@Punk-assBookJockey Yes, exactly! One thing I like about the Billfold is that it underscores that 1) we all have areas of privilege, and we all have areas where we lack privilege and 2) personal finance/thinking about money is for everyone, not just those who have student loans/want to buy a house/play the stock market/etc. That's not to say that the Billfold is perfect (I'd love to read more from people with blue collar or service sector jobs), but the fact that this author was lucky enough to have financial support from her family doesn't make her experiences less valid or her thoughts less interesting.
Ughhh. The good news is that there are great nonprofits that give grants to help those who can't afford abortions (or related costs, like travel expenses to get to a clinic), and they deserve all our outraged $$$$: http://www.fundabortionnow.org/
@Thursty This x1million.
@TheLifestyleCreep No!! I fought with whether this is worth $750 for a couple (!!) and eventually decided yes, it was. I guess others felt similarly.
I was in a Boston-New York relationship for about a year after college that involved taking the Megabus about twice a month. It really wasn't terrible, and I tended to buy a bunch of tickets as soon as they went on sale, so I got a lot of tickets for $1 or $5. It was definitely worth it at the time, given my itty bitty salary. (But yeah, once that ended, I swore to never take a long-distance bus ever again.)
@Beans I know some of these people/have been this person! In my experience they fall into three categories: 1) people who buy clothes they have no occasion to wear because maybe if they buy a fancy cocktail dress they will magically get invited to fancy cocktail parties 2) people who buy clothes they can't fit into because they are definitely going to lose ten pounds soon and then they will fit and 3) people who receive clothes as gifts and don't want to return them.
I can't imagine that the people who feel the need to order quarters online will also go to laundromats that require quarters instead of refillable cards. This must be a joke, right? (Please tell me this is a joke.)
@wrappedupinbooks This works until you suddenly have service issues in Penn Station and the person who checks your tickets at the top of the escalator absolutely will not let you pass and so you have to go to the kiosk anyway and then you miss your train and have to pay a zillion dollars for the Acela. Never again.
@Jake Reinhardt Madrid has great and relatively inexpensive public transit, though, and lots of the people with vehicles have motorcycles or scooters, not cars. My sense is that it will affect the poor much less than it would in the US.