Nooo this can't be over! I love it too much for it to end. (I'm going to hold out hope that this series will be back once the Fantastic Beasts movies come out.)
Nicooooole stop making me sad. (But also happy.) (Also never stop.)
I'm on my parents' plan now and I theoretically pay for my portion (but don't do it as regularly as I should because we never established a schedule). My sister dropped her phone in the pool over the summer (weeks after getting it) and they took my upgrade to get her a new one, so now my dad's scheme is that I should just get my own plan when I want a new phone. In theory I am fine with this, but in practice the phone issue is one that riles me up because phones are an area where my siblings always get it better than I did/do, and because as a very single person, I don't have a family of my own to get a plan with.
Kindergarten through 12th grade I ate small variations on the same thing pretty much every day for lunch, since I was a kid who was afraid of getting something gross at the cafeteria. I have eaten thousands of turkey sandwiches in my life, so I'm okay with my lunches all being variations on a sandwich/chips/fruit theme. The key is mixing it up by getting different types of bread/sandwich fillings/condiments/snacks/fruits/whatever. Also, my other tip is to have your first job that pays enough that you could comfortably afford to buy yourself lunch daily be located in an area that used to be home to a giant company but is now home mostly to its decaying corpse, so that every place that would've served lunch is now out of business.
@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.