On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $525,000

Greenville's nice! My mom lives about 45 minutes from there in NC. I don't know what about Fridays always makes me want to look at real estate, but I always find myself looking at realty websites when I change tabs and this pops up on the billfold! Today it was Alaska...

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm 0

On Kids Trick-or-Treating Across Class Lines Makes 1%er Feel Faint

@Erica Yeah same here. The thinly veiled racial element also makes me sick, ie. "Clearly not from our neighborhood." So gross. But it doesn't surprise me, unfortunately. I live in a pretty nice neighborhood in a town with not many nice neighborhoods and we have a 'community leader' who sends out emails along this kind of thinking all the time. It's infuriating.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm 0

On Kids Trick-or-Treating Across Class Lines Makes 1%er Feel Faint

@EM I saw packs of full bars at Target this year. I briefly considered it, but I remember trick-or-treating in a very small town growing up and having more fun size candy than anyone needed to eat in a few months time, so I decided against it. I feel like so much of it will go to waste as it is!

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm 0

On Kids Trick-or-Treating Across Class Lines Makes 1%er Feel Faint

@Erica To your last point about doctors and lawyers: absolutely. My spouse is a military doctor (so makes less than a civilian doc) and even without my additional income we make enough to buy plenty of candy for Halloween, for 'outsiders' or otherwise. If Halloween is not what you want to spend your money on, fine, turn off the lights and don't hand out candy to anyone, but it's silly to act like a few more kids is putting some unfair burden on you.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm 0

On Everything You Need to Know About Diapers, Part 1

I know A LOT of people who have done cloth diapers. Like every one I know my age who has kids has at least tried and while some of them are really judge-y about it, others are normal and just use a mix depending on how they're feeling/doing that day. My mom thinks they are all crazy though and gets really smug when she visits one of them and sees that they are not using cloth diapers that day, which is just as annoying to me. I go back and forth between thinking "I could make it work" and "why bother?". The childcare part would absolutely be crucial for me because I am not quitting my job to wash diapers. A lot of the people i know who've stuck with it stay at home with their kids.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 11:57 am 0

On Paying by Phone

I don’t see the appeal of paying with my iPhone yet. It’s not convenient enough. I don’t think its any faster than swiping a card. In fact, it seems like about 25% of the time I’m in line at starbucks its taking someone extra time to get their phone to scan. I have the rewards app but I just registered an actual starbucks gift card to it and get the same rewards. On top of all that, I don’t like handing my phone over. It’s not always necessary but sometimes it has to be done if the scanner is finicky or whatever. Not only does it not save me time or money, there is a risk of my phone getting dropped or broken in the process. And security is an issue too - I'd much rather have to replace a compromised piece of plastic that a $500 phone. I’m sure it will improve but until it does, I just don’t have an interest.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:18 am 0

On How Much Can Dog Walkers Make? How About $120,000/Year

I would be betting that the dog walker thing is for someone self-employed who has built their own dog walking business? My dog walker in Chicago was this way. I know that what I liked about doing business with her was that it was the same walker every time who was getting the entire fee, she had great references, and was in my neighborhood. She also did in-home dog sitting for her walking clients (so it was only dogs she knew, which was really nice) which probably made her a lot of additional money. I would guess she is doing pretty well because she was able to be choosy about taking on new clients. In fact, when I referred a friend of mine to her after I moved away she had grown so much she wasn't taking on any new clients. But that's just one story, which I doubt is typical of dog walkers in general.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:35 am 0

On Screwing Myself With The Credit Card I Swore I'd Pay Off Every Month

This is exactly why I got a credit card from our bank (which has better rewards anyway) and cut up the one we used to have. It is so nice to be able to see my credit card balances in the same place as my bank accounts and I can set up transfers really easily. I highly recommend it. It makes the situation of leaving your debit card in your coat or whatever no big deal at all.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 4:22 pm 0

On Job Of The Day: Holiday Dog Sitter

I hadn't heard of dog vacay but I almost used a similar site, Rover, to find dog sitting for my dog one time last year. It ended up that there were no sitters on Rover with availability for the time I needed so I had to take him to a boarder, but I may use it in the future. I'd love to know if anyone has good or bad experiences with it!

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:43 am 0

On A Drunk Stole My Kale. You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

@megra That's terrible! Yeah most bike thieves in Chicago know what they're doing. My friend had her wheels stolen in like 3 minutes which required a specific and unusual size hex wrench. The thief of my bike was just some idiot opportunist I think, but it's still upsetting.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:42 am 0