@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.
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
@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.)
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.
@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.
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?
"recipe and lingerie showers are now the norm" NO THEY ARE NOT AND YOU WILL NEVER, EVER CONVINCE ME THAT THEY ARE "SOMETHING A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE OF A CERTAIN AGE AND CULTURAL AND CLASS POSITION DO" DOES NOT MEAN "THE NORM" IF MORE THAN 10% OF WEDDINGS IN AMERICA ARE PRECEEDED BY EVEN ONE OF THESE EVENTS I WILL EAT MY HAT, I WILL EAT ALL OF MY HATS
I mean I guess I wouldn't do a 90-minute commute each way to have a lunch like this with someone, as whined about in the article? I'm pretty sure if someone wants to pick your brain about something, you are within your rights to have them come to where you are or otherwise make it as easy for you as possible. But actually charging? Well, no.
It took me a minute to realize that Mike wasn't in the wedding party, but rather was going to a wedding where *everyone* was wearing tuxedos, which: SWANKY. I was in a couple of weddings some years ago and had the thought that it would've been cheaper to buy a tux, but when you're a groomsman generally you all have to match, like the birdesmaids, so you usually end up having to rent no matter what swanky clothes you actually own! Re: saving for travel, I have $250 a month budgeted for travel and move that amount into a CapitolOne Online account (RIP ING) on the 15th of every month. Obviously we don't actually spend that monthly but that's generally what it works out over the course of the year. Generally speaking there's enough in there to cover our travel expenses, though sometimes I have to "borrow" against the future (i.e. I'll be $500 short but I just won't put money in for the next two months) and we generally have enough if all-purpose savings to handle that kind of float.
@HelloTheFuture Highly endorse Nicole's answer for myself, and also do have to note that while many backers take Ester's attitude, others more take the tack of "Where is my [reward]? When will I get [the reward]? Why aren't you working on my [reward] right now?" As is 100% their right to do! But it makes for streeessssss.