On Screwing Myself With The Credit Card I Swore I'd Pay Off Every Month

@readyornot You're SEETHING at a company expecting their customers to pay them on the agreed schedule? I mean, I am sympathetic to Meaghan, God knows my payment due date has slipped my mind a few times and I'm not even that busy, but it's not like the credit card company agreed to just supply indefinite free money to me -- either I pay them on time or I pay the interest.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm 7

On On Engagement Ultimatums

@Thingamabob Well, it doesn't necessarily come with a "... or we're breaking up now" stipulation. (I mean, odds are that will be the result of a no answer. But it generally isn't explicit, and I can at least imagine a situation where a no answer to a proposal doesn't end the relationship.)

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm 0

On The Cost of Making My Own Sub Sandwich

@moreadventurous Yeah, Jimmy John's scoops out the top half of the bread. That's where the lettuce goes.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm 0

On "Shortsighted, Cheap, and Unethical: Cash Only."

@madrassoup Well, they have gotten out of "that particular game" -- that game being accepting credit cards. If they can take only cash and still have enough customers to turn a profit, then, yes, they can afford to be in business in spite of not being able to afford the costs of accepting cards. I think the closer comparison to the "If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to eat out" attitude would be business that charge customers a fee for using their cards -- if you can't afford to pay the processor charges, then you can't afford to accept credit cards, and you might be better off just going cash-only.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 10:59 am 0

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $539,000

@Ester Bloom The difference is whether the louvres themselves (the horizontal slats) can be opened and closed. Plantation shutters have a vertical rod up the center of the slats, and you can pull it up and down to adjust the angle of the slats, like with miniblinds -- so the shutters can be closed (over the windows), but "open" to let light in between the slats.

Posted on October 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm 1

On The Real Cost of Prescription Drugs

@readyornot Yeah, I had a pharmacy visit recently where my prescriptions didn't get run through my insurance and I didn't catch it -- the total was higher than I expected, but not ludicrously high enough that I didn't just chalk it up to "ugh why is this shit always so expensive," and I didn't realize until the next time I went to the pharmacy that they didn't have my insurance information. It would have been great if that first pharmacist had said "And do you have an insurance plan we can run this through today?" or something.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm 0

On How a 'Sugar Baby' Does Money

So how do you approach the money arrangement? How explicit or up-front is that negotiation? I guess I'm wondering about the space in between "guys don't want to think of it as a transaction" and "I have a date rate" -- how do you broach the subject of what your 'date rate' is, or how large of a monthly 'allowance' you expect, without setting off that transactional feeling?

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm 2

On Money Talks: An Advice Column for Women in the Workplace

@sariberry And even if she doesn't post your question, she pretty much always replies with a sentence or two of advice or links to previous posts on the same subject.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm 0

On The Story Behind Costco's Free Samples

@aetataureate That makes sense. I've never done sampling, but when I worked at a craft store, I did get pulled in to do craft demos/giveaways a couple of times, and it mostly sucked -- it wasn't something I was trained on or part of my normal work duties, and I usually only got the instructions about ten seconds before the demo started. I imagine being pulled in from cashiering or stocking to do samples is similar.

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 10:17 am 0

On My Summer As a Housekeeper

@mangosara I actually had a former friend's parent do this to me, when I was working my first retail job in college. She recognized me, introduced herself as so-and-so's mom, briefly updated me on what her daughter was up to (getting ready for college - she was a year younger than me). Then she looked at me a bit sadly and said, "You know, I really assumed you'd go to college, too."

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm 0