I'm SO CLOSE! In 6-8 months I will be debt-free and that is actually slightly more terrifying than I thought it would be. What do I do now? How do I save? What is "the stock market"? Post-grad loan + (tiny) credit card balance November 1, 2013 - $5,190.46 December 1, 2013 - $4,678.05
I'm all for running in what you got. I think all in all, I've only spent 150$ on my running wardrobe. New shoes, $40 (crazy Puma sample sale), winterproofed Nike leggings, $50, (I'm in Canada yo) Champion sports bra $25, Fleece running jacket with pockets $25, Zombies Run! app - $5? And when it's warm I just wear whatever sweatpants/shorts/concert tshirt I have in my drawer.
$20,000 eh? I'd put about $10,000 on me and my boyfriend's debt, which would clear the both of us (OH GOD YAY) $1000 - Lasik surgery! $500 - New couch. Ours looks like we found it on the street. $1000 - New laptop, my battery is fried, the speakers are kaput, and it can't run YouTube 720p videos. Poor old friend. $1000 - Top up our vacation fund. Whut whut. $1000 - New clothes/shoes/accessories. Oh my god. I've been living in clothing swap leftovers/clearance sale/final sale items for years. $500 - Take my family out somewhere nice to eat for dinner (aka, take my inlaws one place, then take my mother, grandma and brother one place, and my dad and his girlfriend to another, so three dinners) $5000 - THROW IT IN MY RRSP.
On Places I’ve Lived: Unwashed Dishes in Montreal, Wild Pigs in India and Roasted Marshmallows in Toronto
$1500 for two stories is amazing, all I'm finding lately are $1500 for one bedroom plus den. Ugh.
@bgprincipessa I especially love when they have a CONVERSATION about said article of clothing and then a few episodes later, one of them is wearing it (i.e. when Lorelai finds some old sweaters that Rory had nicked)
I must point out that on Gilmore Girls, they are CONSTANTLY rewearing dresses, shoes, skirts, coats, etc, and I NOTICE it and LOVE it.
On Cleaning Day
I try to do a clothing purge every few months with stuff from that season I haven't worn. Swaps are very hip in Toronto and I try to do a pre-swap purge to get rid of the gross things that nobody would ever want and turn them into rags or let the donation people sort it out. I'm also a toiletry hog though, my tiny bathroom is FULL of multiple bubble baths and crap, I try to restrain from buying them but somehow I still end up with...crap!
@FancyMachine Do you not have a kettle at work? That is $40 a month for 20 teabags which cost $6 in a box from Timmies. Highway robbery! - endmomrant
I hate when they stand on opposite sides of a street corner so you have to reject them twice. The absolute worst are the "I LOVE YOUR PANTS/HAIR/BAG/SHOES/JACKET" types who try to sucker you in with a completely fake compliment. Also bad? The ones who won't take "No, thank you." for an answer and go "C'mon, what else are you doing/going/I'll change your mind, etc". It's a form of street harassment when they get that aggressive. Do they really think I'm going to let them bully me and piss me off and then give them money? Focus on somebody else, buddy!
New York has intense panhandlers. I've seen creative ones all over, a guy in Halifax tried to get me to give him $20 because I had a nice face and he was waiting for heart surgery, a hilarious panhandler in London bugged us because he liked the way we laughed at each others jokesjokes, a woman here in Toronto kept throwing her kids in front of passers-by to prove that she needed money to support them, but the one that really made me pause was when a dude sent his 4 year old into a cafe in New York to sell chocolate bars.