On Monday Check-in

Nicole, this reveals you spend $5.99 on online dating. We need a post on the economics of online dating! Stat! How much do you spend, from registering to date? A true cost post, perhaps. Is paying for a membership worth it? OK Cupid v. Eharmony v. Match v. How About We? How much is that message worth to read? Comparison to matchmaking such as "It's just lunch"? What mint.com budget category does an online dating subscription go in to? The potential costs: Professional picture? Profile services?

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm 0

On Cleaning House With Jenny

I think leaving is appropriate! 1) At your job, would you like someone leaning over your shoulder supervising all the time? No. 2) When you are cleaning, does it annoy you that your spouse/ housemate is sitting around not helping? Yes. 3) When your spouse/roommate is cleaning and you are sitting around, do you feel uncomfortable? yes. So, I assume cleaning people are like me, and would just prefer you leave and let them do their job in peace. Also, I think to assuage the guilt, maybe, think about all the people you pay to do all the things! You buy both restaurant food and prepared foods (you probably don't DIY bread, cheese, crackers, etc.) You pay the UPS guy to bring you things (via Amazon probably). There are payments for garbage disposal, transport etc. The only reason you feel guilty is because we have decided that cleaning homes is demeaning. It's not. It's just division of labor. Obviously, pay well. But allocate your time and money as you see fit, and allow Jenny to do the same!

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm 1

On In an Age of Tablets, Are Calculators Still Relevant?

AND, the high price of this one device is, I think, a pretty big barrier to low income kids moving up/ doing well in math. Like, if your parents have $100 for their whole "Back to school" budget, you get the calculator or clothes/ pens/ backpack, etc. I remember even my middle class parents wanting to call the teacher to be sure I "needed" it and that it wasn't something I was lying to them about. I think if TI is going to keep the price so high, they really should have an ethical duty to create a program for low income kids and schools to get the calculators.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm 5

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

@Meaghano Ha! I forgot, the Landlord! Definitely no at home birth with the landlord!

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm 0

On The Earning Potential of a Liberal Arts Degree

@Gef the Talking Mongoose In re: Engineer Lawyers making more--> There is lots of law about building stuff and making stuff, and technology. There are PLENTY of lawyers who know about people, relationships, and liberal arts, philosophy, culture, etc. but fewer who know about engineer-y stuff. High demand, low supply = High price. I

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm 0

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

@TaffetaDarling Well, there is no at-home C-section. So, I don't think that was an option for Meaghan. Without knowing the reason for her C-section, and without being a medical professional, I'm going to assume for the time being it was done because it was medically necessary. Also, I think there is no, at home epidural.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm 0

On Plus-Size Shops Vs Plus-Size Shoppers

I'll call out some good ones in this area: Eloquii is doing a good, very trendy job. Jones New York does a good, businessy- job. Mod Cloth does a pretty good, twee/retro job. Nordstrom is good at quality, mediocre at selection. Lafeyette 148 appears to be doing fine at the very high end prices. Lands end does pretty good too. I don't want "Fashion forward." I want high quality, normal staples. Like not winged capes, uneven hems, and shirts with tigers on them and cut out shoulders. Just like nice, normal stuff!

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm 0

On Vision Benefits

@wrappedupinbooks Me too! I was also a "longer than recommended" lens wearer. I got an infection. And then, I couldn't wear contacts for like 6 weeks during allergy season. And so I said, "having lasers shot into my eyes to reshape a part of my body" seems better than wearing glasses 6 weeks a year. And I do not regret that rash and disproportionate decision one bit.

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm 0

On How Much is Too Much for a Root Canal?

@polka dots vs stripes I think a lot will take GE Care Credit. usually that is 0% interest for X months. However, if you make your last payment late, that interest they didn't charge you is all compounded on to the balance.

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On Please Leave Work Early

I hope Mr. Rehnquist followed this advise when he was a supervisor of young lawyers. So many older people realize they missed the opportunity and would advise 18 and 22 year olds to seize it. But when that person is a 25-35 year old employee supervised by the older person, the line is, "make your hours, have this on my desk by tomorrow morning, check your phone at least 2x a day while on vacation." Changing actual policies to allow this is much better than just saying, "you should do this."

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm 1