On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

@LisaR Yep, fellow 4-digit holidays person with no regrets. Mostly due to a long list in my case. 1. Roughly $1100 2. $100 3. $15 4&5. Yes, per person budget but I always end up adding people so my total is a bit over what I expected. 6. All of it, why not take advantage of legal money laundering in the form of points? 7. If anything I want to buy people more! I seriously considered buying these really cute bow ties I found to use as gift bows but when I started adding it up it was really expensive.

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 12:24 am 0

On Dollar Guilt in the Land of the Collapsing Ruble

Wow, this takes me back. Especially the image of the woman in the fur coat.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:50 am 0

On Starting A New Job Right

I feel like I'm always talking about my union in my comments but - my union does this! HR does the health forms and stuff like that but on your first day you meet your steward and get a tour and all the really essential information like copy machines, mail room procedures, and tips on filing expenses. Then in your first month you go out to lunch with a small group. It is great!

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm 0

On Okay, So Where Should We Move to Get What We Want?

@garli I know a number of interracial couples and/or queer (and used to be in one) couples that absolutely do look at demographics of not just cities but neighborhoods within that city and even vacation destinations. If they think they will be THAT COUPLE then it is a no go and I don't blame them.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm 1

On Okay, So Where Should We Move to Get What We Want?

@MuffyStJohn Never ever.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: November 2014 Check-in

So belated! I'm paying off a PLUS loan my dad took out for me, hopefully in time for Christmas. 11/1: $1,434 12/1: $620 Moving in the right direction! I am determined to pay this off ASAP but I don't think I'll get the 'obligation satisfied' letter in time for Christmas. I guess I could take a screencap for my Dad? Also, is this a safe space to admit I've spent over $1,000 on gifts so far? About $750 for others, $250 for myself. I love holiday shopping. Too much.

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 11:27 am 0

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

@guenna77 I guess I should have used my therapy-honed skills when crafting my comment and stuck to I statements. Having Tgiving dinner in a home with homemade food is important to me. I find it more fun and intimate. Since you're approaching our comments in the least charitable way possible I guess that is how I'll approach your: Are you saying the location literally does not matter at all? That you are doing nothing at all to tailor the setting of your own Tgiving dinner to the tastes of yourself and your guests?

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm 1

On American Workers Want to Know When Their Workday Ends

@guenna77 Please tell me he makes a brillion dollars and/or has 1:1 comp time

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:09 am 0

On American Workers Want to Know When Their Workday Ends

@Christy Solidarity forever! Solidarity forever! Solidarity forever, for the union makes us strong!

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:08 am 0

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

@Christy Totally cheating/not ideal and sad. My family, with a few other families, ended up eating Thanksgiving dinner one year at a hotel because we got snowed in at a hockey tournament 100 miles from home (Minnesota!). It was a nice hotel and good food and it was clear my parents were really trying to make it ok but it sucked compared to home style Thanksgivings. It also opened me up to the idea that people don't always have large extended families and picturesque farms for their Thanksgivings. It was a little Too Real for 10 year old me.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:06 am 1