@erinep Culver's is great! I will gladly pay a little more for one of their butterburgers.
Well, I love Chipotle, but I wouldn't consider it to be cheap. I think that's why people pick some of the lower things on the list...they are really, really cheap. Cici's...you can stay there for a long time and really fill up on $5, and if that's the only meal you're going to get that day, why not make it last and really get your money's worth? I don't really understand why everyone loves Panera so much. I guess it's better than a lot of fast-food choices, but I always feel like I paid too much. I love Schlotzky's, but sadly, they aren't around my neck of the woods anymore. I have to be pretty desperate to eat some things on that list.
@andnowlights I was going to mention flour, for when I bake (otherwise I don't care) and cereal. Also, the generic of my face wash is different even depending on where I buy it. The Walgreens brand is different from the Target brand, which is different from the name brand. It all worked out for me, but my husband had some skin issues from the Target one.
My one thing was Tuesday...go to the dentist after a 15 year hiatus and face my fear because my pain is so intense it's just....ugh. Haven't done the work yet though! SO MUCH DENTAL WORK JUST KNOCK ME OUT.
@Allison I was coming here to say exactly this. In my last job, I worked at a community college in a socioeconomically depressed area, and it's this exactly. Also, my monthly cell bill is a lot cheaper than my landline bill ever was.
@Allison I also love my fitbit, and one of the reasons I love it is for sleep tracking. It's really helped me find patterns in my sleep and identify issues. It's helpful for me to have the visible reminder to walk more. I've had mine for about 6 months and still wear it every day, and try to get as close to 10,000 steps as I can, but also when I was rehabbing my ankle, I was able to choose a more appropriate goal. Having it all on my phone is a bonus.
I just love Ester Bloom's posts! This is awesome!
I really need to buy some academic regalia before the semester starts but it's SO EXPENSIVE. Anyone have any tips for getting a deal? UGH. There was one place that was, like, SO MUCH cheaper than the others I'm a little worried their stuff might be crap.
It costs us about $30 a month to run the AC. It doesn't run much during the day because of all our shade, but it heats up in the late afternoon, and our upstairs, where the bedrooms are, really don't cool down much on their own. We don't run it when we're not home during the week. There are times of the year I'd love to just leave the windows open, if it's below 90, but then all the outside asthma causing stuff gets inside. Allergy shots have made things better, but still not enough to do without completely. ALSO...those of you who live in a river town...ugh. The humidity makes it feel pretty crappy. When I lived in places with lower humidity, when I didn't need gills, I didn't need AC either.
Ugh, I went though this. I had a horrible illness in 1998 when I didn't have health insurance (no one would insure me) and it ruined my credit for years. It took a lot of time to trace the things that had been passed to a collection agency, because there was some double-dipping going on there. So many bills to so many different doctors, pathologists, institutions...it was hard to keep track of and even harder to figure out when someone was going after me for something I had paid or had a deal to pay. It's much easier now to find out what your rights are. It would have helped me at the time if I would have kept track of everything instead of burying my head in the sand. It does get better though.