Still on the family plan at age 29, and still 100% NOT AT ALL ASHAMED about it. The only mild irritation is that I have to go through my dad occasionally to make changes, and he did hijack my upgrade (But I hijacked him right back so it all evened out in the end). And honestly, when I hear about my friends having $100+ phone bills, and I have an iphone (and all that entails) with only a $38 bill, yea... I'll let my dad occasionally hijack my upgrade. He saves me thousands by being awesome! I fully intend to stay on the family plan until I make my own family plan.
I'm a lawyer entering my 4th year of practice... and my last friend-classmate without a job just recently got one. like 2 months ago. Things might be getting better, and I might actually love and feel fulfilled by my profession, but I still discourage anyone seeking my advice from actually going to law school. Right now the cost-benefit balance is way out of whack.
While I don't have food stamps, i know the farmers' markets in my area accept them -- though each vendor decides individually, I've noticed more and more of them with signs stating they accept EBT. Meanwhile, I shop there because I can a) support local farmers, and b) fill my fridge with a week's worth of veggies for about $20 -- win win!
This is also great timing for me! I'm getting ready to move next month, and while I have a microwave now, I won't have one when I move ... and I don't think I'll get one! Honestly heating things up in a skillet takes just a few minutes, and it does taste infinitely better! Especially if you're heating up a cream sauce... it won't break like it does in the microwave. Though I use a microwave on the semi-regular now, I'm curious if I'll miss it when it's gone...
When my friends and I travel, we usually have the same roles over and over, and it works really well every time! One person (usually the same girl every time) is designated the "treasurer" and handles all major expenses/purchases. This means she books the accommodations, travel, vehicles, etc. on her card. She then divides these up and we all pay her -- easy! Usually the other roles deal with planning, logistics, etc -- whatever works for our personal strengths. When we did this on a recent girls trip to Europe, it worked out wonderfully. I handled planning/logistics, and my friend handled the money. With all major items pre-paid and out of the way, it was much easier to then just take turns picking up the tab for dinner/drinks/snacks. Since we all had similar eating and drinking habits, it wasn't a big deal to split hairs over the dinner bill or a round of beers...at least in a small group. One of the best things we did, which I will always do for future road trips over a lengthy period of time, is to designate a certain amount that we all "pay in" for gas, tolls, etc. When the trip is over, we just divvy up whatever is leftover. That way there's no splitting hairs over how much of a "tank" each person paid for upon filling up. When we plan our annual 12-person camping trip, again, we have one treasurer who books and pays for everything, and everyone pays her back. We have a second "meal person" who sets the menu for the week, and then divvies up items for each person to bring -- it all ends up pretty even, and then individually we are on our own for certain meals, booze, gas money, etc.! I've worked off the same system for many years with the same group of friends, and I have to say, it's super easy and relatively stress-free! And it works out well for the treasurer, who takes on the money-stress, to get her airline miles.
Congratulations!! I know that feeling all too well... when I got mine about a year ago (After about an 18 month search as well) I literally jumped up and down for like 5 mins, and maybe cried a little. Feelings of self worth and normalcy restored :) :) GO YOU!!
Ohhh NEW question -- and I've seen this vary so widely -- what do you do about tipping when you order carry out from a restaurant you would normally tip in? I always feel obligated to tip (usually the bartender) SOMETHING, but I feel like the standard 20% is too high bc...well I'm taking it to go. Thoughts?
@Lily Rowan Ugh has anyone had the customer feedback "You were amazing today, great service, really excellent" and then gotten like 10%? It's like they think compliments earn them a tipping discount. It doesn't.
@polka dots vs stripes I'll usually tip if I'm ordering food that has to be delivered to my table? But I never really know what to do about those either!
@readyornot It happens. A good, honest server will usually highlight or indicate the service charge for you, but at the end of the day, it's your responsibility to check the bill! Usually service charges are at either 18 or 15% anyway, so a little bump usually evens things out!