@sally Reading this, I was like, "$9 for a freaking BEER?!?"
@MuffyStJohn Obviously I don't know the author's taste--maybe she actually LIKES drinking a club soda, which I personally find hard to fathom--but it seems like a fancy cocktail place would possibly have a couple of fun things on the menu for designated drivers/non-drinkers who are there with drinking friends? I mean, the thought of sipping on a club soda with a dash of bitters when those fancy cocktail places often have stuff like yummy artisanal sodas and fresh juices just makes me feel SAD.
@bustedsneakers Ha, yes. I don't have the candy bar, but my flip phone is THICK--an inch thick when closed, which is probably at least twice as thick as other flip phones I've seen. And yeah, I'm not super-jazzed about paying for a data plan either, so it's a flip phone for me until mine stops working.
@navigateher Yeah, don't get me wrong, I feel like it would be nice in some instances to have a smartphone ("wait, WHERE is this place? I wish I could check google maps," etc.) and I would definitely want one if there was no cost difference (I'm poor, and I'm cheap). But otherwise, I'm okay on the bus/waiting in line if I've got my iPod or a book. And I can still use my flip phone to pretend to text so I can look busy to creepers and weirdos (though I look like a bit of a weirdo myself, using a flip phone...).
THIS. I also have a flip phone--not even anything as "fancy" as a Samsung Gusto, just some Nokia piece of trash that was already out of style when I got it in 2006. I am not ideologically opposed to smartphones, but my phone still works so I see no reason to upgrade. And like the writer, I don't think it's a bad thing not to "love" my phone and use/look at/fiddle with it constantly. I feel a little...more free (?) because of this, I think...
"Is that Rashida Jones in a Gap commercial?" My thoughts exactly. I never protested my school's dress code--I went to a west coast public school that pretty firmly did not give a fuck. Plus, it was the '90s and everyone basically dressed like a grungy scarecrow.
Those five quarters can definitely make a really big difference. I actually got a raise of almost exactly that size in my (before the raise) just-about-$1-over-my-state's-minimum-wage job (btw, I think my state has the highest minimum wage in the country, but I was not exactly sittin' pretty, money-wise, at that wage). Suddenly, money was not super-tight and I was able to spend a little more and save a little more and not feel so pinched and stressy and paycheck-to-paycheck-y.
@Megano! YES! I don't know why more people don't treat their credit card as cash. It has worked so well for me, I can't recommend it enough. I guess I'm really old-fashioned in that I balance my checkbook religiously (I feel like I haven't seen anyone talk about a checkbook on this site, but I've had such success using mine!)--every debit transaction, ATM withdrawal, deposit, and now credit card transaction goes into it so I know EXACTLY how much money I have available. I practically never pay interest on my credit card (I once carried a balance for about three months, five or six years ago because something ended up costing me more than I thought, but otherwise that's it!).
@Beans I feel like Mike could definitely use this site to find a potential life partner--ie, I also wanna marry him.
@Marissa "The Fun Fund"! I hope you don't mind that I am now going to copy that.