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

On Is Sephora a Dream or Our National Nightmare?

@RachelG8489 Hey, that Benetint stuff is FUCKING AWESOME. I bought some a month or so ago and I love it. I say this as a pasty lady who likes to buy makeup but never gets around to actually wearing it, usually, because I am lazy and don't always like heavy things on my face. Or feeling hot because there is stuff on my face. I have carried the little pot of posie tint in my purse and any time I needed a perk-me-up or had to do something professional I put it right on my cheeks and wore it the rest of the day with no bothered skin or hot-feeling at all. I just bought (at Sephora…this article is timely) a sample pack of the posie tint + sun beam + something else because I wanted a smaller bottle for my purse. They always get you right at the check out with all of the cute packaging!

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm 0

On Amazon Expands Its Grocery Business

@James Tucker@twitter I loved this when I studied abroad in York. It was so convenient — much easier than lugging your entire grocery haul home on the bus!

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 11:17 am 0

On Deciding Between Colleges

@seaermine YES! This is a problem even when they start talking about colleges in late middle school or early high school. I'm paying for a chunk of my loans by myself. I've been out of college for 8 years. Looking back, all the language and info about paying for college, before I was even applying, was aimed at parents. My mom did help out where she could (and still does), but my dad couldn't. Now, if I had been able to file my taxes as an independent, if they didn't base my aid off of my mom's income, my financial aid would likely have been quite a bit higher. But I didn't know that at 18 or 19, and by the time I did figure it out, I was close enough to graduating. I don't want to discount the support my parents gave me — and there is support beyond financial, obviously. But I am still paying for those student loans every month and probably will be paying them off for another 5 years.

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm 0