Bam! MO is right in the middle. That's about how I feel about my home state too.
@ThatsMyOtter Obviously, that's why all those lazy, slutty, unwed mothers are on welfare. /sarcasm
So it took me half the article to even figure out what the hell "Tinder" was...I am an old. (And I'm married!) I don't understand why they are age banding the prices. I didn't bother to read the linked article though, so maybe it's explained there? I guess they think they'll get more older, paid users and make more money that way? Or are they trying to encourage young people to use it because it's cheaper for them?
@Lily OK this I love. I've thought about this off and on, and now that I work from home I could actually see myself doing this. I am keeping my eyes on the ads for the next time whole chickens go on sale to try spatchcocking, and I will use the carcass/left overs for this.
@Snarke I have heard they will do this for any type of meat, even the ones that are on sale in super-duper bulk sizes. However, I am too chicken (haha) to ever ask!
@samburger I too love Aldi. I go there for staples and produce when they aren't on sale at the grocery store. However, I have found their everyday prices to be higher than my regular grocery stores' sale prices. But I am a die-hard circular comparer. I realize not everyone has the time or inclination to do tons of research every week before they go get some dang groceries.
My advice, for what it's worth, for first time buyers is don't rush it. If you aren't trying to sell a home and buy at the same time, you probably have a lot more leverage and time than you realize. My husband and I were renting month-to-month when we bought our home, and we were so eager to get into it that we settled for some things we really shouldn't have. On our final walk through there were still things wrong that were supposed to have been fixed according to our agreements, and there had been a leak from the kitchen through to the finished basement. They were patching it up, but even when we closed it wasn't done. There was a lot of pressure from the bank and realtors to close on time, but holding out would have been our only leverage. Luckily we haven't had any problems with the leak repairs in the 4 years we've been here, but it took us over a year to fix some of the other stuff, and in the end we had to spend the time and money to do it. The sellers and their realtor no longer had any reason to do it once they had the money. Now I really wish I had been brave enough to make waves and put my foot down to insist these things were fixed before we closed.
I just have to come down here and say, "YESSSSSS Fushigi Yuugi!!" Oh how I loved thee. I didn't watch the anime (can't stand dubbing) but I think I might actually still have all of my manga around here somewhere....
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Ok, all you "experiences versus things" haters, like everything it's a personal opinion and doesn't work for everyone. It works for me, but the dichotomy is alive and well in my relationship. My husband is a thing person. He wants to be able to buy all the comic books/games/movies/books and put them on shelves and look and them. I do not understand this at all. For me, that is clutter and junk that is taking up space. I want to spend that money on going to nice restaurants and having drinks or trips. Both require a lot of money! Both make people feel good. Both are displays of wealth. Both things may last equally as long. Maybe the intention most of the time behind that message is "stop rabid, mindless consumption."
That's a lot of vet visits. This being a site about money and all, I think next we need an article about the costs associated with poor Mr. B's summer. And of course, at the end, "priceless." Glad it worked out.