On How Much More Are You Spending at the Grocery Store?

@LookUponMyWorks In the good old days (10 years ago or so) I could buy chicken leg quarters for 79c/lb! /nostalgia These days (confirms with flyers)whole chickens for $2/lb is about as good as you can get. I see the chicken leg quarters sometimes for $1.79. Pork chops on sale are $2/lb. That being said, I still shop the sales because regular price on those is about double.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:49 am 0

On How Much More Are You Spending at the Grocery Store?

Yup. I track my spending closely and my monthly grocery bill has gone from 150 per month to about 270 over the last 8 years. Some of that is inflation and some of it is buying more luxury product. But I used to buy most meat on sale for 99c/lb. These days that's very rare... Occasional picnic ham and entire pork legs.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:10 am 0

On Saving Money Vs. Earning Money

You can't frugal yourself out of poverty. But you can frugal yourself out of overspending. I would say that unless you track your spending it can be difficult sometimes to tell which situation you're in. Once when I was short of cash, I looked at my spending and realized I was averaging 200/month at the bookstore. Using the library solved that. But yes, I agree it's easier to take concrete action to save, if possible, than to earn.

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:31 am 0

On Time to Panic About Hazelnuts

@Meaghan O'Connell I'm not a fan of hazelnuts by themselves, but put into a pastry or confection and they become magical.

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm 0

On The Most Vain Thing I Have Ever Done Cost Me $96 And I Regret Nothing

Man, if there were stuff that could improve a guy's features like that, I would TOTALLY do it. (Except that I'm lazy and can't keep my eyebrows under control.)

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:14 pm 0

On A Modest Proposal to Reduce the Likelihood of Unjustified Shootings by Police

Unfortunately power corrupts and attracts the corruptible. And police have a lot of power. I feel like it is mandatory for the police force to be representative of the community, and I don't care if quotas and competence have to be imposed/sacrificed to do it. Having a predominantly white police force in a black community is bound to lead to us-vs-them. Half should be women, some should be queer, racial minorities in proportion to the population. Partner them up diversely and spend time with each partner's community.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm 0

On Who Benefits When Mike Dang Dies? Chatting About Life Insurance

@Meaghano Argh stupid touch keyboard!

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 7:35 pm 0

On Who Benefits When Mike Dang Dies? Chatting About Life Insurance

OMG Ester/Meaghan make sure you/partner have sufficient life insurance! I don't have any myself, but I have no defendants.

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm 0

On Link Round-up! Cheap Hotel Rooms, Egg Sandwiches, Commutes

Around here, bagels that get turned into sandwiches DESERVE bacon. Great bagels are just eaten out of the paper bag.

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm 0

On The Humanities Grad (A Poem)

Heh, so I fell into CompSci (my orientation, since I didn't specify, was full of would-be kinesiology students... HELL NO/flip desperately through curriculum). But all my electives were Humanities for 2 reasons: they were easier (for a strong reader and writer) and they were worth more credits. When I discovered I was 6 credits short of graduating in my final year, I enrolled in two 9-credit lit courses instead of 9x3-credit science courses. (The math works out because only 6 credits were extra... the rest were part of the regular course load.) One can easily read lit on the commute... it's a lot harder to do math homework. And while the readings weren't what I would choose for fun, I really enjoyed the majority of them - excepting the philosophers and psychologists.

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm 0