On My Last Hundred Bucks: Essential Supplies and Provisions

At least you went to a proper liquor store! Last time I was in SL, UT I had a bad day and wanted to drown my sorrows in sweet sweet Tecate. Bought a case at Target, downed four of them. Just felt bloated, but none of the pleasing effects one associates with booze. Looked closer at an empty can and it was 3.2% alcohol, not the usual 4.5%. Apparently non-state liquor stores can't sell anything stronger than 3.2%?! Go to hell Salt Lake, go to hell.

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm 1

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@OllyOlly @Laurabean Thanks for the advice, I meant that as a poke at the Kia ad posted below this on the main page (http://www.theawl.com/2013/09/5-signs-its-time-for-a-new-car). Couldn't comment on that, but I enjoyed reading how I should buy a new Optima if my current car has more than 100k miles or has squeaky "breaks"

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

There was an entertaining "Undercover Boss" about Cinnabon. Also, does anyone else really want to go out and buy a Kia? My current car has 100,001 miles and "breaks" loudly!

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm 0

On Here is Your Open Thread

@sherlock If you're planning on using the money within a few years I would second (third? Fourth?) the CD ladder suggestion. Bond values are likely going to keep going down if interest rates rise. It's a crappy time to have short to medium term money to invest :(

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm 0

On Here is Your Open Thread

@Derbel McDillet I work for a US company, but in Canada, and I get 10 vacation days per year (the legal minimum), and something like 6 sick days per year (I rarely use them so my bank is at an absurdly high number of hours). This is a sore point for me, my colleagues in the US get 15 vacation days. I also have to work any Canadian-only stat holidays, but I do get a day off in lieu for those, plus once in a blue moon my boss tells me to take a day off for working on the weekend.

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm 0

On Let's Throw Some Money at Our Problems: August 2013 Check-In

Last month: total liquid net worth: $86351.57 CDN. This month: $89649.04. Still aiming for 6 figures by the end of the year.

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Very little I hope. Some groceries for the coming week at some point (maybe $25?), but I think my big spend will come next week when coming home from a job interview will bring me within 5 miles of the US border. I won't be able to resist Trader Joe's siren song and will buy alllll of the cheap (compared to Canada) groceries and gas then. Oh, I need to buy my brother a birthday present. So like $60 for that? Call it an even $100 for the weekend, though a good chunk of it will be spent preparing for above-mentioned interview.

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm 0

On Office Perks Not Used

@antheridia My workplace used to offer free chips. Now they're on a health kick and providing fresh fruits and veggies. But they're still purchasing in bulk at Costco once a month, so now instead of an endless supply of Doritos I have access to an endless supply of mould.

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm 0

On Pirate Joe's: Canada's Bootleg Trader Joe's Store

Weird situation all around. Props to the guy for doing this, as a former Vancouverite who shopped at the real Trader Joe's 1-2 times a month I wouldn't have thought anyone could make a go reselling TJ's stock at inflated prices just 50 miles north of the nearest store. I'd love to be a fly on the wall for his discussions with CBSA agents as he returns to Canada from one of his shopping trips.

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm 0

On Will Work for Food

In a previous job I worked late for free food and I sometimes miss it. Current job only offers free food when I'm travelling, but it doesn't have the same appeal (after that first delicious pizza the first night away from home).

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm 0