On Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

@Josh Michtom@facebook Yeah, I (a lady) bristle at strangers calling me honey or sweetheart or whatever, but to perfectly honest, the fact that the grocery store employee was ALSO a lady would 100% neutralize my annoyance. I doubt I would even have registered it. Misandry, context, or different strokes - take your pick!

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:01 am 0

On Are You What You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

@HelloTheFuture I grew up in a suburb of a large city, and I didn't even know what a "project manager" did until a few years ago. (I am 27, and my current duties include some project management.)

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

Friday: Stayed in because an ill-timed nap meant that I woke up at midnight. $0 Saturday: $8.78 for a sandwich and muffin, $62.16 for a ton of groceries. Here's hoping I won't need to buy much more until Thanksgiving. Spent the evening baking cupcakes and watching a movie with my roommates. Sunday: $11 for a sandwich and a latte, $7.20 for an Uber to a bar where a friend's friend was performing, $18 for beers at said bar. My estimation was great - I predicted $108 and spent $107.14! Decided to save my $155 Aritzia cart til Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 11:09 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I ordered $180 worth of clothes from Asos yesterday (downside of budgeting: when I binge I binge HARD) so hopefully it'll be a sorta cheap weekend. I don't have anything planned yet though, so it's hard to say. Groceries: $40 I'm out of my multivitamin and also need some D supplements because winter: $20 Catching up on magazines at the coffee shop: $12 One night of going out: $25 Clothes: Hopefully not the $155 worth of stuff I have sitting in my Aritzia cart Weekly takeout allotment: $11 Total: $108

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 11:18 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Tonight: Need to pick up white eyeliner for my costume, then I have two parties I'm hopping between. I presciently drunk-bought two bottles of wine last night, so I only need to allot $10 for taxis between the two. And $10 for the eyeliner, $10 for dinner beforehand because a late-onset hangover is making me feel way too lazy to cook, and $10 for a friend's belated birthday present. Saturday: I'm going out of town on Wednesday so I don't need many groceries; will spend maybe $10 at the farmer's market. Yoga class in the afternoon and then heading to a bar to hang out with some out-of-town friends. $25 because I will probably drink a lot of beer. Sunday: $11.70 for my weekly latte + breakfast sandwich. Total: $86.70

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: October 2014 Check-in

August savings: $3,008.87 September: $3,314.90 October: $3,904.93 On track for $5k by 2015, more or less. I may be set back a little when my credit card bill comes due but that's not til mid-month so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 11:08 am 0

On Did Your Parents Lie About Your Age To Get Lower Ticket Prices, And Did That Scar You For Life?

This is not a money-saving story per se, but my mom once had to age my younger sister up in order to send her on a plane with my brother and I without an adult. She was 3, I think - old enough to know how old she was, I guess, but young enough not to know when her birthday was. So my mom ... threw her a fake birthday party. She bought a cake, put four candles on it, wrapped a few presents for her, and made my brother and sister come down and sing happy birthday to her. A couple months later, she had her actual fourth birthday - I guess by then she had forgotten about the smaller fake one. I don't really remember much of the fake birthday either, to be honest ... I was ten, and was probably just happy to get extra cake.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm 9

On Friday Estimate

@andnowlights I can tell you ahead of time that the recipe will be "the easiest-looking thing that comes up on the first page of Google and uses pre-made sauce." But I'll give you an update next week!

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@calamity Oh wait, I forgot I have to buy a friend's birthday present. $40 for a set of Chipotle and Whole Foods gift cards!

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I spent a ton of money last weekend and the weekend before, AND I ordered a Kindle yesterday (!), so I'm trying not to spend too much. This will be helped if the Kindle gets here before the end of the workday, instead of just under the "Friday before 8 pm" estimate, but just in case I'll plan as if it isn't. Today: yoga after work. I'd like to go to a DJ set that's free if I get there before 11, but will probably spend $20 on drinks once I'm there. Saturday: $15 at the farmer's market, $5 for other miscellaneous groceries, yoga class, library visit. I still haven't seen Gone Girl and I'm also interested in Dear White People, so maybe I'll catch one of those: $15. Sunday: $11 for a latte and breakfast sandwich, then some sort of bulk cooking. I think I'm going to try some sort of lentil tikka masala - I have a bunch of lentils that have been sitting in my cupboard for a month or two now. Total: $66, which seems ridiculously low ...

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm 0