On Fixing the Hiring Process

@meatballsub That really does seem truly heinous. I'm also not sure how much group interviews would help. It sounds more like a reality show.

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 5:44 pm 0

On Fixing the Hiring Process

Staffup Weekend sounds like a little slice of hell to me. I am not social.

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 9:45 am 3

On One Is the Loneliest Number, So Find a Cell Phone Family Plan

@jennknee I do T-Mob too! It really depends on where you live. In some smaller places, the coverage is not great, but it works well for me. I bought a Moto G for $179 off contract and I'm sure it will be a perfectly fine phone for some time. I just can't justify spending more than this, and my parents don't have a plan I can share with them.

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 12:03 pm 0

On Open Thread: Parental Assistance

@Christy I had the same thoughts about moving home with my parents...that hope I didn't have to but if I had to, it was an option better than being homeless or broke. And I did, and it was great, and really helped me to get to where i am today. And I also was able to know my parents really well as adults, and that was cool too. I don't see the shame in this line of thinking at all.

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:48 pm 0

On Brown Bagging It

@Aequorea Victoria @Aequorea Victoria I agree! I feel like this is treated like a moral failing, when it is really just how I choose to spend my money. I don't spend money on happy hours, bars, cable TV, a data plan, streaming video, concerts, etc., so this is one way to bring a little happiness to my day at Shitty Job. Also, I am not someone who could make a big batch of something on Sunday and eat the same thing all week. Maybe it depends on the thing.

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm 0

On Car Talk

Consumer Reports does a roundup of the used cars they recommend. You can probably get it at the library. You might be able to get it without even going to the library if you have a library card and your library subscribes to Masterfile Premier from Ebsco. A lot of public libraries let you access that from home. One thing I can say about buying a car from Enterprise is that they take the shady as hell factor out of buying a used car. It's a pleasantish experience compared to a lot of places.

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 11:02 am 0

On Unnecessary, Compulsive Frugality

I am more frugal with time than money. I can get more money. I will definitely pay people to do things for me. (It drives my dad insane that I will pay someone to always be there to, say, shovel my driveway). But, it would drive me nuts to spend a lot on a drink in a bar or restaurant or have a monthly plan for my cell phone. I am frugal with the thermostat and about dining out, but have no problem shelling out for someone to do my work so I can be a lazy bastard.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm 0

On It Depends on What the Definition of "Unlimited" Is

@forget it i quit Sometimes when people tell me how much they are paying for a monthly plan, I am just amazed. I am considering one of the cheap PAYG plans from T-Mobile, right now I just PAYG for talk and text. Still, it seems like a lot of money for me. $30 a month doesn't seem that bad, but it's more than I'm paying now.

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm 0

On Kids Trick-or-Treating Across Class Lines Makes 1%er Feel Faint

My neighborhood is not upper class by any means, and we get a lot of kids from some less-affluent neighborhoods. These kids are totally the reason I give out candy at all. I know what neighborhoods they come from (from talking to the parents who come with them) and it's a lot safer in my neighborhood, and that's what I want for all kids, to have this one night where you can dress up and have fun while not being shot. And I'm not rich. What really bugged me about this letter is how she was so worried about how she's already spending too much of her tax money on services. well, obviously not because there are still hungry people living in alleys, lady.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm 2

On How Going Cash-Only Helped Me Curb My Spending

@calamity I am the same way! I blow through cash like no one's business, but seeing the actual bill listing all the ways I spent my money is more of a rude awakening. It is more painful for sure, and it shows me how the small things add up. But I do look at statements and such pretty closely, and I pay it off every month.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm 0