I would love to see posts about fellow billfolder's offices. That would be super-interesting.
@Meaghano I had a similar upbringing, and didn't know about the vow of poverty thing until today. I always assumed there was one! And our priests were the same way.
@limenotapple Also, just in case anyone is interested (I was) here is what one diocese pays its priests: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/human-resources-office/salaries/ also they get paid extra for each mass/wedding/funeral. Also they don't have to pay for housing out of that salary. And they get an extra $16.xx a month for each year of service, and quite a good pension. I could make that go a long way if I didn't have housing costs!
I was raised Catholic, and do not identify with it anymore, but I thought I'd mention that diocesan priests, the ones in parishes, don't take vows of poverty, it's just priests in certain orders who take a vow of poverty. But yeah, it still sucks, and I dig the new pope for calling it out.
@Chris_HHH I have about $60K in student loans. My husband makes twice as much as I do. Everything we have is combined. So my student loans come out of our combined checking account. It works for us, and he recognizes that he was lucky that his parents could afford to pay for all of his education expenses, and doesn't want that to make me feel like I never have any money because mine couldn't. We've pretty much agreed to share everything...the income and the bills.
@clo This is what we do, too. I think it helps that we're both pretty cheap about things, so it's a system that works for us. If someone wants something expensive, we talk about when the best time to get it would be. It doesn't come up very often. I guess it also helps that we both agree on what's important to spend money on, and we give each other slack when we don't want the same things (if it's important to my partner, it's important to me).
There's supposed to be a storm here on Sunday, so I'm hurrying to the grocery store in hopes they still have basic items. I usually do my shopping on Saturday, but I know that will be too late. *sigh*
Doesn't "homeopathic" refer to a specific branch of alternative medicine? The one about like cures like, but only if it's watered down beyond detection?
@ThatJenn Oh my gosh getting rid of that must have felt really good. I totally get what you are saying about being limited on where you could live based on your stuff...that was a huge motivator for me. We have a small house with a small house payment, and for a long time I was sad, felt like I needed a bigger house, and it was really a relief when I had the idea that I just needed less stuff. And it's not a moral thing (for me anyway), it's just freeing to not have to worry about it, and to be able to focus on having good, long lasting stuff instead of multitudes of stuff.
I used to be horrible with hoarding clothes. I had so many boxes of clothes that didn't fit (and some never would). I recognize that the factor that led to me hoarding was money...when I didn't have any, I hoarded more things, and now I don't worry about it...if I ever do become a size muchsmaller again, I can just go buy new pants. Still, it's a hard habit to break.