I visited Portland ME for a wedding last summer and loved it so much. I'm sure this is a stock response, but I'm not sure about the winters, though.
Perpetually, slowly growing my emergency fund. Seems like it's taking forever… Sept: $2275 Oct: $2571 ($250/month plus some money from my "Keep the Change" match) My goal is almost $7k (hahaha ugh) but my Mint goal is $3375, which I should hit by January.
I almost always bring my lunch, so when I accidentally forget it, buying lunch feels like a treat. That's why I'm always so flummoxed by how BAD some of these lunch joints are. I feel like if I pay $8 for a sandwich it probably should be really delicious, and stuff like those pre-made Pret falafel sandwiches just aren't. They taste like nothing.
I'm pretty sure I have no direct heat in my basement apartment--just residual heat from the pipes that snake all around my kitchen and bedroom. That's why it's always cold as hell. And probably illegal! Whatever.
@Ester Bloom Seems cheap! Based on my limited knowledge, which includes the fact that my friend's father pays $26k/year on his extremely modest split-level in Bergen County.
I'd really like to stay in that woman's house in Detroit, if she's AirBnB-ing it. Living in NYC, I've heard a LOT of Detroit romanticizing lately. When I first got here in 2006 I felt like when I went to parties it was "moving to Berlin." Now it's "moving to Detroit." I'm curious about the city, myself, and it'd be cheaper to visit than Berlin...
Wow, that Kentucky house! Wonder what the property taxes are like there.
I bought a pair of $140 Club Monaco pants when I got my first promotion, egged on by a friend of mine. They are very nice pants--I wore them to several important presentations--but first they fell off a hanger and her cat kneaded them, and then I lost some weight and they don't fit (and it would be a hell of a tailoring job to alter them). Still, I don't entirely regret the purchase, since I'd never owned "nice" pants to wear to important business occasions.
THE BOX! THE BOX!