If you feel like you need to hold on to your money a little tighter you can always give your time to causes you care about.
It is SO nice in my corner of So Cal today. I hope you are going somewhere equally as nice. It was hard to come back inside after lunch. My one thing is to email an electrician and get some quotes for recessed lighting in my living room. It's one of my ideas for tax refund money.
@KJZ Ugh, I hate her for you. And her mom.
@HelloTheFuture Landlords and banks could pull it in the 90's for sure. As a teen (in the 90's) my dad was obsessed with me having a good credit score.
@norawallis I used to do that all the time when I was in grad school going to conferences. I still do on work travel - our local airport is tiny and flights get moved around all the time so it's always plausible. They're already the airlines that fly in here so that's nice. I took about 4 free trips to Cancun that way. I also bought my dad a last minute ticket to his sister's funeral when he couldn't afford it on his own thanks to vouchers.
@BillfoldMonkey I know dude, I read about that and yeah. Not painting a pretty picture. The best part is that it's still only 85% affordable.
CALIFORNIA: Kettleman City 85.9% of homes are affordable. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco lies Kettleman City, a farm town known for its proximity to oil hotspot Kettleman Hills. The community also sits close to the California Aqueduct and the controversial Kettleman Hills Hazardous Waste Facility. I have passed through there. I do not want to live or stop there. Wikipedia confirmed that it's where two freeways meet in the middle of the state with not much else visually around so I've always wondered while getting gas what there is to do in that town.
I don't think there's a lot of people with high incomes living in Maine, there's a lot of people with high incomes with vacation houses in the pretty towns.
@SnarlFurillo That's why my husband and I have it. Who wants to pay that with one income? Or if anything pay down the principal for a lower monthly payment for who ever lives.
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@JaneA So we can all write off work induced happy hours? I'm in.