Definitely the "be ready" one! I'm in LA so the market's a bit different, but I've only applied to two apartments ever here, and got them both. For the most recent one, we actually saw the listing and asked if we could see it BEFORE the scheduled open house--as a result, we got our paperwork in before another potential tenant had even seen it. That took out a lot of work for the management company, so I think we just had to be "good enough" rather than "the best prospective tenants of all time."
Wow, Mike Dang, you are so fancy! I've never spent that much on dinner, but that's the type of adult I aspire to be. One time my share at a birthday dinner was $60 and I almost fainted. FRIDAY: People watching / window shopping around City Walk, $5 for parking, $6 for ice cream. Grocery shopping, $60 (including $10 in quarters for laundry). SATURDAY: Watched movies at home, went to Target and forgot to use my gift card which was the whole point of going ($12), went to Sephora and DID remember my gift card ($0). SUNDAY: Watched 9 episodes of Game of Thrones to catch up for the new episode, while washing, drying and folding every item of clothing that I own. ($0)
I know it keeps you healthy, but God... at what cost?
I'd call the people running the contest as well--if it's a really extravagant dinner, it doesn't seem fair that you'd have to pay a huge tip on something you probably wouldn't have splurged on yourself to start with? It sounds like that episode of Futurama where this chef invites the gang to a fancy dinner at his restaurant as an apology, but then presents them with the check at the end. I always loved getting tipped in wine working as a caterer/bartender, BUT that was always on top of my actual cash payment. Actually, my current boss in my office job also "tips" me with bottles of wine sometimes... so maybe it's just something about me.
This is my second weekend on Moviepass and I LOVE IT. Movies were my #1 splurge and I've already used up my first month's payment several times over. Friday: $0, spent watching movies at home Saturday: $30 groceries, $25 sushi dinner, $17 Gap outlet yoga pants so I can get Jennifer Lawrence's butt from Silver Linings Playbook, $0 movie (Hansel and Gretel--so dumb but I really liked it?!) Sunday: $0 movie (The Last Stand--decently entertaining action flick), 75 cents on movie snacks for me and bf (majority paid with reward points from AMC Stubs program) Probably only would've gone to one of those movies without Moviepass, but still at least $12.50 ahead with it, just for this weekend!
I was a freelancer for the first time last year and I ALSO did not know about quarterly taxes until April! Or the additional tax for being self-employed. Or the city business tax. So many great discoveries!
@littleoaks AHH this happened to me too, and I can't decide if it's worth the OS upgrade $$$ to not have to click "Run this time" on every. single. page. or if I should just go back to Firefox in the mean time, which at least seems to be semi-functional. My biggest issue with any upgrade is that you can't take screenshots from DVD player any more, and my shoops will surely suffer as a result.
I guess my everyday reality is too close to Halloween... but I always watch Nightmare Before Christmas on ~Christmas Eve~, of course! Also Love Actually and/or The Holiday with my mom!
Last year was my first year working as a contractor and I had NO IDEA you had to do this, so April was a pretty nasty surprise. However, this year, my completely brainless work-around is that when I filed with Turbo Tax, they actually generated the necessary 1040ES forms for the upcoming year, with how much to pay and due dates, etc. I then set up a "goal" in Mint which tells me how much to put aside every month for the quarterly payment into an untouchable account. This only works if you make about the same every year, but for me at least it ends up being pretty close!
The biggest thing that throws me off nowadays is when my extended family is in town... I'll always buy the unlimited pass, figuring we'll be using it a lot while sight-seeing, but forgetting that they're either scared of the subway or think that taking a cab from the UWS to Times Square at 6:30 pm is a great idea.