On What Are You Wearing and What Did It Cost

@chevyvan Oh, I forgot my bag...so let's just add in outerwear too... Bag - $40 Coat - $100 So I'm up to $680 Wow...that's a lot of money for me.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm 0

On What Are You Wearing and What Did It Cost

Mine is way higher than I thought it would be - $540 - but it's mostly the glasses. Knee-length dress I've had for 5 years - $40 Calvin Klein ponte blazer - $45 (Marshalls!) Underthings - $70 Tights - $15 Leather boots - $70 (on clearance!) Earrings - gift Glasses - $300 (half-off!) (not counting coat and hat worn on my way to work) I've never spent more than $150 on shoes. I spent $300 on a Northface jacket and it was worth it - me being in Chicago and all - but I've never done a real *splurge* like > $1000 bag or something. Also, are backwards jackets a thing now? Or did those guys coordinate?

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm 0

On What We'll Do When We Stop Working

Hmmm...did the researchers think about flipping the causal direction? Maybe watching tv is what retirees do BECAUSE that's all they can afford to do? Or maybe there's something spurious happening - maybe that's all they're physically able to do? Maybe we should be worried because our tiny retirement funds are going to limit our recreational options to watching tv in our wheelchairs.

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm 0

On An Interview With Someone Who Got Fired for Not Having a 'Hunger for Marketing'

@garli Yeah, the whole point of having an intern is having someone to do the crap jobs you don't want to do, and do at least a good enough job that they actually help you instead of creating more work for you, AND be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed while doing it (Conditional on the fact that they are not being abused/exploited - Otherwise all bets are off).

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm 0

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

@sheistolerable A lot of men and women in Chicago use honey, sweetie, and dear in - what I feel are - inappropriate contexts. Like addressing a customer, someone older than you, the same age, or a stranger. It grates on my nerves like you wouldn't believe. I'm originally from Texas and usually older people only address younger people this way (unless you're a waitress at a diner). I recently ate dinner with my friend's mother who was visiting from Hawaii (but had lived all over the US). Our young waitress called her dear and sweetie several times until steam was about coming out of her ears. I had to explain that it was a Chicago thing.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm 0

On How Money Moves Between Generations (Not The Way You Expect)

My parents are terrible with money. Never made much, never tried to make much, never saved when saving was something that was possible. Then various health problems have left my dad unable to work and my mom tied to a job until she can't work anymore (which might be very soon due to a serious health issue). They never planned for retirement (a meager 401k that was hit hard in the recession, and they took money out to cover some serious debts), have let their home fall into disrepair so it's not worth much of anything. I could go on and on. I've tried to hold off on helping them too much - letting them live the consequences of their own life choices. But now it's getting closer to the point when they may not be able to live on their own and it's really freaking me out. I'm going to therapy, etc, to learn how to cope with the stress. I have siblings that can help in varying degrees, but it still feels overwhelming. (sigh...)

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm 0

On On My Own: Doing a Personal Finance 180

Way to go! Yes, I remember my roommate going out to bars every single night of the week while I stayed home and went to the bars on Saturday night at the most. It's not the worst thing in the world. The great thing about being in school is that there are so many free activities, clubs, etc. Join up!

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm 0

On Going "Gluten Free" is for Rich People

@Theestablishment Very true. I remember a friend telling me about a couple she knew who were having marriage problems because they were arguing over whether they would raise their children vegan or not. I just remember FILLING WITH RAGE upon hearing this. It's the epitome of first world problems. I hope that couple stayed together because they deserve each other. I do not begrudge people with celiac or actual food allergies their choices, though.

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm 0

On 'I Had My Backpack and 20 Cents': How Cheryl Strayed Does Money

@joyballz It's nice that she actually signed the books in person! I haven't read TBT yet - although I've read through the Dear Sugar archives quite a bit. Wild is one of the few books I've read more than once in recent years. I liked it okay the first time, but some heavy stuff happened in my life, and I was like, "I need this book right now." I haven't felt that way about very many books.

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 11:50 am 0

On It Depends on What the Definition of "Unlimited" Is

I have a couple of friends who have the AT&T unlimited data plan and they have to field calls from AT&T begging them to change their plan on the regular. I hadn't heard about throttling, though! I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile and haven't looked back. Same for several family members. It all happened when we had problems with service/equipment and AT&T shrugged their shoulders.

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 11:27 am 0