The Wirecutter has (in-depth and extremely well-researched) thoughts on this: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wireless-carrier/
@Punk-assBookJockey Oh I just remembered a thing I did recently too - my cousin who is my age and her daughter were in town and it was free admission for locals week at Colonial Williamsburg, so I used my address to get two adults and a kids pass for free. This one is a little shakier, but two of us were locals and if we had kids the passes would have been free for them too, we just happen to not have kids.
We were always more a "spirit of the rule" type of family. Meaning that if the price of a buffet is cheaper for children under 10, I wasn't going to magically start eating more on my 10th birthday, so we could fudge it a little. It wasn't hurting anyone because the reason for the discount was basically upheld. I think this held true for theme parks and the like as well, especially since I didn't ride any rides because I was (and still am) a chicken.
@Tripleoxer Oh, yeah that definitely makes it a harder decision! But it is nice to have options, and it sounds like they both have definite positives. Good luck!
@Tripleoxer Yeah, I'm in the same situation hours/commute-wise, only minus my dog: 8-5 M-F with a 45 minute commute. I think a ten minute commute and good hours would be worth missing my dog (you could maybe still go home for lunch sometimes? plus get home earlier), but I am alone in my dogless office right now, so it's hard for me to imagine what you'd be giving up!
@francesfrances Oh! I wish I could bring my dog to work! That would be so great.
@rhinoceranita I know on other occasions when this or a similar question has been posed, Billfold editors have essentially said "We'd love to hear/post those stories, but no one's submitting them." Which makes total sense in that the people who are writing these stories are writers, and so often have a similar kind of financial experience to other writers, and not people in other professions as much. I do recall reading interviews that writers have done with people in other professions and financial situations, but people who are busy making money other ways may not be able to make time to write for the Billfold.
I'm confused about the negativity on this story. It's not a how-to, it's a personal experience, which is what draws me to the billfold over other personal finance sites. I don't think the author was whining, or sounding entitled, I think she was presenting the real challenges of buying a place in that market. I thought it was an interesting read, even though it's far different from what I'm likely to experience.
@EM Hahaha. Yes. The cancelled plans fantasy is my fantasy like, every time I make plans.
Mine is to have 8 weeks of paid vacation a year, 2 of which I use as normal vacation like when I want to take a trip or whatever and the other 6 I use to take every other Friday off for the entire year. Or, even better: everyone works 9 hour days and then gets every other Friday off like they do at my brother-in-law's company (WHY IS THIS NOT THE STANDARD WORKWEEK?).