This is part of the reason I wear my hair long(er than a woman my age should according to some female relations). It's not so much that I have a lot of my identity invested in my hair as a lot of people think, it's that I can trim it myself at home with beauty supply shop scissors, throw it up in a bun, and go about my day. I do not like the high-pressure salon environment, and I especially don't like having to spend the equivalent of 1 months grocery budget on something that I would be doing to make other people happy.
@LookUponMyWorks This. Educate yourself on garment construction, and you will save a lot in the long run. I've seen cheap construction at Nordstroms and beautiful finishing at H&M. http://recoveringshopaholic.com/how-to-tell-if-a-garment-is-well-made/ http://www.weezi.com/static/Quality/Zippers-ect.html
@McMegan I looked into buying into several neighborhoods that weren't gentrified in DC in the 90s. The crime rate ensured that, as a single woman living alone, it wouldn't be such a good idea for me.
@j a y "If your salary can't accommodate the two fixed expenses, then as counterintuitive as it sounds, you can't afford to work there" is a pat answer. It is a commonly accepted fact that salaries have not risen commensurate with cost of living in a lot of urban areas. If you have topped out your salary range for your position/industry and are sill spending 50% of your income on housing or housing/commuting, what do you do? Incur the expense of retraining or going back to school, with all the risk (personal/financial) involved, with the hopes of reward down the road. This is a complex problem that can't be solved by black and white "cut out lattes"-style personal finance advice.
@JNC Musings Factory That sucks. I'm sorry. :(
@s. dekker I suppose my actual issue with these sorts of articles is the undertone of "If you weren't such a spoiled fucking entitled baby who wants fancy nightclubs and lattes, you'd be able to afford a house".
OMFG, not another article about spending 25% of your take-home on housing. If I moved to where housing was that affordable, I'd spend an additional 25% of my take-home (and day) on commuting.
I'm a no-breakfast person who tried to start eating breakfast, and felt terrible all day. My stomach just doesn't like food in it first thing in the morning. Now I eat oatmeal as a mid-afternoon snack and feel a lot better. These are perfect for that!
At my work (apparel manufacturer), my biggest problem is people stealing clothing samples. Usually, once the selling season is over people are free to take any extra samples we have lying around, but sometimes when we have an extra-cute style they try to speed up the process and take them before we're done with them. No bueno.