Holy moly. ... ... That is all.
@The Mole As noted above, I too liked this post. I guess the problem is that people like this must be the exception, not the norm, or these companies wouldn't have these programs. They are in business to make money somewhere I suppose.
@stuffisthings I keep trying to leave Facebook Archipelago, but the other inhabitants keep pulling me back. Perhaps it is located near Bermuda.
Are you me? Seriously. I am unusual in how I feel about cash as well: for me, it doesn't seem real to spend it. I see it as already having left my (real) checking account, so it doesn't impact it more by spending it. This actually makes me feel like I should be putting more on my credit card to maximize my rewards. I am afraid of debt so I don't currently do it. Also my husband is the exact opposite and cannot control his spending if he has access to credit cards and we were burnt last year by that. Now I am the only one with a card and I handle all the bills, so I could probably do this responsibly.
@peanutbutterpie My experience has been the exact opposite. EVERY job I've ever had, from my current full time one to a brief stint doing retail in college came from being recommended by another employee. I have never gotten a job on my own merits alone. There are so many applicants out there for every job, it's practically impossible to get noticed otherwise, IMO.
My husband likes to play this game. "What would you do with the money if you won the Powerball?" My most recent answer was a pretty good one: I'd take the Grand Tour of Europe, like rich people used to do in the 1800s. (After I paid off all my family's debts of course.)
Wow that seems like a lot of debt to me. My mortgage is half of that. But, I picked my school based on how much in scholarships I was offered. I had no other criteria. Thus, I graduated after 5 years with $0 of debt. I know I am not the norm.
I feel pretty ok with how I tip at restaurants, but the other stuff?! It makes me have a mini-panic attack! Like, I would rather haul my own bags than have to tip. I also did not know it was a Thing we are Supposed to Do, the tipping hotel cleaning staff. How did I get to be this age without knowing this? I don't think my parents did it when I was a kid, or I just didn't notice? How does one even handle that?
@ThatJenn/DON Yeah, I experienced some of this with my divorced parents as well. However, not with anyone else. The author mentions being acutely aware of any debt they have to anyone. I guess I'm a money grubber, because if people offer me a gift or money I take it. I won't ask (that's where my pride gets me) but if something is offered, I will accept it and say thanks.
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@Stina Cherries are so yummy I don't want them to go anywhere! I don't think we can grow them in Missouri? One time I lived with a host family in France and they had a cherry tree in the front yard, and I was sad the semester ended before I could eat them.