@Soozy Rios Bellenot@facebook I'm pretty sure the last time I got a haircut was December 2010.
@Harriet Welch Sharepin! Basically freecycle for 'pinners. Usually whoever claims it will give you their mailing address, then you tell them what it cost to send to them and they paypal you shipping money (some very nice people don't even ask for shipping money back!). So basically you get rid of stuff you don't want, or you get great stuff for only a couple bucks. Or you do both, if you're like me!
@Megano! OMG please can we do this (by which I mean: you write it, I enjoy reading it)?
@Megano! srsly, Sharepin those aprons, I will take at LEAST one off your hands! (But I would probably spray it with that weathering/waterproofing stuff before actually using it to cook)
@redheaded&crazy Literally the only item I have ever purchased from Anthropologie was a drawer pull/knob for like $12. It was not too long after we moved in, and the front hallway closet had this disgusting bone-colored plastic doorknob that was half-painted-over (with white paint!) and I hated looking at it. So this is something I consider to be worth my money and a decent purchase. (Also obviously I covet their duvets, all of the solid-colored gathered/ruffly duvets.)
@mangosara Not to mention the fact that she was pursuing this same job path for 3 years in Seattle, but was unable to find anything, so moved to an area with a larger market/more jobs, even though that meant more applicants as well.
Dear Mike Dang, What do you do when your SO had SNAP benefits, so you applied with him when his renewal came up, because you made like $8k last year, and then the government decides that you--as a two-person household rather than a single individual--deserve LESS money than the SO was getting before on his own?
@Dont Move to Finland The way it works now, you shouldn't have to go to an actual office more than once every 6-12 months for SSDI/SSI/SNAP. They just automatically load the food stamp funds onto what is essentially a debit card every month, and direct deposit or mail checks for social security.
@Poppy We had to drive across state (~300 miles) for a very dear friend's wedding, which we would never want to have missed. Plane/train would have been cheaper, but with local transportation/car rental factored in, it was cheaper to but 650 miles' worth of gas. We could barely afford to do it, even though the hotel was relatively cheap. I couldn't even work up the courage to ask the bride if she knew anyone whose place we could crash at, even though that could have potentially saved us a ton of money. In retrospect, we should have asked. Anyways, my point is, I think asking for general assistance is fine, or sort of hinting like "well, unless I get a fairy godmother soon, I'm not going to be able to afford it." But I do agree that outright asking puts the couple in a very uncomfortable position/possibly strains the relationship between the friend and the couple.
@Koko Goldstein I have a non-car-related emergency kit in my car, since I just drive to different places all the time to make money and don't have an "office" or anything remotely close to one. My kit contains: deodorant hair ties/clips plastic utensils/single-use chopsticks napkins straws a couple of those ready-to-eat tuna and cracker pack things lotion SPF 15 mini can of wd-40 container of baby wipes for the inevitable car spill/touching gross things tide to go pen gum, and... a discreet makeup bag filled with tampons, liners, and a couple single-use baby wipes. BAM. PREPARED. But? I maybe get my period three times a year, so perhaps this is not as relevant to my life as to others'. Also, I never bring the kit inside with me when I go places, so then I'd have to go back to the car to get it, which is not always an option.