On Everything You Need to Know About Diapers, Part 1

My mom planned to do cloth diapers but didn't want to pay for a service so she made her own. They were all beautifully embroidered (she had a lot of time on her hands before I was born). It lasted about a week before she sent my dad out to buy disposables and repurposed the diapers into dozens of beautiful burp cloths.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 11:59 am 0

On Monday Check-in

My weekend went nothing like I had planned. Friday went to pieces real quick. It’s our busiest day of our busiest week in the quarter and I was expecting that but just when I thought everything was going smoothly we discovered a mistake from about six months ago and had to redo a bunch of work at the last minute. I ended up working 11 hours and eating lunch at my desk and there are still some loose ends to tie up today. I spent $5 on breakfast and $6 on lunch. I went to grandma’s and my parents’ houses as planned but I didn’t call to change my hotel reservation until Sunday. On Saturday I decided I couldn’t handle doing anything productive and went to the state fair with my dad, my sister and her family. I paid $10 for parking so we could park on the fairgrounds since my dad can’t handle walking from one of the outside lots and $2 for admission. $10 for a deep-fried bacon-wrapped peanut butter cup that was amazing and horrible all at the same time and a soda. $50 on 100 game and ride tickets and $20 towards many plates of fried goodness at lunch. One of the vendors had these adorable tutu and cape costumes and my three-year old niece picked one of the princesses from Frozen (I don’t know which, I saw the movie with them but still can’t tell them apart). My brother-in-law had wandered off with the diaper bag and my sister’s wallet so I paid $45 for the costume and my sister gave my back my $20 from lunch. I spent $6 on two water bottles to get my through the afternoon and $10 on an inflatable ninja turtle toy for my nephew. We all had a great time and I didn’t get a sunburn but I was exhausted when I got home. $133 well spent. Since I did the fair on Saturday, I rescheduled my fence replacement for next weekend and tool the dogs to the groomer, $110 with tip. I stopped by Starbucks and got a latte with a giftcard I had and then picked up more groceries than I had planned, $85 including $15 of Mexican Coke in glass bottles and pre-popped popcorn to bribe/thank my dad for dog sitting later this week. I called and changed my hotel reservation for next week which cost an additional $33. I didn’t not do all the house cleaning I had planned to. Total was $372, $78 less than I estimated, but I didn’t replace my fence or get new blinds. I did have fun, though.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

This weekend is going to be busy and expensive. I already picked up breakfast this morning on my way to work - $5. Tonight I am going to my Grandma’s house to check on her and pick up some stuff then to my parents to drop off the stuff for their storage shed. If I need to get anything for Grandma my mom will reimburse me. I also need to pay my bills for this half of the month and change my hotel reservation for next weekend since that was my one thing for Thursday that I didn’t get done. Tomorrow I am taking the dogs to the groomer (probably $100), dropping off some dry cleaning ($30), and cleaning the house. I also need to pick up some groceries for a few days. Sunday my dad and I are replacing a section of my fence (about $100 for materials) and I might replace the blinds in my living room. One of them actually broke so I just have a curtain across that window and the blinds I have are no longer available. I don’t really like them anyway, they collect dust and need to be vacuumed instead of wiped or else the dust just smears and they come off their cords easily. If I get new ones it will be around $150 for the three windows and I will probably replace the bedroom blinds with matching ones in the next couple months. Total will be around $450 since I will also get lunch for my dad and me on Sunday.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0

On Should Economic Equality Have Come Before Marriage Equality?

I think economic equality is the more important issue but marriage equality is the more winnable one. DOMA made it to the Supreme Court because of estate taxes. It probably would have made it eventually but most people will never have enough money to make estate taxes an actual issue. Hopefully as marriage equality gains more ground queer people will gain more visibility and straight people won’t think of us as some exotic other and then it will be easier to pass things like ENDA.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm 0

On "Shortsighted, Cheap, and Unethical: Cash Only."

There are several places that I always try to remember to bring cash even though the take cards, like the nail salon and small restaurants, and they are usually actual mom & pop places that I go to frequently. My dry cleaner is cash only which annoys me not because I have to remember to get cash ahead of time but because they have an atm in the lobby and charge a $3 fee. But they are close to my house, cheap, fast, and do a good job so I deal with it.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 11:52 am 0

On Monday Check-in

I didn’t estimate because I wasn’t really sure what I was doing. Friday I drove to a sprawling outdoor mall in the suburbs for the annual “Taste of San Tan” Festival. A bunch of restaurants have tasting booths and there is beer and wine. It supports a local charity and my office always buys a bunch of tickets. I ate a bunch of good food but didn’t drink anything since I had to drive home. I didn’t spend any money at the festival but did stop in the big Barnes and Noble at the mall and bought a couple of books ($56 and a two hour round trip commute). Saturday morning I went to visit my Grandma in the hospital and get the keys to her apartment. I picked up a breakfast sandwich and some coffee ($5) and my sister and I spent the morning cleaning Grandma’s apartment to prep for her release. We both brought cleaning supplies from home so we didn’t have to buy anything and we picked up enchilada’s on the way home ($11). I ate half for lunch and half for dinner and wished I had more. Sunday I didn’t really do anything. I was on call to pick Grandma up since my car is the easiest for her to get into. I kept thinking I should do something productive around the house but didn’t want to start a big project since I wasn’t sure when I would have to leave. So I just read and watched tv. I’m not sure how I feel about this season of American Horror Story. I didn’t have to get Grandma until about 6 so the day was pretty much wasted. We got Grandma settled in and I picked up some Del Taco for dinner ($7). I also ordered some ear drops for my infection-prone Chihuahua and an arm-band case for my cell phone to try and guilt myself into running more now that the weather here is nice ($25 since I had a credit at Amazon). Total was $104.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 11:41 am 0

On WWYD Link Roundup!

For the second one there could be tax consequences to splitting the estate after her father passes. Once the will has been executed the money is her's so any distributions she makes from the money will be viewed as gifts from her, not an inheritance from the father and depending on the amount would be subject to different tax rules.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm 0

On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With $400 Shoes

About five years ago I wanted a pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs flats that had a mouse face on them and little ears. I talked myself out of them because they were expensive (maybe around $250) and weren't a grown-up woman with a real career type of shoe and I have regretted it ever since. 33 year-old me is much more comfortable in her desire for silly cute things than 28 year-old me was. But I probably couldn't have afforded them then anyway and I just finished paying off twenty-something me's credit card debt.

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm 0

On We're Not Gonna Pay Rent ... By Check

My landlord requires a cashier’s check or money order. Every month I stop at the bank on my way home, get my money order (and pay a $5 fee for it) and drop it in the mail box at his office. I just realized I have paid $300 in money order fees in the five years I’ve lived there. I asked about setting him up to pay through my online bill pay (he wouldn’t be able to debit the account directly, I’d still have to initiate) and he just looked at me blankly and said he didn’t think that would work. He did recently start texting so that’s nice and he is good about maintaining the property.

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

I didn't estimate on Friday since I didn't really have any plans. I lazed around the house Friday night and Saturday, took the dogs for a walk and caught up on some reading. Sunday my mom and I took my Grandma out for a fancy hamburger. Grandma hardly ever eats meat and didn't want to waste the meal on a subpar burger. Some other family members joined us and my uncle ended up covering Grandma's meal. I ordered a Kobe burger and split some fancy fries (sweet potato and zucchini) with my mom. My share was $30.46. I took my laundry and dogs over to my parents house and hung out there for a few hours. I bought a Kindle book for $1.07 and preordered a Star Trek DVD set for $36.81. Sunday night I stopped by the pharmacy to pick up a prescription $0 copay and bought a giant rice crispy treat for$1.50. $69.84 for the weekend.

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm 0