I never got allowances, but I did get lunar new year red envelopes... which often was a substantial amount of money. However, that got confiscated by my mom, who would put it in a savings account in my name. I learned the value of saving early on, I guess.
@grandma_nancy same ;__;
I also had absolutely no idea about membership dues! Are most synagogues open to negotiating the fees? What if a family can't afford the dues?
I think my social worky salary in NYC puts me in the working class. However, working in an organization that primarily serves the extremely low income (public assistance level) and working poor population really puts things in perspective. With that in mind, I think being "middle class" or even "rich" is primarily the feeling of not really having any money concerns? (You can afford things you want, pay your bills, save for the future).
I'm glad that my parents never tiger-parented me beyond general encouragement to do well in school. They haven't given me much grief about my kinda low-paying social-worky career direction, probably because I've proven to them that I pay my bills and save for retirement. But they have asked whether I should seek higher paying jobs... Billfold Live was super good, by the way! Can we have a separate post about it?
@LookUponMyWorks Congrats on the loan! Yay!
On Saturday, I went to the gym and then did bridesmaid shopping with friends, which later turned into normal shopping but I stayed strong and did not shop. Then I had dinner with college pals (-$21). I didn't end up going to a party at a bar because dinner ran so late. Sunday, I just went back to my parents' home and did some laundry and had dinner. I also stocked up at the grocery store because of impending snowpocalypse but my mother insisted on paying. Total: -$21 because of parental generosity, under my $60 estimate PS: I like these check ins because they are my weekend diary entries.
Saturday: I still have a lot of food at home (made a large serving of beans that I froze into several meals) but can probably do a small grocery run for staples (-$40). I'll go to a bday thang on Saturday night and will probably have two drinks (-$20). Sunday: Been a lull for my side hustle, so I'm enjoying quiet weekends at home. I'll probably just stay in, since it'll be snowy all weekend. ($0) Estimate: $-60
I usually bring my lunch every day and I eat at my desk so I can surf the net (AND READ THE BILLFOLD) during my hour-break. I'm in a very brown-baggy office and most people just eat at their desk. Once we did a potluck and it was SO DELICOUS, but it's too hard to coordinate potlucks when so many people have to be on the field and random times.