We had friends visiting so we all spent insane amounts of money treating each other to food, drinks, and other treats. Totally worth it but current plans include spending as little money as possible for the next couple of weeks to compensate. Wish me luck!
When we were young (late 80s/early 90s) my sister and I would get a crisp orange two dollar bill every Sunday (Canada!) and then usually walk to the corner store and spend it on candy. It wasn't linked to chores; it was more of an exercise in money management. We also had bank accounts so I guess we would put part of it in there sometimes? Then when I was 10 my mum died and my dad was like "k here's the plan, you come home alone every day, take the dog for a walk, do the laundry/some other chores and I'll give you x dollars/week" (I can't remember how much it was, maybe $10? But it felt like a lot). My older sister had an everyday gig taking some neighbour kids home so I was alone for several hours until my dad got off work and picked up my little brother from his after school program on his way home. At the time I thought it was sweeet but in retrospect it was maybe a lot of responsibility for a fifth grader? Anyway as I did more and more babysitting and then got a part time job allowance just fizzled out.
@Lily Rowan You raise an excellent point. I guess I assumed he had owned it at one point and it got donated to charity in a move. Seems Mike Dangish.
Everyone seems to be missing the most important part of this post, which is that Mike Dang has impeccable taste in late90s/early 2000s era movies/music. As if there were ever any doubt.
I think this is true on both ends: people are reluctant to identify as rich or working-class, so middle class just feels more comfortable or 'normal.' I feel like most people I know identify as having had a middle-class upbringing, despite wildly different life experiences and definitions of what middle class means.
@gyip You are the Mike Dang of Ontario, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible.
@BillfoldMonkey that is great advice, thank you! Step one will involve getting up the courage to cook for myself again ;)
One downside to brown bagging it: food poisoning! I made a delicious vegan lentil and chickpea slow cooker soup and have been eating it all week. Yesterday afternoon I had a small bowl and I'm just now able to think about it without getting mouth sweats. I've actually never had food poisoning before and MAN. Man.
I never file estimated taxes :( But I crossed a bunch of things off my list today, including booking 3 trips using a new card that requires a high minimum spend in the first few months in order to get lots of airline miles! That's even more than one thing.
Guysss I just booked so much travel today I almost have anxiety. It will mostly be reimbursed and I'm happy to get the credit card points but whew. One of the flights is a Lufthansa Chicago-Marseilles (with a stop in Munich) and I would have had to pay $35 to select seats sooo I didn't. Fingers crossed I'm not in the middle...