On Who Lives In All Those Fancy Condos? Human Props & Nobody

@hershmire I'm not sure of the real estate values of their locales, but where I'm from? Average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment is $1,100 and the average semi-detached house price is $550,000, so this arrangement is actually a really good deal if you have multiple family members and need a nice place to stay!

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm 1

On Who Lives In All Those Fancy Condos? Human Props & Nobody

@andnowlights I DID read of a situation like that in the UK, where you stay at old heritage homes and act as their caretaker for a small stipend!

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm 0

On Who Lives In All Those Fancy Condos? Human Props & Nobody

@andnowlights You're not getting paid for it, you're PAYING for it. "Showhomes pays moving costs but the Muellers pay the firm about $1,200 in rent, plus all household bills."

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm 1

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@Lily Rowan SO WEIRD. Maybe people worry about change machines being broken into?

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm 0

On WWYD: Prudie & The Ethicist Edition

@cjm Regardless of how she found herself in debt, the major issue is that she's withholding her debt amount to her fiance.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

What self-respecting laundromat doesn't have a clerk or a change machine?

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm 0

On Cats vs. Dogs: The Dollars and Sense Edition

It all depends on the cat. I currently have three (all indoors). 1) Good cat. She was 2-4 when I adopted her six years ago. She came already fixed and with her shots. She's only cost me MAYBE $150 in vet bills since I got her. 2. Chub chub. He was 6 months old when I got him, five and a half years ago. He wasn't fixed, had worms, and developed ALL KINDS OF HEALTH PROBLEMS for his first three years of life. He's cost me well over 5k in vet bills but not all at once, thank god. Knock on wood, he's been healthy and fine for almost three years now, so it might've just been one really entangled issue. 3. Kitten-cat. She's almost 2, I got her when she was four months old. I needed to get her kitten boosters but she was already fixed. I think she's cost me $300 so far? So, all in all, it really just depends. My cats aren't old yet, but my mom has two 19 year old sister-cats who were healthy as horses until they were 14 years old, but even they don't cost that much. Indoor cats FTW.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On What I Learned About Renting While Living in Canada

It's good to note that security/damage deposits are not legal in all provinces. In Ontario, landlords can only take a RENT deposit which can only be used for rent and not for any damage to the unit. http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/Key_Information/STEL02_111479.html Be sure you know the differences in your rights from province to province.

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 9:52 am 0

On The Hardest $270 I've Ever Saved

Never skip dental appointments! I was in the chair with my dental hygienist last summer and everything was fine and dandy in my room but I could HEAR the lady in the next room. She and my dentist were going over and over all the problems she had because she kept skipping appointments for years, and she wasn't even that old. It was horrifying and I turned white as a sheet and my hygienist figured it out and turned to me like "OMG, calm down, you're FINE" That said, I know a lot of people in their late twenties who STILL get their parents to pay for their dental bills. Like. What?

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 1:21 pm 0

On Dinner Reservations: Out

I don't understand why we can't just penalize people who don't show up for reservations. Like, you pre-pay $20 for your reservation and it's taken out of your bill if you show up.

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm 0