I am also from the Midwest, and growing up, Aldi had MAJOR stigma. It was the place where "poor" people shopped, and being poor, my mom and I went there semi-often. I always remember it being really dingy with bad lighting, but that may have just been the way the 1980s looked. However, if there were any in the NYC metropolitan area, I'd check it out again.
@Blondsak I pretty much do this exact same thing, except I make the sandwich every day and bring it to work with carrots and some chips or wheat thins, and cookies or a granola bar. On really exciting days, I bring leftover pasta or chicken and quinoa or whatever was for dinner last night.
I have also never had my bike stolen (knock on wood), but then again, I also never ride it and keep it in my apartment. Who wants to buy my bike?
@Lee This is really interesting. I have a job that isn't fulfilling in any way, but pays the bills and is pretty flexible. I feel all this peer pressure to search out something more "important" or "ambitious" because so many of my peers are "ahead" of me, career-wise, and typing emails for the rest of my life would be a waste. At this point, I think I would prefer to know what I want to do but be afraid to pursue it rather than have zero clue about where I want to be professionally.
I love these; this one's great, in particular. Of course, though, my curiosity isn't about the houses, but how you knew it wouldn't be a huge mistake to move cross-country for a relationship.
@mintyesq Despite leaving St. Louis eight years ago, I still champion its incredibly cheap housing market and emergence of relatively "cool" neighborhoods. Public transportation leaves a lot to be desired, though, which is bonkers considering how cheap it is to drink there.
@EvanDeSimone Ssshhhhhh. If they think we're cheap and midsized now, I'm really going to be priced out when everybody finds out how great it is here. That said, the article did seem to focus more on the Heights, where I'm sure it's still a lot cheaper to live than downtown.
That spreadsheet is incredibly helpful. I am nowhere near getting married, but am terrified of things like this, so every experience story helps.
@jfruh The only reason I can think of is that it means you wouldn't be eligible to vote in Oregon anymore. When my MO license expired, I just went in and got an NJ one. Easy.
@EDaily My guy and I talk about money generally - I know he makes wayyy more money than I do, and he knows I make assistant money, but at four months in, we're not talking about the specifics of our 401(k)s or anything. Neither of us have student loan debt; I am good with the money I do have (saver by nature), and he doesn't live like he's rich, so it's a pretty good match.