On Deciding to Buy Renters Insurance

@appletree Cool, let me just clear my month to get this all done. Just joking on the snark. These are great ideas and I am impressed. Can you come over and do it for me?

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm 0

On How a Person Who Recently Transitioned Careers Does Money

Jealous jealous jealous jealous jealous. Good job.

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm 0

On Meeting The Me That Could Have Been

Meeting those people is so frustrating. That is basically my work day every day, and to make it worse, I stalk people in my industry on social media and a local industry blog. I could have been you, if I had just gotten an internship earlier in college! I could have been you, if my literature professors had ever once, just once, mentioned jobs. I could have been you, if I had known it was an option.

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm 0

On In Search of a Deal on Wheels

Hey, that was my weekend too! And now there's a new car in my garage, but I took the bus to work today, because my parking card isn't effective until the 15th and while I can spend tens of thousands of dollars on a new car, I can't pay $13 a day for parking even for a few days. That is because the car = new life, funded by inheritance, and parking = old life. I don't know why. Paying cash is a weird position to be in. The whole thing was weird. So I researched for a year, went to one dealership, drove one car, negotiated down $1,000 and walked away with one less check in my checkbook. Buy the car. Then you can do things like doctors appointments and dog play dates.

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 5:43 pm 0

On How I Changed My Life and Became a Cheesemaker in Three Difficult Years

So jealous. I love my little family, but pets and a relationship are a big factor keeping me at my office job and away from my farm dreams. Also I look terrible without the help of a hair dryer.

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm 0

On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

1. How much did you spend on presents this year? So far I think I'm close to $400 and I'm not done. 2. How much did your most expensive gift cost? $99, love you, boyfriend. That is one of several for him. 3. How about the least expensive gift? Well, the jelly beans I wrapped with my nephew's $50 iTunes gift card were $1. 4. Did you make a budget before you began shopping for presents? No. 5. If yes to #4, did you stay within your budget? Um, definitely exceeded. 6. Did you put any presents on a (gasp!) credit card. Yes, most of them, because I'm awaiting a large chunk of money that hasn't hit yet, and the extravagant gift giving is part of the new life that comes with that money. New life (gifts; J. Crew jeans) is on credit card; old life (groceries) on my debit card. 7. Do you feel like you spent “the right amount” on presents this year? I just found out about a significant inheritance, but haven't worked out the details about when I get the money. So, I kind of went a little crazy with the gift giving this year, because I went a little crazy shopping for myself and feel like I need to take care of others. I see my family so rarely and wanted to give them useful gifts this year. Also, I haven't sent my nephew a gift in a few years and needed to make up for that. So this is mostly guilt-driven giving. It's very weird to find out about a life-changing amount of money right during gift giving season, especially when you don't actually have the money. Realistically, I probably would have spent the same amount inheritance or no inheritance. These were all good gifts.

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0

On Simulating Wealth and Poverty in Junior High

@Samantha Something about this is cracking me up. The Reality Store! Reminds me of The Jerk Store comment in Seinfeld. So when I'm browsing the sale section at Madewell.com, I'd get a message: "The Reality Store called, they'd like a word with you."

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:04 am 1

On An Interview With Someone Who Got Fired for Not Having a 'Hunger for Marketing'

My whole take away from this is basically just that work sucks, being an employee sucks, marketing kind of sucks, life sucks, and this interview moves me one tiny step closer to leaving the office world and becoming a dog walker. Sounds like this person had a really awful experience, and I think we can all relate. It's hard to not like the taste of the Kool-Aid.

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm 2

On How To Get Our Belongings of Questionable Worth Across The Country

I'm from Portland but moved away and it's such a nice place to live. So happy for you. You are going to love it!

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm 0

On The Cost of Owning a Pit Bull in the City, Pt. 1

@garli Sigh. The rational, good advice I'm hoping to avoid. It always comes back to a crate.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm 0