This was a great story. I agree it's so hard to get out of the conditioning not just to ask for what you want but for what you are entitled to receive. I recently spent like two hours agonizing about whether to submit a $35 cab receipt for a work-related trip, because while I know that my travel costs are supposed to be covered, it felt embarrassing and greedy to ask to be reimbursed for an amount like that.
I just want to give Logan some serious props for going to Target -- what is it, at least twice now? -- and not buying any stupid stuff in addition to the necessary stuff. This is one of my life goals and a 2012 New Year's resolution. I'm getting better, but they really need to stop putting those Pepperidge Farm goldfish next to the Diet Coke in the checkout lanes.
@quatsch The worst is when you spend too much money on fancy groceries without thinking through your calendar that week and end up eating out a bunch while your organic tomatoes go soft at home!
By punkahontas on What I’ve Spent Since My Boyfriend Told Me He Was Moving to Germany, Then Broke Up With Me
@Alex You deserve those pants!
By Lila Fowler on What I’ve Spent Since My Boyfriend Told Me He Was Moving to Germany, Then Broke Up With Me
My transPacific boyfriend dumped me yesterday. So far I have spent: -$15 on a doctor co-pay -$8 on a ticket to see The Five Year Engagement -$7 on beer and red velvet cupcakes from Trader Joes Those pants looks really nice. Solidarity, sister.
By Equestrienne on What I’ve Spent Since My Boyfriend Told Me He Was Moving to Germany, Then Broke Up With Me
So they make "riding pants" for bicyles?! Simply fascinating! Based on your preference in toilet paper alone, I predict you will be fine. Last time I got dumped, I ultimately decided adult ballet lessons were way more helpful than visiting the therapist, and decidedly less expensive. Keep on keeping busy!
@jacqueline Right? I would do this for a STRANGER.
Okay, maybe you didn't know the phone guy very well, but WHAT A DICK. If someone was really desperate I would do it.
YESSSSSS. Also there is a whole related scam (well it feels like a scam! But it's not!) where you have to review restaurants to get the miles for eating, for instance with the AAdvantage Dining Program. So you register any card (debit cards count) and then go use them at these restaurants and then they will harass you to go all Yelp on these restaurants (but not on Yelp) but that doesn't matter because you get the points anyway. (Though it should be noted that it's much easier to accumulate miles than points, but you can still convert points to goodness.) BUT BE WARNED, so much fine print, as in all these things: "Q. What happens to my benefit levels if I opt-out of emails? A. Once you opt-out of promotional emails, your benefit levels will immediately drop to our lowest level and you will be ineligible for most dining bonuses"
Try this in the grocery section with the non-perishables. In New York, I can buy a bar of Tom's of Maine soap for $2.99 at Fairway or $3.49 at Duane Reade. At Whole Foods, the same bar of soap costs--wait for it--$5.49. Whole Foods has some superior fresh goods but shopping there without comparing prices is a great way to waste money. Also, for the commenters seeking comparisons, it's important to compare apples to apples, which is what the author did (and what I did just now). Trader Joe's is impossible to do this with, as almost all their products are white-labeled; they *should* be almost universally cheaper as a result. Whether TJ's items are better or worse than the branded products you buy elsewhere is a more subjective decision. (In my house, for example, it's yes on the frozen dumplings and desserts, no on the Cheerios.)