@Snarke Fancy cheese counters will also cut you a smaller portion of fancy cheeses if all they have wrapped up are the giant ones. Which is handy if you like fancy cheese in, but moderate quantities.
Seattle peeps- the Seattle Library lets you "check out" museum passes for a pretty decent section of museums for free- there's some limit on how many/ how often, but it's a great deal!
@Tripleoxer The new york times made a rent vs. own calculator a while ago that really helps you visualize the factors that go into renting vs. owning and what makes either one the better financial choice: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator
@keaton I'd be interested in a state by state breakdown. I wouldn't be surprised if there were relatively high percentages of home ownership in more of the south and midwest, where housing prices are lower and culturally it's a little more common to be settled (and married) at a younger age- lower housing prices + earlier dual incomes seems like it could make a big difference.
I don't care what you call it as long as I live within walking distance of a grocery store (and ideally a few restaurants, maybe a drug store). I like streetcar suburbs because they're still mostly houses with lawns, but laid out to be walkable. Dolores Hayden's Building Suburbia is a great place to start if you're interested in the development of the suburbs as a thing.
@notnef I'm so bad about remembering to wear jewelry that one year I made a new years resolution to wear at least one piece every day. I actually stuck with it and it carried through for a while- but now I've moved enough times that my visual triggers aren't in the right place any more and I'm back to always forgetting.
@Eeksquire I agree- garnishes make a huge difference! When you're microwaving, everything sort of winds up the same texture- bringing a small container of sour cream, or croutons or cheese or fresh herbs or what have you makes things seem new (and less boring!)
I occasionally get rather claustrophobic on flights, so I will pay a pretty decent chunk of money to be on a aisle seat, especially on long flights, as it helps a LOT to have an escape path. I definitely sometimes pay more for one flight over the other- 2hr vs 5 hr layover? Yeah, I'll pay 30 bucks. I like using Hipmunk and sorting by agony because it helps me remember that some things are worth paying to avoid (like two layovers vs. one...)
@strangemagic Your keywords are fee-only, hourly, financial planner and client fiduciary. Client fiduciary is the important one- basically they have to make the best choice for your situation. The "free financial advisor" at your bank or whatever just has to make a "suitable" recommendation- which can be his bank's high-fee whatever vs. the ideal low-fee equivalent."Assets under management" is code for "rich people." Helaine Olen has better explanations of all of this stuff. There is a certification called "certified financial planner" that you can look for. I've used the Garret Planning Network to search for people before, with some success. They're specifically about fee-only planning and can help with weeding out options. If anyone is in Seattle, Stacy at 2020 financial planning was great to work with- she's not inexpensive, but she's hourly, straightforward, and good at the emotional side of money.
@Anon budget It shouldn't make a difference, but I've noticed that our grocery spending is always noticeable higher weeks where we make more trips to the store. In theory we're not eating more food those weeks- but in practice in adds up to $$$s. If I plan ahead and shop once a week, I'm much better at keeping the numbers under control. If you shop on the weekend you can even plan around grocery sales for what you're making that week, which adds up.