@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.
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.
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.
@Josh Michtom@facebook This is an excellent comment on corporations. I may use it sometime, but I will give you full credit/royalties.
@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.
@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.
@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.
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.
Today I realized I am not a Millennial. Minus the craft beer because who seriously imbibes in Bud light post age 22.
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.