On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

@HelloTheFuture I was gift wrapped the roll of tape I was using to wrap the present with. So…yeah, maybe I shouldn't give handmade presents, actually. Unless they were of the "infused liquor" variety or something similarly non-crafty.

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm 0

On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

1. How much did you spend on presents this year? $167 2. How much did your most expensive gift cost? $59 3. How about the least expensive gift? $23 (or, a $9 book in a present that also included a more expensive shirt) 4. Did you make a budget before you began shopping for presents? No u__u 5. If yes to #4, did you stay within your budget? n/a 6. Did you put any presents on a (gasp!) credit card. Yes, but I pay off the balance every month. I used the points from my Discover card to buy most of my Dad's gift. 7. Do you feel like you spent “the right amount” on presents this year? I always feel like I could've spent less if I handmade some gifts. My parents do give me some money for living expenses, so it's always weird using money to buy them gifts. I suspect that they'd be just as happy with less expensive but more thoughtful gifts? Idk.

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm 1

On Okay, So Where Should We Move to Get What We Want?

I thought that the Simpsons were supposed to live in Oregon?

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm 0

On The Search for an Unpillable Sweater

@JNC Musings Factory I still have a cotton Gap sweater from 2001-ish that I wear regularly and it's in amazing shape. I don't think their clothes were unilaterally better back in the day; I think, as you suggest, that sometimes they come out with individual sweaters that are just awesome.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 11:29 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I have a housewarming to attend on Saturday, so $15-20 for a bottle of wine. I'll budget another $20 for miscellaneous expenses I might incur throughout the weekend. I ordered groceries through Freshdirect but I always end up forgetting something, or their inventory doesn't include something I need. In this case it's a gigantic family-sized tub of Bustelo coffee, which I serve to guests (my regular hand-grind-beans-French-press routine is too time-consuming for large groups). I also might buy some Greek grocery snacks and some farmer's market produce.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 11:06 am 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: November 2014 Check-in

This time last month I had $300 less in my emergency fund. I'm going to be at my goal of 3 months' rent by January, which is pretty exciting! I'm overlooking the fact that it's not 3 months' living expenses, because that seemed much harder. The ultimate goal is 6 months' living expenses, but I'm on a 2-3-year plan for that. In January I might scale back my (already small) savings for a month so I can go on a relatively inexpensive vacation. I think I can afford the cost using just my income.

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 6:22 pm 2

On Places I've Lived: Paris, St. Louis, NYC

funny story (funny, is that the word I want to use?), I know two friends who moved out of your east village building august 2013 because of a massive tiny-roach infestation. Wonder if you moved into their apartment!

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 10:50 am 0

On On Safety Nets vs. Spending Now

I've put off traveling in hopes of growing an emergency fund. But recently I realized that it will be much more difficult to travel like I did at 23 when I'm 33, which is a bit scary...

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 10:40 am 0

On WWYD: Bring Bottles In Yourself Or Leave Them for the Less Fortunate

I used to package up the bottles and leave them hanging on the fence when I lived in a two-unit building with a fence out front (where the garbage cans were). Now I live in a 15-unit place with a "garbage alley" so I follow the rules.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm 0

On For Whom Is The New York Times?

Affluent with…uh…cultural capital?

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm 0