On Visiting Hogwarts When You're Broke

This should be tagged 'how muggles do money'.

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm 2

On Saving Money Vs. Earning Money

I want to hear the freelance/reddit connection stated by the tag!

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:30 am 0

On Link Round-up! Cheap Hotel Rooms, Egg Sandwiches, Commutes

@Allison yes, the express bus! Figuring out the express bus routes made me feel like I'd hacked the MBTA/life. One time it was 35 minutes door-to-door, but that was because all the stars were aligned. Usually it's closer to 45/50 minutes. The above also includes a decent chunk of walking, which makes me much happier than being crammed on a hot train platform waiting for a less-crammed train to come by.

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm 0

On Slashing Our Grocery Bills and Cooking on a Budget

@sariberry They sell these at Trader Joe's also.

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm 0

On Food Truck Tipping

@Tuna Surprise Young, overeducated white kids can also be poor—just because they look like a hipster doesn't mean that the wages don't still suck. And if McDonalds/Wendys/etc. had a tip jar, I'd put money in there too. Chipotle does sometimes, so I put money in there. On your last point, I agree—the root of this problem is that businesses ought to pay a living wage for labor instead of relying on well-meaning customers to make up the difference.

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm 0

On Food Truck Tipping

I slung coffee for a while after college in addition to my first Grown-Up job, where I was only part-time. With both jobs together, I was still not making a living wage, so I definitely appreciated the extra $15 or so from the tip jar that would come my way after working a morning shift. I'd take home less from an evening shift but it was still nice to have a little extra money. I was making minimum wage, not server wages, for working at the coffee shop, so I never saw tipping as imperative. But all those people who dropped their change in the jar did make a difference. Now, I make an OK salary and I put my change or a dollar in the jar every time I go to a food truck or a coffee shop because I've been the person on the other side of the counter. I can also afford a buck or two here or there. Also, I am generally not getting complicated, multi-drink orders or paying in complex ways.

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:59 am 4

On In Defense of Buying Iced Coffee

I tried making my own coffee during the week. I bought a travel mug and was pretty good about taking it with me and started sipping on my way in. But then, in the middle of my 45 minute commute on public transit, I would be very awake and things would get moving, as this author mentions in point number 4. So, in the hope of avoiding a digestive disaster, I no longer make my coffee at home. I pay the $2 for fresh coffee from any of the eight coffee places on the walking part of my commute in to work. It's worth it.

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm 0

On Ben & Jerry's Flavors, In Order

2. Liz Lemon 1. Schweddy Balls (completely delicious)

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm 0

On Is Sephora a Dream or Our National Nightmare?

@RachelG8489 I should say — you do have to work quickly once you apply it. Do one cheek at a time instead of both at once.

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm 1

On Is Sephora a Dream or Our National Nightmare?

@chic noir But what color Chanel polish do you have? Is it the night sky one?

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm 0