We have totally pooled money and we do two things: -first line of defense is don't look at the credit card statement if you can help it/at least don't look at it very carefully or think about it -second line of defense is we also don't talk about what we're getting other people, like our families. that way if it's like, a purchase at a certain store you don't know if it's for you or someone else. I actually find that it isn't super hard. I get half of the stuff on Amazon anyway, and that gives you zero clues.
@garli I just colored my hair with an at-home box for the first time since high school (hello grays!) and it cost $4 and looks pretty solid.
The drug store is great, Sephora is tricking you!!! I have only ever bought, like, 2 things at Sephora that didn't make me regret buying them.
@Christy I do this (with Fidelity's 2050 fund). I hemmed and hawed a bit but decided that ultimately, whoever runs the 2050 fund would be more fucked than I would if the thing tanks.
@Katze Ha! We have only Reese's this year and I hope I do not run into this person. That kid can just do some elaborate trades, right? Am I the only one who thinks elaborate trades (both with my sister and my parents, who took a lot of Almond Joy/Mounds bullets for me in my coconut-hating youth) are the best part of Halloween?
@BananaPeel I read a TON and buy maybe 2 books a year and get the rest at the library. I actually don't have an e-reader primarily because I'm sure I'd start to buy tons of books for it and I cannot afford it (especially since I read like other people watch tv, so I want easy books that I can blow through really fast).
Now I have plain checks, but when I ordered the last chunk, the cheapest checks were a variety pack--so one page would be plain, one would be puppies, one would be a tasteful seascape, one would be some crazy Anne Geddes baby photo. It was actually pretty fun. I got to pick out the tackiest, ugliest checks for checks I didn't really want to be writing and pick out something nice if I was reimbursing my parents or something.
Real person, REAL PERSON!!! Unless I have, like, one thing and that one thing has its own UPC, it's terrible. It's not just human error, either--sure I don't know the codes and I don't do it right all of the time, but the machine is also like "NINETY-FIVE..CENTS...PLACE YOUR...BA-NA-NAS...ON THE BELT" every freaking time I get anything in.
Tom and Lorenzo have a series about Mad Men costuming called Mad Style (http://tomandlorenzo.com/tag/mad-style) that I've always really enjoyed. One of the most interesting parts is how they point out that outfits are reused at a reasonable rate or that, for Peggy in particular, her wardrobe slowly grows nicer and more up-to-date with the occasional older outfit thrown in as she moves up in the workplace and makes more money.
I had a similar conversation this past week about several Oman Air purchases. After we established that I had not made one purchase from Oman Air, the operator kept saying "aaaaannnnnddd....what about $467 to Oman Air on the 10th?"