I tried on a bajillion dresses. I had no idea what I wanted, and I felt a lot of unspoken (probably imagined) pressure from my mother (who was paying for it) to get a cheap one. I ended up with one that was about $500 before taxes, etc. My husband's grandma did alterations for free. I tried on a $99 clearance dress in one of my first trips and liked it but thought my husband wouldn't like the color (not white) and didn't get it and regretted it for every trying-on session after. The dress I ended up with was as similar as I could find.
@BornSecular Also I am a midwesterner, so this may not apply everywhere!
I like Aldi! Like other users, I was suspicious & thought it had a stigma when I was younger, but I also wouldn't shop at thrift stores then either. Now, as an adult with bills, buying my own groceries, I love it. The prices are generally reasonable as well as the quality. I'm still a little leery of some of the meat & extremely processed foods, but most of it's good. I even really like the produce. It tends to actually be ripe, unlike standard grocery store fare. But then it also goes bad faster, so buyer beware I guess. One caveat about Aldi: I find prices advertised in local grocery circulars can be cheaper. Aldi being cheaper depends on if what you need is on sale somewhere else, in my experience.
I want a standing desk so badly. I really want one of the convertible ones so I could do both as desired. I used an exercise ball at a previous job and it helped some, since it strengthened my core, but I eventually figured out how to slouch on it too. I asked my new office if I could bring it in, but HR said no. They were worried it would encourage everyone to ask for special accommodations. Boo. :(
My former employer did this! They hired a consultant, paid him to fly in once or twice a month and tell them solutions to problems they then never implemented (solutions that the employees had been offering for years). They just wanted to be able to pat themselves on the back.
I can't justify doubling my commute time by taking the bus here in KC. I also can't read in the car or I get sick, so I wouldn't really be able to multitask, and I'd have to get up so much earlier, I just can't see any benefit for me.
On Cleaning Day
@sherlock Re #2: I also told myself this. I bought a Living Social deal and had my house cleaned once, for cheap. It was amazing, but then they told us how much it would be. $100/visit minimum & they recommend having them in at least every 2 weeks. I do not feel like dropping that kind of cash yet. Will I ever? I don't know. I really want to, but then I think, "How dumb to spend that much money when you can do it for free!" But then the cleaning never gets done quite right, and it's a hassle, and I continue to dream about feeling comfortable paying for the service.
I honestly did not know wedding gift giving was this fraught with tension until today. I've never really thought that much about it. I am cheap, everyone knows I'm cheap. I generally always buy off the registry (for baby showers too), but I stay in the $20-$30 range. I have never felt guilt about this either. But I also wouldn't care if someone didn't bring a nice gift, or any gift at all to my wedding, so I probably just assume everyone feels the same way. It's hard to get out of your own head. My husband and I had a registry but we had never lived together or outside of our parents houses/college, so we legitimately needed the stuff!
Score's a nationwide program I believe. I went to some classes in KC through them when I was considering starting a business. They can be very helpful and I also recommend them!
Ugh tipping is confusing and fraught with tension, meaning, and judgement. (Saying this as a person who's been only on the giving side of tipping. Please don't kill me or send me flaming rants.)