@ask poly When I was married (and poly) we each had an "allowance" we could spend on whatever we wanted, be it clothes, lunches out, dates, etc. Dating has never been expensive for me because I tend to go for similarly broke people. First date at an Indian lunch buffet, second at a local park for a hike, thereafter at someone's apartment.
I try to treat employees well, but this is very much something to chalk up to "not your problem." It's a bummer that her employer is screwing her over but you shouldn't have to inconvenience yourself because of it.
Tap water is generally less than a penny per gallon. So no, technically not free, but making out like calling it "free" is absurdly out of touch is a bit silly.
I temped during summers home from college in the 90s. Short-term jobs included working night shift at a bottling factory with a bunch of Vietnam vets, folding t-shirts for a Disney store just opening in the mall, and cleaning newly constructed apartments. Pay was terrible and we weren't treated well, but it was nice to have the ability to sign up and be handed jobs; that's not really the case now.
@This is my new user name All sorts of things, but the most frequent variation is “dump some legumes, whole grains, spices, and tough vegetables like carrots in a pressure cooker and cook for 15 minutes.” Or a stir fry with tofu and frozen vegetables (just as healthy and no chopping) or sweet potatoes fried with cumin and black beans. Doubling up on cooking meal components, like brown rice or dried beans, makes other nights even faster by making it quick to recombine them into something different.
“45 minutes or less”? I hope it’s usually less! I cook from scratch and rarely spend more than 30 minutes (with maybe 10 minutes hands-on) on a meal. (This means that what I eat is tasty and healthy but rarely pretty.)
@eatmoredumplings I get funny looks sometimes, but yeah, it's my food that I bought and paid for.
As an environmental freak, I break the social rules even further and bring containers from home to pack my leftovers in, so I don't have to deal with styrofoam. It has never crossed my mind to take OTHER people's leftovers though.
The reason I haven't implemented the "give kids complete control over their budget" thing is because I value certain things more than they do and want to subsidize those things. (I would prefer my daughter play violin than spend that money on video games, for example.) Since my oldest has Aspergers I have even less faith that he will spend his money on appropriate clothing, tickets to the school dance, etc. when he has the option to dump it all into computer components. In his particular case, letting him fail in those areas would be neglectful. I DO, however, give them enough so they always have pocket money, so I never have to deal with the whining about wanting me to buy them stuff when we're out. "If you want that stuffed owl/ french fries/ gummy candy, go for it, but you're spending your own money."
The "profit" question is a little sidestepped. I'd be curious to know if rental income is significantly more than mortgage, taxes, insurance, broker and maintenance fees, etc.