On Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

@orangezest I also find myself adjusting my Mint budgets every few months. I will beat myself up for a couple months when I go over budget in a certain category, but then I will finally come to a place of acceptance and adjust my budget so that I can at least know what I'm spending and where it's going and why I don't have anything left over when I thought I would.

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 11:41 am 0

On Save Money on Streaming Media With Slate's New Calculator

DSL? My AT&T DSL is $46/month (not great, but better than $76).

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm 0

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

I got a rental car from Enterprise once and it smelled like cigarette smoke. Not really bad, but enough to annoy me. I told the guy when I returned the car and he was like, "Would 10% off your bill be enough compensation?" and I was like, SURE! I wonder what would have happened if I had been like, "NO. GIVE ME 20%" or something.

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm 0

On Highlights From A Year of Emotional Spending

If I listed all of my emotional expenses, they would be 80% cheese-related.

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 12:59 pm 3

On Michael Keaton/Douglas, Hollywood, and the Empathy Gap

@Mike. A Thank you for sharing that conservative talking point. Sometimes, when you grow up poor/working class, your friends help you out in finding a deal on something nice. Like how my family had an Atari computer/game consoles back when very very few families had computers. My dad's coworker told him about a floor model that was selling for very cheap. I learned computer programming when I was 5 or 6 years old. And guess how I earn my living now. I supposed we should have just walked around in rags (my 70s thrift store clothes being too nice for a poor family) and apologized to everyone for being poor. Maybe parents should have been content with letting us play with dirt instead of a computer and I should have just stayed in my hometown and become a fast food worker (no disrespect to fast food workers, but that's not what I wanted). Maybe the Ortiz's shouldn't be allowed to touch an iPhone so when the kids all grow up and get jobs they will be light-years behind their peers - because they are poor and they don't deserve nice things.

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm 5

On 5 Ways the Wedding Industry Is Plotting to Destroy Us

@deathcabforcutes That's not a bad idea! She loves Say Yes to the Dress, although mainly to talk about how ridiculous the people are (that is to say, not because she loves wedding dresses so much). I did try on her wedding dress for her once and - THANK GOD - the bust was too small for me. It was a 60s daisy-covered nightmare with a Priscilla Presley veil. Also, she won't be able to afford to help me pay for a wedding so she has no financial power - just typical mom guilt.

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 8:19 pm 0

On 5 Ways the Wedding Industry Is Plotting to Destroy Us

@twofish Thank you for sharing this. My heart says elope, but my mother's pleading that she wants to see her baby in a wedding dress keeps popping up in my head. Not that anyone has actually proposed to me yet...hahahaha...sigh... I guess I will just need to stay strong if/when that time comes.

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

On Happy New Year! Here Are Some Pointless Or Obvious Savings Tips!

@Sarah Rain@facebook That confused me as well. I just found a programmable thermostat on Amazon for $30.

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm 0

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