On Printing & Crying

I used the Wirecutter-Approved B&W Laser Printer and it's amazing and I never tire of owning it. Inkjet printers are irritating garbage machines but laser printers basically work forever and are zero hassle I might print super often but I'm always glad to own one, TEAM PRINTER ALL THE WAY

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm 3

On From Counting Pennies to Letting Things Slide

@Allison we went to a nice restaunt last friday that was having some kind of trouble with its computer system and there's been a "pending" charge for $80 (price of the meal w/out the tip) ever since, even though the actual with-tip charge has gone through. It's weird that it's been there almost a week now! At what point should you call and complain about it? It's not cramping my style at the moment but $80 isn't nothing and we don't have access to that money while the hold is there.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:46 am 0

On From Counting Pennies to Letting Things Slide

i would probably call about the $10, and would probably feel more that it was the princple of the thing than about the actual money. however, if dealing with getting the fraudulent charges reversed had been a huge hassle, I might not bother to do it. but if i remember your description, that wasn't a pain at all? so, i'd still have energy left to deal with it AND a certain amount of confidence that dealing with it wouldn't be a huge hassle.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:41 am 0

On America Runs on Dunkin' (In Secret Pools)

My wife and I belong to a private pool club because we swim for exercise and there are always lap lanes available all day all year round. But there are plenty of families with kids who only join for the summer season (there are outdoor and indoor pools at the club) just to have a place for kids to play, when there are much cheaper public alternatives out there. Our pool is $125/month for a family whereas I think the city pools are like $35 per person for the whole summer. City pools are definitely more crowded and somewhat more chaotic, and, this being Baltimore city, much more African-American, although our pool club isn't monochromatic by any means (though it certainly doesn't reflect the area demographics). The most interesting/horrifying/revealing Baltimore pool fact that I learned recently is that the public city pools in the early 20th century were not racially segregated, but were only open to men. Once they started letting women in, they segregated them by race at the same time.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:11 am 0

On Which is Objectively Worse, Burger King or McDonalds, Sbarro or Pizza Hut?

@TheDoctorsCompanion yeah, I'm willing to bet that chicken offerings at McDs now outsell the burgers. I definitely think that their chicken stuff is of (relatively) higher quality.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm 0

On Riding in Car Services With Boys

haha health insurance for a baby doesn't kick into effect the moment a baby is born, are you fucking kidding me #america #fuck #jesusfuckingchrist

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm 3

On Family Plan Shame

@jfruh (and I should emphasize that I genuinely love my parents, talk to them regularly, am grateful for the financial legs up they've given me over the years, etc.! It's just ... being in this ongoing relationship that implies we're in the same household pushes my buttons somehow.)

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm 0

On Family Plan Shame

I am a newly minted 40 year old and generally speaking I push back when my co-Gen Xers gripe with varying degrees of ill will about Millenial entitlement and coddling, but the Endless Family Plan I cannot but guffaw at. At MINIMUM if you are employed you should be paying your parents for the cost of your extra line, but really, DO YOU WANT TO BE ECONOMICALLY INTERMINGLED WITH YOUR PARENTS? DO YOU? I mean, maybe you do! I sure don't, though. Nope nope nope NOPE.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm 0

On The "I Got a CPA" Update

@HelloTheFuture oh, i don't either! Much of my reluctance to go to a CPA has been for exactly this reason, so I'm reassured.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:36 pm 0

On The "I Got a CPA" Update

Out of curiosity, did your CPA require receipts at all? I keep pretty meticulous track of my business spending in Quicken and can produce slick-looking reports as needed but I don't always have the physical receipts handy, not least because I don't always get them (recurring credit card charges, etc.). Was s/he willing to just crunch the numbers you gave them or do they have some professional responsiblity to verify at least to a certain extent? I am a notorious self-tax-doer (though I have used TurboTax for the past couple of years) but will surely use a CPA next spring as 2014 is going to be insanely complex tax-wise. W2 income, 1099 income, estimated payements, living in multiple states, converting a residence to rental property, and getting rental income from the state we leave after we leave it ... well. A person's got to know their limitations, you know?

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm 0