Hmm, you can get a "mini" fridge (not a small drinks fridge) with a separated freezer compartment (like a "regular" fridge) from my local Home Depot for $200-300. If your landlord really wanted to save money, a used fridge is probably easy to find, especially in a big city. We're lucky in that we have a decent landlord, but we don't live in paradise either, and I think you're absolutely in the right to ask for a fridge. You should have a separated freezer section and it should work! No crosses. Let us know how it goes. If you feel intimidated, remember the internet supports you!
For some reason, I saw a Nazi salute there :| SORRY
@garli Do you prefer the paper filter to the reusable steel mesh one? I'm looking into getting one ... just interested in a few opinions. (I'm also Googling it!)
@TrotskyHoldsMyiPod Although I don't doubt that gender probably matters for others, I'd think a "tool storage box" worth $1000 or $500 (I don't know much about these but I do know they can get weirdly pricey) would be equally frivolous. If you spent a LOT of time working with your tools, maybe eventually this would be a practical yet also luxurious purchase. But like with wine, I'd think, "Can't you just store them in boxes for now?" Is it really worth $2000 to get a hutch now instead of two years down the road, even if it's a quality piece of furniture you'll never need to replace? All the same, I'd add to my original comment by saying it's her money too (forgetting the $2000 requested is less than half of the $5000 extra). It's not fair to the wife to make her wait to spend HER money ... or at the very least, his money that they've agreed to share. They can't be equals just most of the time until it benefits him. He's certainly entitled to ask if she'd agree to forego her spending in order to save, essentially, both of them money, but she's not obligated because it isn't her loan! Anyway, I'll be less snarky about the term "wine hutch" and agree that they can compromise on this.
It is a stunning account. After reading it, I was almost too afraid to keep wanting to see the movie. I highly recommend everyone read it.
I don't know why I was so confused by this scenario ... then I realized my BF and I don't have shared incomes. On one hand, if it's your loan, maybe you should pay it off yourself. On the other, if you've pooled your money as a couple, it's in everyone's best interests to make sure everyone has their debts paid off/managed and can be the best contributors they can be. I can't get over the idea of the wine hutch. I think for this advice to be more useful to more people, maybe a less silly idea needs to be presented. Or maybe the silliness is the point (you are led to think the other person's desires are frivolous)? But yeah, "wine hutch."
Ummm. This is pretty gross. I feel bad for you and your "dad." (WAH)
Is a CSA like buying groceries online? You don't really get an absolute guarantee how everything is ... I suppose it's always better than the grocery store in that it's fresh and good, but you don't get to check it before.
Uh, I guess, OK? I think overall, we're pretty good. It's relatively safe, clean, mobile, and diverse here. It depends on who you are, obviously. If you live here in Toronto, there's a good likelihood you think the housing market sucks (too expensive, although not as expensive as Vancouver), air could be better (in the summer), and the transit could be MUCH, MUCH better. Our system suffers from a dire lack of government funding and is really showing its seams, especially outside of the downtown area. We pay some of highest fares compared to other Canadian and American cities. I pay about $135 a month for an all-you-can-ride pass. No, the mayor smoking crack hasn't really affected my quality of life.
Hmm, that rather sounds like the Cantonese for "come here" ... not quite "come back." I guess it also means both!