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Ahh wash & fold. I used to do this until I realized what a terrible job they do on the laundry... throwing in bras with jeans, lights and darks, I am really picky about laundry.
@OneTooManySpoons CVS has the best coupons program. You get coupons for stuff like makeup, toiletries, tissues, medication etc. The food coupons, I agree. It's rare that they are useful, they're usually a "Buy 2, get 50 cents off" deal, or totally processed food. In-store promotions are also usually a better deal, so just check your circular.
@redheaded&crazy A friend was just telling me how he does most of his shopping at the dollar store! I have to check this place out.
@readyornot I am in the same situation; most of my female peers are pretty money savy, but perhaps that's because we're all married less than 10 years? But all of the women in my family and my husband's family are completely in-the dark about their money. I find it maddening, like, what if he leaves you? Or what about when he dies? My mom cannot even operate an ATM. My sister's husband could literally clear out all their accounts tomorrow and she'd have no idea. I also still keep 2 accounts in my name for this exact reason, I had a co-worker who calls it her "divorce fund". Does it sound crass? Perhaps, but id rather be on stable footing if something were to happen to my marriage than to blindly trust that's all going to be OK.
@lalaland Yea the article is pretty bad, but in my totally unscientific sample of, the females in my family and in my husband's family, I am the only woman who does 50%, if not more than 50% of the financial work. My husband pays our taxes, and I do most everything else. He is not incompetent or in the dark about our finances, but I enjoy it more. I get so infuriated when I talk to my sister and she's like oh, I have no idea, my husband takes care of it. She literally does not know how much money they have and what they owe, etc. To not know where you stand financially and to assume that someone else is "taking care" of it for you is... maddening.
Ugh. I have had bosses that go both ways; super-restrictive and super-trusting. I found myself bending over backwards to do good work for my accomidating bosses, and trying to get out of as much as possible for the ones who were overly restrictive with the structure of my work day. Also, if you are the kind of manager who takes long lunches, does the "school run" in the morning and is thus late, leaves early, or "works" from home... don't be a dickbag and assume your employees don't notice. And no, it doesn't matter if you work late or on weekends - because they want the same flexibility you are giving yourself. Basically, treat your employees like people, you will be surprised at how much work they will do for you!
These fees are soo stupid. If you're seeing a concert in town, you can go directly to the box office to buy the tickets yourself, with no added fee! This is also true of things like sporting events... I waited in line for 2 hrs on opening day for baseball tickets for the season, because otherwise it would have been an additional $10 per ticket per game for processing fees.
@jfruh I think that's true. It took me about a year to find a "real" job after college... I was an Anthropology major.
@sventurata Yes. Food is probably my biggest luxury. I scrimp on everything else, so I always feel justified buying a block of $9 cheese, or vanilla bean pods, just cause. The latest manifestation of this is that I'm baking a lot, because I see it as an "affordable luxury" but its actually just expensive :(