On Did I Get a Bad Job Offer?

I work in HR. What you're being offered is completely standard. Not necessarily a great deal, but no, they're not trying to pull a fast one. Freelancers and temps get paid a premium because they have to cover their own insurance. Regular workers get paid less hourly, but receive enough in benefits to make up the difference. Based on your freelance wages + Obamacare analysis, this might not be the right move for you, but I wanted to chime in to say your company isn't being shady.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm 0

On When Things Fall Apart: The Cost of Divorce

@steponitvelma Interesting! Thanks for bringing in a more thorough perspective.

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 9:21 am 0

On When Things Fall Apart: The Cost of Divorce

@OllyOlly Check out the divorce laws in your state. They may already be in line with what you'd want a pre-nup to say. Then if you moved after getting married to a state with divorce laws you didn't like, you could get a post-nup.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm 1

On When Things Fall Apart: The Cost of Divorce

@pernickety I'm not a lawyer (so lawyers, chime in), but I believe the prenup could be declared invalid later since each side wouldn't have separate legal counsel.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm 0

On Where Should We Stay for the Wedding?

@sherlock Or you might never feel that way. I've been to loads of weddings and still think they're the best for all the reasons you listed. A big party where everybody's happy and I can dress up and there's music and booze? I'll RSVP yes even if I only know the bride.

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 10:24 am 0

On Where Should We Stay for the Wedding?

@jfruh Seriously, 2/3 is normal. Boyfriend will be using the bathroom and kitchen, right? With a house rental, it's not about how bedrooms are occupied, it's about how many people are there.

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 10:11 am 0

On How Much Do You Spend on Transportation Each Month?

I drive 99% of the time, which averages a total of $293/month for gas, insurance, parking, and maintenance/repair. That drops by about $25/month if you consider gas for long trips a travel expense instead of a transportation expense.

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 9:55 am 0

On I Am Fastidiously Frugal And Exorbitantly Flagrant (Because: Balance) (And: Parents)

@readyornot I found this interesting because her spending seems either very frugal or very expensive. I have priorities and allocate money accordingly, but there's less deviation from the mean.

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 11:26 am 0

On So Like Here's My Business Card With My Contact Info Or Whatever Cool

Emergency tooth pick. Inelegant but effective.

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm 1

On How Much Do You Spend on Groceries Every Week?

Looking at the past couple of months, we average $87/week on groceries for two people, so $43.50/person. That's deceptively low, though, because we eat out every weekend and frequently buy lunch. We recently realized we average $135/person a week on food/booze overall (groceries + restaurants + bars). We were pretty horrified when we crunched those numbers.

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 10:26 am 0