@TARDIStime Also: props to you, author, for accepting that so well and not being a whiny bitch about it. It's great that you're resolving to be resourceful to pay for your studies.
"She basically said, “Um, no, I think you can afford it now—you’re 29. I’m spending my money on me now.” Props to your mum for having the strength to say this. I see some parents just totally putting themselves way out financially for their adult children because they just can't say "no". What they don't realise that they are robbing their kids of valuable life lessons about money!
Haha, I love how true it is that the higher up the ladder business-types get, they more likely it is that they just want a sandwich for lunch (not always the case, but it's common IME).
@swirrlygrrl Yeah, they're pretty much ubiquitous in Australia, too - but we don't have separate PINs for the chip and the magnetic swype, it's the same PIN for both, plus we have tap and go/paywave pretty much everywhere that's mega, like Coles and Woolworths and stuff. We are also sans TJ's here. But we did just get Costco a couple of years ago - I've never been because there are 2 people in my house and we are never going to use 1kg of strawberries before they all go off, even if it is like $5 for the whole punnet. We're also sans-Sephora. This is what kills me. :\
@Confused unfortunately the first rule of writing is to write what you know. And all of the people who submit articles are likely to be people who are aspiring/pro writers. It's not hard to deduce from this that most submissions here would be about how hard it is to be a writer - it's writers writing about what they know! Maybe you, a (presumably) non-aspiring writer, might like to submit something of quality that is about something less obvious/boring? But then, that might require the motivation to write; something you might not be as passionate about as some of the contributors here?
@sdekker Your mum is lucky!!! What did you get her as a gift (if you don't mind my nosiness?)
@@fo I would also like to know this. Inflation means something.
@boringbunny "To be turning 28 and not have had kids yet is not exactly a statement." Maybe not in society at large, but in her family circle it's a pretty big statement. She'll be the first in her family's history to hit 28 and be childless. Presumably, she's also the first in her family to be relatively affluent ("don't have to worry too much about basics" kind of affluent) in her 20's. The statement she is making is that she grew up on struggle street, but she doesn't live there any more, and good for her! I hope her family's proud.
Entertainment might be cheap in the US - anyone from the US who comes on holiday here will immediately comment on how expensive everything is in Australia. It's a small fortune just to get to the movies here ($18.50 pp, easy, that's just your tickets, not Vmax or 3D or anything, either). Under 30's tickets to the theatre are a thing of the past (2 tix to a small STC production = $120 minimum not including dinner or drinks). Not whingeing, none of these things are essentials, but it's definitely not cheaper to do these things than in the past.
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@loren smith Depends on the friend or family member. I'm 100% upfront about my sitch with my mum and she reciprocates. Close friends I have no issue sharing my financial state with and ditto close family (Mr TARDIStime, too, obviously). There are in-laws and acquaintances I'd rather not share with though (hello $400 we didn't need to be spending on plane tickets to be there for my MIL's surprise birthday [love her, but that's $$$ and we're not really flush atm/ever]).