@sheistolerable I've been following her story for the past year or two, and from what I gather, it can be very hit or miss at the deli counter. Sometimes one worker will fill a jar whereas another shift would refuse. She seems to really go out of her way, talk to a manager, explain her motives and more often than not she is allowed to do it. I feel like it involves becoming a "regular" at your neighborhood store (independent or chain) and explaining your case several times over each time you meet a new person. It's seems exhausting to me, but I"m also extremely impressed and motivated by her energy!
@eagerber American Beauty! (i think?)
This sounds exactly how I operate. This is also where I give a shout-out to my favorite food-meets-finance site: http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/ Someone may have mentioned it before? but I luuurve it! I have had many versions of the Loaded Sweet Potato before and was excited to see I wasn't the only weirdo eating potatoes and craisins.
@Dancercise There may be freelancer's unions you might qualify for. When I had to buy my own insurance a few years ago I had "Tonik" from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. I think the name of the program has been phased out, but I believe they still offer individual insurance plans. Only in certain states however(I live in CT).
@eagerber @aetataureate Ditto, one thousand times infinity!
Those are excellent small victories!!!!!!
@thatgirl YEP. Been there, done that. For three years I was a "temp" (after 5 years of contracting- I'm sure I have vented about this before). I was finally hired last year and was able to take full advantage of the paid holidays and vacation benefits. (including maxing out my allotted paid bereavement time when my mother passed away.... Take THAT corporate office! :-/) Now they are transitioning my production job to a position where I outsource the work I used to do, to asia. And I will very likely be switched from hourly (yay possibility of overtime!)to salary. Probably a 15% pay cut. Anyhoo- happy thursday everyone!
@stuffisthings thank you for saying this one thousand times more succinctly than I.
@Quinn A@twitter Agreed. Logan may have had this advice before but here's my 2 cents anyways: It seems like you could really benefit from having two separate checking accounts. One for fixed bills that you could have auto payments and a second one for spending money- groceries, booze, etc. I can't remember how you get paid, if you have the option of direct deposit into two different accounts, but the easiest thing would be to directly deposit a little more than the amount you need for fixed expenses for the month into one checking account that gets automatically paid. ***And then lose the ATM card for that account!!*** And only keep a card to access an account where you know it's for things like groceries and fun boozy times. and when its gone, its gone, but you won't have to worry about over-drafting on your bills. It would cause me way too much anxiety to constantly have to do the math on the balance of one slush fund checking account. "when is the next bill due? do i have enough to take cash out for a beer and a movie in the meantime?". It's much better for my sanity to keep separate accounts. Plus, losing the physical debit card is really helpful. An ATM once ate my card when I was trying to grab some quick spending cash. This was an account i normally used to just write physical checks to pay the rent. I was too lazy to get a new card, and magically my rent money was always there when it was time to write the check! Well, this was a novel. My one thing to do this weekend is TAXES!!!! before they run out of refund money!!
@ThatJenn Yes, I live in a 350 sq ft studio and it's just the perfect size for me! (I will also add that I pay $925 for that space and will go cry after looking at the rent in your link.....)