On Friday Open Thread: I Didn't Yet Know About These Moneysavers

@Lily @HelloTheFuture @BornSecular Yes! I forgot to explain I use the backs for stock! I save veggie trimmings (onion skins, bits of green onion, celery leaves, carrots, etc) in a bag in the freezer then toss in some chicken backs -- a few hours later voila! Stock! I then freeze the stock I won't use right away in a ziplock laid flat so I can save freezer space.

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 8:58 am 0

On Friday Open Thread: I Didn't Yet Know About These Moneysavers

@Allison WHAT -- I love CPL and am really sad/excited I just found out about this

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread: I Didn't Yet Know About These Moneysavers

@Snarke I once asked the butchers at Whole Foods if they had chicken backs left over from cutting up chickens -- I was expecting to pay for them but he gave them to me for free! They don't usually sell them/save them so you have to be there at the right time, but it was great! The big grocer near me (Mariano's) doesn't butcher anything in-house so their butchers didn't have any. :(

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:58 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: January 2015 Check-in

@ThatJenn @andnowlights You could start with your total being $5,500 and see your contribution as bringing you down to $5,040.

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: January 2015 Check-in

I split up my savings into different categories, which makes it look much less impressive. I'm going to have to re-think that. But, I got a nice bonus in December and put that to use in January getting my Federal student loan under $10,000. I had enough in savings to clear that whole thing out, but instead of the rush that would have given me, I'm trying to be happy with the "under $10k" milestone. Because, liquidity. Federal Student Loan (6.55%): December 2014: $11,374.96 January 2015: $9,986.11 Private Student Loan (3.75%): December 2014: $3,890.29 January 2015: $3,802.26 Total December 2014: $15,265.25 Total January 2015: $13,788.37

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm 2

On The Cost of Feeding Myself On Travel

Full disclosure: my mom is a flight attendant for United. But I loooove the Tapas Box. I allow myself to buy it on flights longer than 3 hours (my flights are free, so $8.99 seems fair). I was also so excited this past weekend when I finished my library book on the flight to my weekend destination; I could buy a book for the flight home!

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 9:22 am 0

On The Costs (and Potential Costs) of Flying to NYC During a Blizzard

You could also call the Pod Hotel and explain that you currently have a flight but expect it to be cancelled. Maybe they will extend your cancellation time frame.

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm 1

On Is "Dry January" Worth The Savings

@dotcommie I also live in Chicago and this is exactly my plan.

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm 0

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

@ThatJenn THIS: " I was originally going to pay this sucker off with the lump sum coming my way in January, but I did a lot of math and decided I was better off keeping the car payment and using the extra $$ to make some home repairs, no matter how much I wanted to pay off the car. It’s such a low APR that it just makes sense rather than risking having to tap my emergency fund or credit cards to deal with leaving these house things alone until they HAVE to be done.)" This is the perfect example of making a smart decision that just feels kind of...boring? I have been saving up a nice little sum and all I want to do is throw it at a student loan, but I probably should sit on it a bit more because there are other things I might need it for. :/

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 10:35 am 2

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

When I was a lifeguard on Chicago beaches, "Hey, guy!" was a common thing to shout to someone doing something wrong. I also found that kids needed a more direct yelling at, or they pretend they weren't the one misbehaving. So I used "Hey! You! In the yellow shirt" or whatever distinguishing thing about their clothing. Once some woman freaked out on me and screamed about how rude it was not to call people by their names. This was on a public beach with 300-500 people on it in a given hour. I didn't stop.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:54 am 0