On AirBnb Ruined Our Lives and Turned Us Into Entitled City Dwellers

Why not just rent out the master bedroom for a higher share ($1400 or $1500 seems reasonable for having your own bathroom)?

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm 3

On The Discreet Charm of Commuting

At my last job, I used to walk 2.7 miles each way to work, and would stop halfway to treat myself to a coffee in the morning - figured I would have spent the same amount on bus fare, so this way I was in better shape, and more awake! (Living in SF is basically the ideal condition for walking/biking - never too hot or cold!). My new job is one of those that requires a corporate shuttle ride from SF down the peninsula (please don't throw rocks...). It's about 40 minutes in the morning, and 50 in the afternoon coming home. I love that I can work on the bus thanks to wifi, or simply zone out and either read or take a nap. If I drove it myself - which would require the monstrous expense and headache of owning a car - it'd be about 15 minutes shorter each way, but I much prefer being able to sit back and either work or relax. I do miss the exercise, though.

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:49 am 0

On The Cost of Breaking Up and Moving Out

I'm so sorry to hear about your break-up :( Question - I'm confused how paying rent to your friend counts as a break-up expense - were you not previously paying rent before? Or did you have to still pay rent on the old lease?

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm 1

On Unpaid Labor, On Purpose: Why We Volunteer

@Rebecca H. Just signed up!

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm 0

On Unpaid Labor, On Purpose: Why We Volunteer

This sounds great. I just recently moved to SF and have been looking for a similar program to get involved with - can you post some information about who to contact about volunteering? Thanks!

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Tonight: Dinner & drinks send-off: $50? Not sure if we're obligated to pay for our friend or not, so could be a tad higher. Saturday: first college football weekend of the year! heading to a party, will bring some type of appetizer and a six pack: $25 for beer and groceries. Will probably be too tired/tipsy to go out afterwards, so maybe just a nice night in. Sunday: Long run, plus treat after $5. No real plans other than heading to the park and reading in the sun. Probably stock up on a few groceries: $40. Monday: Renting bikes to go over the Golden Gate bridge and into Sausalito and Tiburon. $25 bike rental, $10 lunch, $15ish for the ferry home I think. Total: $150-175

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

My sister is flying in to visit so this weekend (plus next Monday & Tuesday) are essentially a little vacay, so am expecting a pretty spendy couple of days, but hey, the last two weekends were under $100! Friday: Leaving work as soon as her plane gets in and she gets downtown. Lunch at Il Cane Rosso on the embarcadero: $15. Need to buy my dad a birthday present, so $50 for something from the Team Oracle USA store at the America's Cup pavilion. Maybe a glass of rose too(present for him, present for me): $12. Casual dinner out at Roam burger: $15. Headed to a housewarming party afterwards, but already bought the requisite bottle of liquor, and we'll be taking the bus, so $0. Saturday: Probably just eat a small breakfast in the apartment, and then go sightseeing. Want to walk around the Marina, near the Golden Gate bridge. Maybe wander over to North Beach and grab some gelato. Grab a quick lunch at a cafe somewhere: $12. Dinner at Bin 38: $40-50. Sunday: Hosting brunch at my apartment, so will need to pick up a few groceries at some point: $30. Plan to spend the afternoon at Dolores Park, relaxing with some champers, snacks, and a book: $15. Also hosting sunday dinner: $30. Total: let's call it $250ish, with incidentals. Taking a mini-vacation Monday and Tuesday and heading to wine country in Napa/Sonoma. Just realized it's the first time since the holidays that I've taken time off - holy moly. Planning on spending all the monies in the world on wine for friends and myself. Rental car was pretty cheap - $47/day, plus we're staying at an AirBnb for $100/night in Sonoma, which is far better than any hotel deal. Cannot wait!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

Aimed for ~$100, came in a bit low. Friday: Friend came over for drinks after work and brought a bottle of wine ($0). Started to re-watch House of Cards on Netflix and got a pain twinge of nostalgia for DC. Saturday: Ran to and then hiked Lands End - gorgeous sunny day with no fog, so managed to get a great view of the GG bridge. Bought a gatorade and cliff bar on the way back. ($4) Walked home and swooned over the gorgeous houses right on the water. One day.... Went to see "The Spectacular Now" which was filmed at my HS! So crazy. Also, good movie - go see it! ($15) Sunday: Ran some errands, which included picking a few coasters from Anthropologie to replace the ones that shattered in the move ($17), an iced coffee ($2), and groceries for the week ($40). Overall: $80.

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Helloooo, weekend! Tonight: A friend's +1 to her start-up's party for hiring their 100th employee = free open bar & food trucks all night. Thanks to the other 99 employees! Will try to take the bus home, but anytime there's an open bar, I'm usually just trying to make it home to my PJs at the end of the night - Cab: $10. Tomorrow: Avoiding all Outside Lands activity as much as possible. Hopefully get in a run (and thus, post-run treat: $5). No real plans for Sat night yet - maybe stay in with a movie or a book? Sunday: May go out to brunch ($30), plus meeting a friend for coffee ($5). Grocery run for the week - ($45). Total: $100ish

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm 2

On Monday Check-in

Aimed for my first sub-$100 in a while and made it! Friday: $15 for a bottle of champagne and card for my roommate who got a new job + $30 in groceries. Saturday: $31 for drinks out and a cab home Sunday: Small grocery shop,$20 Total: $96

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm 0