On On Saving Money with Solar Panels, Renewable Energy, and Such Like

A lot of jurisdictions will also give tax credits or other assistance if you're buying solar panels for your home. And there are organizations that help facilitate bulk community solar purchases so that a group of people from a neighborhood or school or whatever can get a better price. Something to look into in your state/county/territory/etc!

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm 0

On The Gift Card Is The Hardest Part

@lisaf The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls scarred me. It started out with so much potential! And then... guhh. The family storyline didn't even bother me, it was the school ~thing~ that made me totally grossed out with the book.

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm 0

On Agonizing About Vacation Expenditures

@Allison @Allison I studied abroad in Florence and it is the best most amazing place. About museums, there are approximately 8 billion in that city, so it would be impossible to do them all. If you are into art and museums at all, I would say the Uffizi is worth it for sure - you can spend an entire day there or breeze through in a couple hours and catch the big works of art. The museum I 100% do recommend, even if you don't love arty stuff, is the Accademia, which is where the David is. I went 3-4 times in one semester and every time, I was absolutely amazed by that statue. (There are also niche museums if you have one really specific interest, like a fashion museum and a Da Vinci science museum). As part of my semester I did a course on Pompeii and the class culminated in a 2 day trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum. IT WAS AWESOME. My professor was essentially "the guide" on our trip, but that's definitely one of those things I would say it's worth it to pay for a pro to talk you through all the stuff you can see. I also went on a winery tour in Siena, which is very close to Florence, and it was a blast. Basically no matter what you do in Italy, you will have an amazing time. (Also no matter what else happens, please visit Gelateria dei Neri in Florence. Your stomach will thank you.)

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm 0

On The Cost Of Things: Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed at 30

@ChristinaMichelle Can you check with another dentist? I'm in my 20s, still have my wisdom teeth in. Two haven't actually grown in it? They're there, just lurking under the gums, hopefully chilling out forever and not planning to erupt in the future. My dentist said as long as they continue not to cause pain, or come in straight when they do come in, it's fine. (The two that did come in got his approval as being a-ok and not needing removal!)

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm 0

On A Human and Her Glass of Whisky Attempt to Buy Multi-city Plane Tickets

@HelloTheFuture I think a bus goes to BWI from the Greenbelt metro station. But I don't know what the timing is, I've never taken it.

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm 0

On Happy New Year! Here Are Some Pointless Or Obvious Savings Tips!

@Erica I set a filter in my Gmail inbox so those emails are automatically skip my inbox and are redirected into a shopping coupons/sales folder. Then when I decide I want/need to buy something specific, I go into the folder and see who's having a sale. It actually works really well for me!

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm 0

On Happy New Year! Here Are Some Pointless Or Obvious Savings Tips!

@Erica I set a filter in my Gmail inbox so those emails are automatically skip my inbox and are redirected into a shopping coupons/sales folder. Then when I decide I want/need to buy something specific, I go into the folder and see who's having a sale. It actually works really well for me!

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm 0

On Alumni Giving Season

@Elyse I got a call this week asking for $250! I graduated a year and a half ago. Definitely not a good strategy.

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 11:55 am 0

On Alumni Giving Season

@szajic Well, I went to a large public university that keeps getting its budget slashed by the state. It has a tiny endowment. They do need donations, and since they have actually kept instate tuition from spiking, I am happy enough to support them. (It doesn't preclude me from donating to other organizations, btw..)

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 11:53 am 0

On Monday Check-in

This isn't a check in, but is Mint being funky for anyone else? For October and November, it incorrectly added up my spent money vs income (spent totals are less than they should be). And the bar charts showing spent/income having everything all on the income side. :(

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 10:07 am 0