@Spinach Party Hudson River coastline and bunches of mountains!
If you want to stay local-ish- maybe New Paltz? http://www.trulia.com/property/3168487841-4-Van-Kleeck-Ave-New-Paltz-NY-12561 or Beacon: http://www.trulia.com/property/1052554965-783-Wolcott-Ave-Beacon-NY-12508#photo-1
@Tripleoxer I got sucked into this a while ago, and became weirdly resentful. It was only 2-5 bucks a week... but also 2-5 bucks a week and I NEVER have cash on me. I'd end up owing coworkers who would cover me as a favor... ugh. I used to drive by a billboard with the current jackpot amount on it and would just daydream about quitting my job once we all won. Spoiler alert: WE NEVER WON. Which made me extra resentful of my job. No good all around. Eventually, I just started saying no thanks, very politely. "I make my own luck!". My current luck-making is hoarding cash and updating my resume. fingers crossed....
@HelloTheFuture @Christy Thank you both for trying not to spoil! A friend JUST told me about these books a few days ago and this is a perfect reminder to add them to my library request list. I am already geeking out over them without knowing anything. eeeeeee
@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!!!!!!