oh man - to 24 year old me: girl, stop spending money!!! You need to save more and maybe don't spend money on the dumb stuff, but save it so you can do a little more traveling. The job you have is great, but there's better things to come (though I am pretty happy how things turned out job wise, after a little struggling).
Every time I see someone with a large latte, I am in disbelief on how someone could drink that much milk, because I just think of all the horrible stomach problems and bodily fluid related consequences that would happen to me if I were to drink something more than 1 oz of milk in it. It's not really like, "wow they must be very important", but rather, "they must really like using the bathroom."
Curtains are the things that'll transform our apartment to figuring- shit-out to got-our-shit-together space! I'm trying to figure out how to hang them in the living room at the very least, but the window I'm looking at is like friggin 10 feet long! And now that I'm thinking of it, we'll have to definitely put matching ones in the dining room since that is directly across from the living room windows on the other end of our apartment, and it'll look odd without. I am tempted to ask what my neighbors do because the windows are sooo big! We have blinds btw, no one is just staring into our hovel.
@andnowlights - I agree - the one thing I really miss is the flexibility of working throughout the week and having weekdays off. I loved the middle of the day yoga classes with the rest of the housewives! At my one retail gig, it was pretty sweet too because the latest night we had we would close at 8, so I still had the rest of the night to go hang out, and wasn't coming home past midnight, like per the bookstore. My husband is a retail manager and he is looking to make the leap out of it - he is a manager at the same aforementioned bookstore. A big part of his decision isn't because of the hours (though he wishes he didn't have to stay so late or go in so early) or pay, but rather he made a move into a store where the store/employee and customer culture is just so wildly different from the one he worked for (and where we met when I was working there) for years. It's hard to motivate a staff where the majority of them are 'just there' and dont treat it as a real job. Hoping he can find something in the new year; it would be great if next year he could come to all the holiday parties, which this year he can't go to any of them due to his schedule. It would also be nice to have a guaranteed two days off together to hang out and get things done around the house, as opposed to constantly having to plan to when he'll be around when I'm around or not seeing him/hanging out for a several day stretch because he gets home after I've fallen asleep, and I leave before he gets up in the morning. He's on my health insurance, so I'm hoping it'll give him more flexibility to look for something, and he's willing to take a pay cut, because even when you've had years of management experience in retail, wrangling both colleagues and customers, and you're responsible for generating thousands to millions of sales, it's hard to get an interview at places that are non-retail, and usually you have to start at entry level.
We have a joint account for all our stuff - rent, utilities, groceries, but still keep our own accounts and credit cards. My husband puts more into the joint because he has less/no debt other than his gas card. For gifts, this year we decided to do stocking stuffers, so I picked him up some stuff on my own account, but used the joint when I went for a catch-all shopping trip to Target which included some stuff for him but it was like candy and shaving cream. I did pick up some earrings, because I had a coupon for it, and I figured he could put in my stocking. We haven't really gotten each other any big gifts ever (other than my engagement ring from him) so there's no surprises when looking at our statement. As for family gifts, some come out the joint, some come out of mine, and some come out of his - it's more of a matter that we make sure I'm not buying alllll the gifts, but I will go shopping more than he does, so I just count on him to pick up stuff from his work and take care of all those people.
Sports Basement! When we had a visit/vacation in SF last summer we spent the first half in Yosemite (in a cabin), but the second half camping in Big Sur. My friend who we were visiting had two roommates who worked at Sports Basement and they set us up with our tent and sleeping bags and sleeping pads - best vacation hook up! We were flying out to California and my friend only had one set of camping gear, and we wren't about to fly/ship out anything with us. It definitely was a cost saver. I also ended up buying a couple of things - sweatshirt, sweatpants because the weather n San Fran/northern CA was a lot colder than I thought it would be. I wished we had something like Sports Basement in NJ, it's all big box (we do like EMS though) and sooo expensive! My husband has expensive tech-wick stuff from EMS, and lucky I can fit into his! I really ought to get a set of my own. Wicking/long-underwear will be the thing I say if anyone asks if I want anything in particular for xmas.
Tonight - the mom in law sent us some gift cards she found in a drawer that you can use at red lobster/longhorn steakhouse/olive garden. Two $50 dollar ones! Huzzah. So we might use those OR just make chicken enchiladas, per the groceries I bought earlier this week. If we go out, we'll use one $50 hopefully not go over - $0 Saturday - I really need to straighten out my library fines situation, so I think I'll do that sometime this weekend. I know I owe $15.00 in fines! I'm the worst. I'm also going discount loreal shopping at the warehouse, and I plan on getting stocking stuffers (husband and I are only exchanging stockings, not big gifts) and little things to send my friend for her bday/xmas in california. Lunch at my parents and laundry since it's free - $50 Sunday - running the Big Chill 5K in the morning with friends. The registration is a toy which I already bought. Having a glorious brunch post race - $30 for a buffet that includes snow crab legs, cocktail shrimp, every breakfast food imaginable, and dessert. Then groceries for vegetables and proteins, maybe some extra butter and eggs and baking things - no more thatn $40 - $70 Estimate - $120
@andnowlights - I had a lot of fun working there, but definitely had to find something that paid more. I also probably would've saved more money because I was constantly shopping. As a full timer though there's a lot of pressure on sales, but it was a little more personal , ebcause I had a book of clients that I helped and woudl personal shop for (everyone gets a book, or at least that is how it was when I was there). And since Princeton is very small I would see these people all the time. I had super rich ladies who bought ks for gifts (gifts?! like 500$ bags for their dog walker or something) and princeton students and also just people who wanted to get something nice for themselves. With every purchase you had to write a hand-written thank you card. They've changed a lot the past couple of years since I've been there. But yeah , cheap fancy clothes man. I have several of their dresses on rotation at my super-boring corporate job.
I am a former KS shopgirl! I'm surprised you guys were opened. We were always dead on black friday because we didn't have anything really crazy discounted (I remember one year it was this $200 that was marked down to $150). Also, I worked in a store that was part of a ritzy-ish/very local-focused downtown (Princeton) and so the crazy crowds on Black Friday were there for the tree lighting and toys at Jazams next door. I'm sad you didn't get to wrap anything; that was my favorite thing to do at the store and my presents look bomb (as well as my handwriting and thank you-card writing) because of it. I remember my first xmas as a ks girl...I nearly fainted at the amount of money I would've spent if I didn't have a discount. If you are a full time associate, you also get 50/50s where you get to buy three things at 75% off. You get to buy a purse every quarter at 75%. I think they've changed it and actually give the associates a small clothing allowance (2 dresses or something) for the season so you're 'brand-appropriate".
Thursday - annual 8K my husband and sister in law and her boyfriend ran. After the gun I walked to the sbux for my first holiday-ish drink (I never go to sbux)- $2.00. Turkey, family, and gossip for the rest of the evening. Friday - enjoyed my black friday by restocking our groceries - NO ONE at Trader Joe's! ok, but no one I mean there were two other people there with me at 8am. But still. Groceries at TJ's and WF were $100. There is a marshalls/homegoods near the whole foods I shop at, so it was early enough and I went in. They were fully stocked and I did a fair amount of xmas shopping and was able to to cross off many people - $120 (for 2 preteens, 3 little kids, 2 cousins and an aunt!). They were also giving away their huge reusable shopping bags. -After morning shopping, had parents and brother over for lunch. Then went out again! gah. Went to another homegoods, and spend 17.00 on a little addon for SIL and bf. Then to mall where I failed at finishing xmas shopping but got a much needed pair of work pants from Loft - $40. Saturday - baked and baked and made mashed potatoes for my Friendsgivingmas that evening. Spent 10.00 on an iced tea and a pack of cigarettes. Fun and merriment (and more food) that evening, cigarettes were necessary. Sunday - hung out with husband, who had been working all weekend. Looked but didn't buy tv stands, but picked up some household items - $22.00. Watched afternoon football at the only princeton "dive" bar, where they had 50 cent wings and 2.50 miller lights - $12. Went home and ate more cookies, wrapped presents, and cleaned. Then made cheeseless pizza instead of going out to buy fancy thin crust cheeseless pizza. Not crazy zand got a lot of xmas shopping done. Will have to wait until next paycheck to finish - $323.