On The Billfold Book Club Discusses Helaine Olen's 'Pound Foolish'

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm 0

On A Father-Daughter Duo Answers Your Questions: Balancing a Relationship With Financial Differences

"Does your jurisdiction pool your property immediately upon you guys starting to live together?" What?!!! Is that a thing, even if they aren't married/never get married? The fact that this could true and I had no idea is *horrifying* to me.

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm 0

On Cars, Houses, And other Millennial Milestones

It makes me happy that you are linking to The Toast, and just this morning they linked to The Billfold's thrift store piece. Yay for my favorite blogs being friends!

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:50 am 6

On Are Land Lines Worth It?

The study you linked to says there are five demographics, not just one, with a majority of people only having cell phones, including adults aged 18 - 34 and Hispanics. The age group difference seems like it's the key to me - I bet that it's more of a legacy thing (i.e. people who have had a landline since before cell phones were so prevalent have kept it, but new households formed more recently don't ever establish one.)

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm 0

On The Average Affair Will Cost You $2600 Apparently?

@bgprincipessa I had the exact same thought! The methodology of just taking the average length of the affair and multiplying by the average reported monthly cost is going to give you an artificially high average total cost if the monthly cost decreases as the length of the affair increases. Misleading use of statistics!

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm 0

On The Things You Own, Own You: Fitbit Edition

@Allison I love the sleep cycle smartphone app for the same reason. At first I thought the whole alarm timed to wake you up in your lightest sleep would cure me of the snooze button (nope), then I was really into the idea of tracking how before bed activities would affect my sleep (useless, since I refuse to believe the results unless they validate what I was expecting anyways.) Now, I pretty much just use it out of curiosity to see how long it takes me to fall asleep.

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm 0

On Can I Give You $1,000 and NOT Be a Bridesmaid?

@bgprincipessa Wait, I think of the MOH as being a subset of bridesmaid. Is that not correct? Why do I even care about this meaningless distinction?

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm 0

On Four (And One) Items I Regretted Wearing to My First Job

@A-M I'm so with you on the sheer thing. It's so, so aggravating to me. The style blogs I read always say to just wear a cami underneath, but I am not willing to do that for every single top I own! Especially not in the summer when all the bunchiness from the extra layer just really feels so frumpy.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

Friday: Resisted the urge to buy lunch and used up the last of my sandwich ingredients, of which I am very proud ($0). Had a delicious dinner cooked by friends (boyfriend paid for the bottle of wine we brought ($0). Went to a going-away party, and took an Uber back ($15.50) Saturday: $5 on a sandwich for lunch, and then $132 for my half of a wonderful dinner out with my boyfriend. This was an indulgence for sure, but so worth it - it was such a lovely evening. Sunday: $54 on groceries, $63 of new apartment stuff at Target/Bed Bath and Beyond, and then I FINALLY ordered plates and bowls and a cutting board online ($130.) I have been living in my new place for two whole weeks without these things, embarrassing. Total: $400. Moving is expensive, especially when your roommate had all the kitchen stuff . . .

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 10:46 am 0

On Being the Bert

@Liz the Lemur Yes! With my friends, this especially manifests itself with people never wanting to make concrete plans more than 24 hours in advance, and it drives me INSANE. I think it's mostly personality difference, but also the fact that a)I work late pretty frequently and b) used to live in an inconvenient part of the city. Advance notice greatly increases the probability I can attend. Now that I live closer I am trying really hard to "go with the flow", but it is still a pet peeve.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm 0