I feel like this is somehow linked to engagement rings: A super expensive, personal gift that you are just supposed to be extremely grateful for, but I would be PISSED if gifted something that extravagant with major future emotional/financial repercussions (house/car/ring or otherwise), without it being a JOINT decision. But also, I should read the whole thing for context before getting all up in arms?.... i guess?
Hmm, let's see. My boyfriend is out of town this weekend, so I took the opportunity to AirBnB our place out *we own it, don't rent it* and I'll be getting some quality girl time in with a friend over the weekend. Gas to get home from work: $35 Bottle of wine as a thank you to friend: $15 (I'll also be bringing a homemade fruit salad to empty out my fridge) I'll be either be curled up with a sore throat and netflix all weekend: $0 Or rally and go out with some friends and hit up a yoga class: $30 for food and alcohol. $15 for yoga. Sunday I plan to clean out the fridge and pantry and make some bulk meals and deal with groceries during the week. Total: $50 - $95
Mike Dang!If that photo is from where you spent the weekend, then you were literally steps from my house!But you would have been weirded out if a stranger recognized you on the street, right? Even if I said "thanks for editing my most favorite site on the internet!!"? It would have been like a few weeks ago when I spotted Grace Bonney of Design Sponge at a diner upstate and then again at a flea market and I just stared and stared, debating whether or not to say hi, like a weird creepy weirdo. Anyhoo- hope you had a wonderful time in our town, and I apologize that the best restaurant in town was temporarily closed down for a relocation. You should come visit again when they open back up! aaaaand, if you happened to visit the restaurant with the view of that waterfall, I'm very curious about your experience there. Super informal market-research, if you are willing to share! As for my weekend estimate, I was a huge bum this weekend and spent all of Friday-Saturday inside. Made grilled cheese and served leftover lentil stew to friends and helped them get ready for a Halloween party, all with stuff I had on hand- $0 Made slow-cooker chicken noodle soup, a huge batch of chili, and thumbprint "breakfast cookies" with stuff that was about to go bad in my fridge, $0 Had a Friday Night Lights marathon on Netflix, watched my boyfriend tear up at every episode. $0 Dropped off jackets for a coat drive hosted by our local pantry/cheese shop, but bought a delicious cheese sandwich for $6 Took a hike near the Croton Dam (BEAUTIFUL dam!) $0 (gas paid by boyfriend) Invited my brother and sister-in-law over for pizza ($20) to break up their cabin fever while they were sitting around waiting for my SIL to go into labor- I may be an aunt today! Total $26 of $40 weekend estimate ooh! also finished knitting teeny-tiny baby mittens and a hat, with gifted yarn, but I see adding a "yarn" account to my regular budget in the future, at least for the holiday season...
@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.