@Renleigh I just remembered what my cheapest present was so I'm gonna talk about that too. I got a variety of loose leaf tea from the bulk section of the fancy supermarket for some different people and the cheapest individual bag was something like 82 cents.
I'm not going to answer all the questions because I don't know and don't really want to know right now, but I want to brag about my most expensive present. I ordered a bluetooth speaker (recommended by the Wirecutter) for $100 from Amazon and then later that same day I was on the page again (checking to see if I needed a cable to charge it) and I saw it had dropped $30 in the two hours since I bought it. I cancelled the order and reordered it at the cheaper price and I was so proud of myself.
One of my coworkers decided we needed to do an ugly sweater thing at work and even though I'm not into the whole ugly sweater thing, I'm relatively new and want people at work to like me, so I got my mom to bring me one of my dad's sweaters from the 80s and it turned out to be the warmest sweater in the entire world (and I don't find it THAT ugly). I've started wearing it at home completely unironically because it's SO comfortable.
I live in a small cheap city (just outside of the top 100 US cities by population, wikipedia tells me). My favorite "cultural activity" is seeing movies in the theater and I get to do that a ton more than my friends in bigger cities because I have a decent amount of disposable income and a ton of inexpensive theaters nearby (at least three that are regularly less than $5 within 15 minutes of me, and one of them has a cat!). I do get annoyed when something I want to see is only open in NYC and LA, but most stuff does come here eventually. If I move somewhere else this will definitely be something I miss tremendously.
I try to hold off buying myself stuff because if I accidentally let it slip to my parents that I bought myself something after October 1st I never hear the end of it. I don't always succeed, however, because I'm impatient and then sometimes I don't get it for Christmas or New Years (when we see the rest of the family) or my birthday (which is relatively soon after that) so there was no point in waiting.
@alarwyn I cried too! Thank Merlin for good friends.
I want to know how beauty youtubers do money. I watch a silly amount of beauty youtube videos relative to how much makeup I actually wear and it just seems so interesting. How much money are these people making? Some of the people I watch I know have real jobs so for them I just wonder if the revenue covers the extra makeup they buy to review for the channel that they might not normally have purchased. Then you have the full-time youtube people and some of them seem super shady in terms of disclosing if they were paid by a company to make a video.
@garli Yep! I used to work for a male-dominated office in a half-deserted office building. I am convinced I am the only person who ever used the second floor ladies' room. (We were on the first floor and the three other women in the office didn't bother to go upstairs that I ever saw.)
I'm in a similar-ish situation to you (25, unmarried, interested in buying my first home in a pretty affordable town) but literally everyone I've talked to about buying a home (family members, various friends) has been surprisingly supportive. I keep thinking one of them will be like "get off the crazy train, kiddo, buying a house is absurd" but then they look at one of the cute, relatively cheap houses I've found on Zillow and they hop right on that crazy train with me.
These are all so great. I am now definitely a Pansy fan. LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO ME, NICOLE.