On How Do You Do Groceries?

@Heather F G I don't live near a Wegman's, but whenever a college friend drives up, I always ask her to buy a jalapeno cheese loaf.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm 0

On Ask An Assertive Person, Vol 1: Discounts

Currently, the only freebie I get for being a regular customer at a small business is extra stamps on the "get your 10th coffee free" card, which I really appreciate because I feel three stamps for a regular cup of french press is generous!?

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 11:49 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Friday: I ended up not going to pre-party dinner as planned ($0) and made up for that with birthday party pizza/beer purchases (-$37.80). Saturday: $4.18 on morning bagel and OJ prior to NINE hours at the US Open for some historic matches. I spent $10 on two Italian ices and $10 on two orders of waffle fries. I bought my ticket some time ago, and it was kinda pricey, but it really ends up $26/hour. (Plus, the ushers allowed patrons to go to the $1500 seat area for the women's doubles final because most people left after Federer lost.) I paid for post-tennis dinner (-$28). SUNDAY: Bridal shower, made food from stuff in my pantry ($0) and ate for the entire day. Worked a shift at night job (+$50). THE DAMAGE: I had estimated spending $70 and spent $89.98. Worked as expected. Not bad!

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 10:41 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Friday: Dinner with a pal at a vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant (-$15), then pizza birthday party for roomie (-$25). Saturday: US Open Men's Semifinals, where my friend and I will try to bring in some "small amounts of food" as permitted by the USTA, but we might succumb to an ice lemonade (-$10, paid for tickets already) and dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant (-$20). Sunday: Bridal shower, in which I'll make a vegan Persian crusty rice as my potluck contribution (-$0; ingredients already in pantry) and then I gotta work a quick shift at second gig (+$50). Estimate: Spend $70 and earn $50. I plan on not spending money on groceries because I'm trying to "shop my pantry" and clear up existing groceries.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm 0

On 40-Hour Workweek My Aunt Fanny

I don't make much in the social services field, but my union benefits make up for it -- strict 35-hr work week, health insurance at no cost (though co-pay), generous vacation/sick/personal days. I'm really thankful!

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm 0

On The Cost of Fostering Kittens

What an awesome thing to do, Angela! And don't forget, there could be possible tax deductions for fostering pets for charitable organizations.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:46 am 1

On Only Suckers Don't Buy Generic

@eeyore swiffer dry things? have i not searched hard enough? (hi~)

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

@Ester Bloom Ah, I did read it here!

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

This reminds me of a NYT article (which I think was posted a while back) about how some rent-regulated tenants do not get the same amenities as the market-rate tenants in fancy lottery buildings or buildings that have upgraded since market-rate tenants have flooded in. The reasoning behind that is that rent-regulated apartments are subjected to NYS HCR rules, and any changes to the services/amenities that rent-regulated tenants have access to has to go through the state agency. This is a headache for landlords. I don't know if that's the reasoning behind poor door?

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm 0

On As New Hosts on AirBnB, My Husband and I Sort of Break Even

@Ester Bloom I, too, was going to comment that Asheville is a great vacation spot and generally awesome place to live.

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:39 am 0