On Friday Open Thread: I Didn't Yet Know About These Moneysavers

@guenna77 - Huh. When CVS was my main grocery store, I often found spices to be the same or more than the grocery store. But that is probably the difference between a downtown Boston drugstore and Market Basket. I would say you should buy your spices in the ethnic section of your grocery store. It's like a $5 difference for the same spices.

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Tonight is the beer and cheese fest. I will sample beers and cheese. I AM SO EXCITED. Tickets were bought back in December, so entry is taken care of. Will probably spend $15-$20 on some actual food at some point. Tomorrow: taking LS to get a pedicure with me ($70 with tip for the two of us?) and then going to my brother's house for family dinner as I have not seen my siblings since Christmas. THANKS, Snowpocaplypse! Dinner should cost $20? I think we plan to do takeout of some sort. Sunday: brunch day with my friends. It was supposed to be a few weeks ago but naturally it got postponed due to blizzard number eleventy of the season. We're starting at Nubar because I have a gift certificate there. I'm not actually sure what the day will wind up costing me. I'll estimate $50 in case the day extends all the way to getting dinner like it did last time. So all and all, should be able to keep it to around $150.

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 9:22 am 0

On Billfold Housing Survey Results: Are You a Millennial?

@Katni - There was a thing recently somewhere that described those of us born in the late 70s to about 1982 as some sort of a gap generation. And I think that makes sense. I was born in 1979 and I do think of people about 5-10yrs older than me as Gen-X, while I wouldn't quite consider myself that. Grunge and hip-hop were my middle school and high school years, not my college and young adulthood years. But I definitely came of age in a different time than people 5-6yrs younger than me based on the influence of teh internets in our lives. So I think it makes sense to think of us a small gap generation.

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:54 pm 1

On How Much Allowance Money Should You Give Your Children?

I never had an allowance as a kid. My parents just kind of gave us money when we needed things. Like if I wanted to go to the movies with friends, all I ever really needed to do was ask and they'd give me the money. And they were very clear they would never give us money to help clean around the house - we lived there, we helped make the mess, they were damn sure we were going to help clean the mess. The only way we could earn money from them was for good grades on report cards because school was our job. A grades got the most, B grades also got good money, C grades got nothing. Ds and Fs would've probably gotten us murdered. We could also do age appropriate jobs and keep the money we earned from that. I had a steady baby sitting gig, my brother had a paper route, etc. I don't know what my sister did but I'm sure she also had ways to earn money. I think this is what I'll do with my kids, if/when I have them. The take home lesson was basically if you want more money, you're going to have to work for it beyond the basic things you have to do anyhow (ie cleaning and making a C average). The three of us all have a solid sense of finances.

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm 3

On Billfold Housing Survey Results: Where Do You Live?

I picked the rent is too damn high because it fits best. We pay $2500 a month in rent, which is absurd but only about 26% of our take home pay. And the equaling of 26% of our take home is a relatively recent development. For a large part of my adult life, rent has equaled as much as 50% of my take home pay. But this is why I'm nearly 36 and I don't own yet, nor do I have enough saved up for a down payment. We finally make enough to save a lot but it took a long time to get here.

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 12:21 pm 0

On Work Memoirs!

Oh, I looooooved Garlic and Sapphires. One of my favorite books.

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 11:08 am 1

On Friday Estimate

@PicNic - I can't even with this weather anymore. I have it good in that I can walk to work (1.3 miles) and usually do. But they stopped shoveling the Mass Ave Bridge and it's just so cold and I LOST IT last night when I finally got home. This has to end. And yes, if anyone dares suggest we're being wimps, I will probably kick them in the shins. It's an actual disaster out there.

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 10:08 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@PicNic - I am excited to try them out. I love waffles and I love chocolate.

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 10:03 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@CMD+click & @LookUponMyWorks - we'd been doing pretty good running outside until the second to last blizzard (the one the Monday before President's Day). It was slow but the Esplanade was clear enough near us that we'd worked out a good 3-mile loop from our apartment to BU on sidewalks, then down the Esplanade to a footbridge, and then back to our apartment on the sidewalks. But after the storm on the 9th, the snow officially won and the DCR stopped plowing so well. It's just an icy, slippery mess and it's been so, so, so cold. Sigh. The only thing getting me through this latest subzero freeze is the calendar. It's finally almost March.

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 10:02 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@LookUponMyWorks - I will volunteer to go with you.

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 9:31 am 1