On Fond Memories Of Take Your Kid To Work Day

My dad makes TV commercials and I once got to be on set for a frozen dinner commercial. It was filmed in a studio owned by the man who invented machines that fling chicken nuggets and fries across the screen. I got to pick out plates with holes to shoot steam through, choose the ice cream that looked best, etc. It was AWESOME. I've been a production assistant on sets since, and when I was little also starred as an actor or hand model in a few (paid in savings bonds and My Little Ponies). My mom is a flight attendant, and the few flights I've been on when she is working have been so weird! It is strange to have your mom straight up serve you when you are not supposed to help. I am neither a flight attendant or producer, but I did love these experiences.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 11:01 am 0

On Traveling Lighter

@ATF The bag itself isn't heavy but it can be when loaded up with all that stuff. I usually use it for weekend trips, but it is a great carry on. Flying standby means I avoid checking bags at all costs. This fits perfectly under the seat even when totally full. It is best as a cross-body bag or using the small handles than over one shoulder.

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 10:13 am 0

On Traveling Lighter

My mom is a flight attendant and I've been making a more concerted effort to use the benefit of free flights this year. I got this for Christmas and LOVE IT. I don’t pack extravagantly in the first place, but this bag works great because it also looks wonderful as an everyday bag/giant purse. I have started using it every day, too. I have comfortably fit 5 days worth of clothes and shoes in it. I’m not affiliated with them at all, I just love this bag (also, small business, USA made, etc). http://www.winter-session.com/products/garrison-bag-black-waxed-canvas-black-leather

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 9:39 am 0

On On Calling Your Employees "Partners"

I once worked at a tea shop (Argo Tea in Chicago) and we were TEAm Members. The tea "puns" didn't stop there. Have a TEAriffic day! ChariTEA etc etc

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 9:26 am 2

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