits -->) $820 (!!!!!) on exercise clothes over the last 7 years, that comes out to, say $82 a year, so not bad. Mat (Manduka Pro Lite) = $80. Winter hiking and skiing: $45 on ski gloves, $100 on ski pants, $15 on ski socks,$90 on base layer (outrageously expensive but SMARTWOOL! It's so great! I wear it like 3 days a week!) Deciding to do a triathlon: $110 on running shoes (Wendy Davis' Mizunos!) $80/semester for gym locker. $0 on Speedo from when I was TWELVE $20 on goggles $8 on swim cap $110 on Triathlon fee $12 for one day triathlon club membership? (bike costs are calculate along with transportation)
@Cup of T A weekly housekeep actually seems like something that might be reasonable for some families on a middle-class budget, unlike some of these other things, I think.
@andnowlights The money required to afford these things would put you in upper-class or, depending where you live, the 1%, right?
@polka dots vs stripes Oh good point, I like this (I mean how you're saying it, not the reality of it, obviously)!
I am so sick of yoga being the "new latte," so to speak—that it's what's ruining your finances. For people who truly have a committed yoga practice (not just pay for a membership and don't go, or go once every 3 weeks), the cost of a yoga class— $10-15 (or less, with an unlimited membership), say, for 90 minutes, is not only a fulfilling and happy thing to spend money on, it is probably saving money down the line. Having a regular yoga practice or "just stretching" in your living room, without any supervision ever, is likely to eventually result in injuries that wouldn't happen if you had a great instructor helping you focus on things you didn't even notice. That means lower health care bills, less physical therapy (and chiropractors, acupuncturists, cupping, back surgery, exercise equipment for an "easy home gym" that never gets used, etc. etc.), and a longer, more active life. I'm not saying everyone needs to yoga or cut other "luxuries" out of their life first, but in mocking upper class lifestyles, why not throw in fine wine, juice cleanses, and designer clothing? And if trying to encourage this strange, accusatory style of financial responsibility, why not focus on things like eating meals out, drinking a lot (in or out), cable, buying books instead of going to the library, etc. etc.? I'm happy to broaden my little rant to include the YMCA, Crossfit, the rock climbing gym, dance class, etc. etc. etc. I still cast a bit of side-eye at SoulCycle and PureBarre classes at ~$32 for ~45 minutes of exercising, but if someone on a budget wants to argue in their favor for how they make it work, I'm not going to start shouting at them to "just ride a bike" or "put a handicapped-accessible grab bar in your living room to use as a barre!" I think people should absolutely be able decide how to spend their own money, but I think spending money on preventative health is something that should be ENCOURAGED, not turned into something to be guilty about! Ahh sorry this gets me worked up.
Going rock climbing! I thought this was a cute and original idea but turns out, not only is there a couples' valentines day special*, there is also a Tinder special/mixer**? So, hopefully it will be more fun people-watching than just being out with lots of other boring monogamous couples? We'll see. I feel quite silly. *$49 for one/$99 for two Learn the Ropes course, gear, day pass, plus extra day pass and gear for another day. **Brooklyn Boulders, $19 day pass + gear if you make a Tinder profile and use a photo of yourself rock climbing.
@Adouble This may help give Meghan context: http://thebillfold.com/2013/10/first-day-of-school/