On How Apartment Hunting Is Different From Shoes Shopping

@amanda w. Along those lines, take a chance on online listings that don't include pictures. I found a place on Craigslist that sounded great and went to check it out even though I had no idea what it looked like. Turns out it had high ceilings, gorgeous built-ins, tons of light, and a huge communal yard. And the caretaker was a very sweet older lady too frugal to buy a digital camera or smartphone.

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:34 am 1

On The Yoghurt Factor

@kstohl Whenever someone says they've never liked yogurt but they like Noosa, I think, "Oh, so you still don't like yogurt, you like pudding."

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 1:25 pm 3

On Move To Indianapolis, Ask For Raises In Dec, & More Ways To Make $$$ At Work

@A-M When I moved to NY and started looking for journalism jobs, I interviewed at a couple mid-sized places where I knew people. These were publications I was already freelancing for, and I figured I was a shoe-in. I was the second choice in both cases. Then I saw a MediaBistro listing for a job at a huge media company where I didn't know anyone. One I'd looooooove to work for. I figured I didn't have a chance but applied anyway. Long story short, I got the job at the place where I had zero connections. So it happens.

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm 0

On How A Job-Hopping Latina Does Money

@jennknee I can't speak for @aetataureate, but the way Alisha keeps bringing up that financial class seems off to me. It feels salesy.

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm 0

On How Much Do Teens Plan to Spend on Promposals? $324, On Average

The really irritating girl who sat next to me in band had a huge crush on one of my platonic male friends and kept asking me who he was taking to prom. When I passed this info on to him, he said "Dammit, I need to find a date. *pause* Lindsey, you're a girl..." It was very romantic. On top of being someone's passive aggressive excuse, I was also the one who had to break it to Irritating Girl that I was suddenly Platonic Friend's prom date. She reacted by "playfully" slugging me on the arm repeatedly while squealing, "You're so lucky!" I had a bruise the next day. As for prom costs, I think I only had to pay for my ticket. I borrowed a dress and shoes from a friend, and Platonic Friend drove and paid for dinner. At the end of the night, he and some friends went back to his house to watch terrible movies (Night at the Roxbury!) while I stayed at our casino-themed post prom and won a super sweet 3-disc changer boombox. So at least I got something out of it.

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 3:17 pm 0

On The Doggy Bag Dilemma

The writer is missing out on some prime leftover opportunities. A good steak cooked medium rare at the restaurant reheats to a respectable medium for steak and eggs the next morning. And leftover rice makes great fried rice later in the week. I usually ask for extra at the end of the meal. Sometimes it's free, sometimes it costs a buck.

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm 1

On Increased Income and Decreased Generosity

@garli I decided a while ago that I'm too cheap to donate money, so I give blood instead. Plus, I've got sweet O negative running through my veins. Universal and invaluable.

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 2:02 pm 1

On What Minneapolis Does Right

It's super bikable, it's got an amazing music scene, the summers are beautiful, and it's affordable enough that I was able to buy a house on my own. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I've also heard that it's hard to make friends as an adult here, but isn't that true everywhere?

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Ginny Potter

Now I'm wondering what Ron would have done to keep his sister from getting pregnant.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm 0

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get for $295,000

Clawfoot tubs! I just redid my bathroom and was lucky enough to pick up one that someone was tossing out. A little sanding, a couple coats of "soft iron"-colored spray paint (with glossy white for the feet), and it is looking sharp. I'm living the dream! Affordably!

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm 0