On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

@ATF Yikes!! I would've had a minor panic attack or gone all Liam Neeson a la Taken. It's also alarming how much tailoring actually costs. I felt I had small adjustments but it still was around $500.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:33 pm 2

On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

Hmm. Everything? I distinctly remember a few late night sob sessions to my then-fiance about our assumed budget of $25,000. It felt like an absurd amount of cash. Actual cost: $45,000. Yay.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm 1

On Concerning Eschewing Ivies and Raising Working-Class Heroes

Back in my halcyon days of youth I dated a few extremely wealthy men. And this: "you can’t cogitate your way to sympathy with people of different backgrounds" - is just painfully accurate. My middle class background was often a confusing and befuddling thought exercise for them.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:20 am 0

On Concerning Eschewing Ivies and Raising Working-Class Heroes

@Josh Michtom@facebook This is an excellent comment on corporations. I may use it sometime, but I will give you full credit/royalties.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:13 am 0

On Our Attempt at a $20-a-Day Budget

@Emily Kaye Lazzaro Well, I see your point but disagree. The treasurer is there to work with all citizens, regardless of their wealth or non-wealth. You are owed that money due to your living situation, which the city feels justifies a return. Just a warning: you will need to do this shit A LOT for your kid (esp as they get older). That is, deal with people and argue and whatever because kid needs [something]. It sucks, but it is part of parent life.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:59 am 0

On Our Attempt at a $20-a-Day Budget

@LookUponMyWorks We registered the shit out of the practical stuff because I just did not want to bother. Then we got a few gift cards too to purchase some fun things! Between that, some Craigslist scouting, vintage/antique stores, and friends who were done with babies, we spent very little $$ prepping for our kid.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm 0

On What Aren't We Spending Money On?

@jillcool HAH yes, it was condescending but said a bit in jest. Outside of beers, your life choices are very similar to mine: A couple of used cars, just bought our second home last fall, a pension (husbands), and 1 child. No boat though, unfortunately. I also straddle the Gen X//Millennial line.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm 0

On Our Attempt at a $20-a-Day Budget

Even though microbudgeting appeals to me on a visceral level ("OOoo I have $25 ALL DAY!") the reality just doesn't work: some random expense meant that I was constantly borrowing money days ahead. The annoying calculations were too much so I went back to monthly budgets. Boring but it works for now. Unrelated but: I am confused about the $500/month tax exemption you gave up on fighting. This amount seems insanely high to acquiesce, (assuming anywhere from $3-6k total)? Call the city! File an appeal! Seriously that's like.. 200 bottles of formula or 800 diapers or 2 mamaroo's.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm 2

On What Aren't We Spending Money On?

Today I realized I am not a Millennial. Minus the craft beer because who seriously imbibes in Bud light post age 22.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:29 am 1

On The Cost of Dual Citizenship

This is very relevant to me and my little fambam as we are applying for dual citizenship RIGHT NOW (italy). I hadn't realized (stupidly) that there would be significant fees involved. Whoops. Regardless, nothing is getting in the way of my escapist/Tuscany dreams.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 10:25 am 0