On Tax Season

I paid someone last year and it was suspiciously exactly $273. I get a W-2 and whatever the self employment/contract form is from my other job. But I guess I have some weird tax things in that I am not reimbursed the full $0.565/mile rate and I work in a state that is different than the one I live in. Really I just hate worrying about it and it is worth exactly $273 for me to not to have to do it.

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm 0

On Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

@Greenbeans Wow. I just always figured that Universities (even the small ones) would have good plans since don't they require that students have some kind of insurance? I'm sorry you have to deal with all of that! Be careful with Cobra, too. My dad was a day late on a payment and they cancelled his insurance and wouldn't let him reapply, period. There isn't a lot of leeway with them. I'm not quite sure where I'll be ending up for grad school.. I still have to take a year of prerequisite math before I even apply, but thank you for the heads up! Another thing to consider with all the other things to consider :/

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 12:35 pm 0

On Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

@Greenbeans Woah! Cobra is so expensive. I always thought that when you went to graduate school you could purchase insurance through the school at a reasonable price? Is this something that I just totally made up in my mind to make myself feel better about the future (I'll be going to grad school in the next year or 2..)? Are you able to get a plan off of the exchange? Since you're doing that much dry cleaning every month, have you tried those weird dry cleaning bags that you put your clothes in and then throw in the washer? I can't speak for how well they work, but they exist! And they are cheaper.

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:49 am 0

On Hey, Wait, I've Got a New Complaint

I once bought a sewing tool (Gingher seam ripper) that was very poorly designed.. it looked pretty but the blade was far too large to be functional. Gingher makes beautiful scissors and things that are supposed to last forever, so I was super disappointed to have spent like $20 on a seam ripper that didn't even work. I don't usually write companies or complain about anything, really, but a few of my friends convinced me that I should write an email and maybe get a coupon out of it. So I wrote them a letter with an "I'm not angry, just disappointed" tone.. and I at least expected an email back, but I never got a response! The experience has further soured me on complaining to companies when something goes wrong. I can't handle the rejection.

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

On Is "Dry January" Worth The Savings

@Katni you are me! I also am doing my first Dryanuary and also used my projected savings to purchase a quilt set and shelf from West Elm.

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm 0

On How Writing This Column Helped Make Me Rethink My Grocery Spending

@NoName that's a cute gift! Food has gotten much, much cheaper though. All the mass-producing, globalization, and ease of transportation has made it insanely inexpensive for Americans to eat compared to how it used to be. The poverty line was initially determined based on 3x the cost of a minimum diet.. We still actually use that number to calculate the poverty line even though rent now far surpasses the cost of food for most people and it makes no sense.

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm 1

On How Writing This Column Helped Make Me Rethink My Grocery Spending

@scn231 you can split your transactions on mint to separate your grocery expenses into grocery and home! I had to do this with grocery and alcohol because it looked like I was spending so so much more on food than I actually was (not that I feel much better knowing him much I spend on craft beers). You have to keep up with it more, but it's worth it to know more about your spending I think..

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 11:39 am 0

On How Writing This Column Helped Make Me Rethink My Grocery Spending

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 11:33 am 0

On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

@LookUponMyWorks Ha, this is the picture that she sent me of what she wanted: https://www.google.com/#q=hair+extension+holder&tbm=shop&spd=211050992164000226 So I made one exactly like that with some silky fabric on the inside so they don't get stuck and some nicer quilting fabric on the outside. I made this under protest; loose hair freaks me out. But apparently she was just leaving extensions all over the floor and grossing out her roommates.

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm 1

On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

1. I spent $245 on presents 2. My most expensive gift cost $50. This was for some outrageously expensive eye shadow for my sister. I also made her a carrying case for her hair extensions but that is a late birthday present. 3. My least expensive gift cost was like $2? I made tiny quilted lavender satchets for a few friends. The time cost far outweighed the $6 I spent on dried lavender. 4. I didn’t make a budget before I started shopping for presents. I kind of added it up in the middle or as I went along to make sure I wasn't going crazy. 5. I don't think I spent on unreasonable amount of money on Christmas stuff. 6. Yes 7. I feel like I spent the right amount on gifts this year. Last year I had to be a lot more thrifty and I didn't even send out Christmas cards. It felt nice to be able to get something or make something for the people I care about.

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm 0