On My Spouse Confessed to $4,500 of Debt Right Before We Applied for a Mortgage

I was thinking it would be Amy, like Nick and Amy in Gone Girl...

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:01 am 1

On How to Stay Married: Splurge on the Honeymoon, Not the Open Bar

@Ester Bloom @ATF I have no immediate plans to be married, but when it happens, I would like my wedding to be fun. I have this theory that many people attend wedding receptions like teenagers/some adults attend church: because they're supposed to, because their friends might be there, because there might be food. (See how I used all forms of there/they're/their in that sentence??) So I would like for all the family and friends that have to be invited to enjoy it. I'll be investing in crowd funding science experiments and/or "build your own lego minifig stations". It's the only part of wedding planning I ever think about.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0

On Witchy Feelings About My Index Fund

I put mine in a Merrill Edge account and it is sort of linked to my bank of america but not enough that I see it every time I check out my bank account. I try really really hard not to think about it, and just treat it as my "in case something really really horrible happens" but when I read the news about stocks going down I do fret some, even though I really shouldn't be worrying about it. Mostly it triggers a "what if everything bad happens and I end up with 14 different horrific disorders and in poverty" feeling. Ugh.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm 0

On Would You Be More Likely to Freeze Your Eggs If It Were a Work Benefit?

I think I'd prefer for companies to set up quality day care on site. Then we could all commute together, nursing would be easier, and we'd save money. I can see freezing eggs but like others, I have real questions and it yiggs me out a little.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 11:14 am 2

On These Boots Are Made For Walking

Oh! Ester, you are such a wonderful writer. But I don't know what to do with those boots. Maybe ask more friends to chip in and buy a new pair? Put them in a trunk? Use the leather to make a bracelet/watch band/necklace? (Also, I'm very sorry about your panic attacks. I get them too, sometimes. We should start a Billfold support group/technique swap.)

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm 1

On Why Don't American Women Bike To Work?

I worked in Cambridge, MA for a while and had a co-worker who would bike in from New Hampshire, regardless of the weather. He said it took him about as long as it would to drive and he showered at work. Granted, he also nearly got hit by trucks many times, but so far, I think he's still alive...

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm 0

On Let's Enjoy Pictures of Men in Suits

Wait, can we discuss how much suits cost? How many most guys have? European or American style? Rent or buy a tuxedo? So very many delightful questions.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 11:26 am 0

On Cosmo Quiz! What's Your Workplace Personality?

Ugh, I strongly dislike the color test. I, at least, am different in different circumstances. Standing in line with someone, I can be "yellow". Talking with my little cousins? Green. Working on a project? Definitely a blue/red mix. I like Myers-briggs better, though it definitely has certain limitations.

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 11:32 am 0

On Coffee vs Diet Coke vs a Pure, Uncaffeinated Life

I don't drink coffee or Diet Coke, but I do buy those 24-pack-cans of seltzer water. They work out to be 18 - 19¢ each and I feel just fine about it. Plus my biceps get a good workout carrying them around!

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm 0

On How People Do Money: The High Holidays

Somehow, mentally, tithing feels easier. I'm LDS (Mormon), and I plan on taking 10% out of every paycheck and giving it to the church. It's not mandatory to attend Sunday meetings, but if you want to participate in certain ordinances you have to. In some ways, though, it's nice to be able to just check that commandment off my list. Loving my noisy neighbors and aggravating boss is a lot less black and white. Plus, like Ester said, I really do feel a sense of community and investment. Yay holidays!

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 9:43 pm 1