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

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