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 1

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

On Can I Give You $1,000 and NOT Be a Bridesmaid?

"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

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm 7

On A Pick-Your-Brain Fee?

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.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm 1

On Budgeting for Vacations, Other People's Weddings, and Other Summer Stuff (Yay Summer!)

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.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm 0

On The Dregs of My Kickstarter Campaign

@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.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm 0

On The Dregs of My Kickstarter Campaign

I did a Kickstarter for a novel in the summer of 2012, originally promised books by November 2013 (was I INSANE???). Now have given myself a drop-dead date of July 31 (six weeks) to finish the writing part, hopefully to get the books in people's hands by the end of the year. I don't regret the process exactly but if I were to do it again, I'd do it ... differently.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm 0