"I don’t know how to remember something without writing it down anymore." This sounds a bit concerning, but also a bit appealing.
Jay Gatsby :( I'm 26 now. Honestly, I have no clue what I'll be like at 30. I thought I had "figured myself out" at 22, and 4 years later I look back and wonder who that person really was. Sure, he is still a part of me and I him, but years are long and everything is changing. That's life, right? A long series of transformations that can chew us up and spit us out or hold us and nourish us. Or perhaps it's really a bit of both at the same time.
I used to take Megabus and Boltbus a lot from DC, to either Philadelphia or New York. After a few years I too decided that the savings weren't worth it. I take Amtrak now when I can find lower cost tickets, although sometimes Amtrak's prices are just 2 damn high.
On Rural Living
Dang, I'm seriously just working right now to save up for a place in the country. And by that I mean a place to live for the rest of my life. I was born in rural Kentucky, but my parents moved me to a suburb in the Northeast when I was still really little. Ever since I've been trying to get back to the country.
(girl, don't spend)
I mostly pick up books from the library, although I have been known to slink away from used bookstores with quite the (heavy) haul. Occasionally I'll splurge on a newer book at Barnes & Noble (my mom sends me her member coupons) or a local indie store. If I'm buying a newer book, I also tend to wait for the paperback edition. My "to-read" list on Goodreads just keeps getting longer and longer. Not enough time in the world to read all the good, worthy books out there!
This has given me a lot to think about. Thanks.
That parent comment. I had the same realization earlier this year, and boy, was it a punch to the stomach. (They are very good at hiding or, more often, ignoring financial issues.) Honestly, I don't know where I'd be in terms of personal finance without the internet.
I think a cake is a nice tradition, but who says it has to be a $3,000 cake? I.e. a Sweet Tradition does not have to be a Ridiculous Expense. Then again, maybe I just want to have my cake and eat it too (haha!)
@thejacqueline Yeah, but what percentage of that $10 is actually going toward the wages of the people making the sandwiches? This is an actual question, because I don't know. I've worked in many different types of retail, which is somewhat analogous, and someone somewhere was taking home the vast profit on the marked-up merchandise we sold. Not us workers, that's for sure.