On Screwing Myself With The Credit Card I Swore I'd Pay Off Every Month

This article makes me sad, because it's not even about money. It's about somebody forgetting to fulfill an obligation and then acting like the victim about it. Some of the comments above may be stated in an incendiary way but I agree with the heart of the complaints; this site has done better but does feel like it's phoning in a lot of its posts lately. It's not cute to be irresponsible with money, neither is it cute to frame it in an everything's-so-ironic-I-can't-be-bothered-to-actually-care hipster way. At least understand that being irresponsible is what caused the problem, not the "evil" company that made you act irresponsibly.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm 1

On How Wizards Do Money: Neville Longbottom

No no no no NOOOOOOOOO! I enjoyed the other fictional money profiles but Harry Potter must remain canon! La la la I can't hear you.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm 1

On The Burrower, Part II

I find this series fascinating in a morbid way, but I just do not understand it at all.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm 3

On How Muppets Do Money: Oscar

Gaaaack! Oscar gives me stress. Pay off your credit carrrrrds! Though I suppose if he's already living in a trash can, maybe he doesn't have much farther to fall...

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm 1

On Dealing With Telemarketers (Using Advice From a Telemarketer)

I don't answer the phone from unknown numbers either. If it's important, they'll leave a message. Since I have found that ignoring calls does get me called repeatedly, I use my cell phone's reject function so that it doesn't even ring when they call, just auto-rejects. I can see later that there was a call, but it doesn't annoy me the way that the constant calling used to.

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm 0

On The Cost of a Road Trip

Props to you for doing this (I guess?) but this trip sounds like my idea of a nightmare. I would have taken the adulthood and been done with it.

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm 4

On Now What? How Answering This Question Lead Us to Changing Everything (Part II)

@WayDownSouth It's not strictly a quota, in that shows don't explicitly HAVE to employ a certain number of men/women/minorities/etc. Many times these writers rooms ARE very, very white and very, very male. But as with so many cases, diversity is a data point that employers love to toot their own horn about, so there is a certain amount of conscious effort into trying to get other candidates in the door. This is, however, a double-edged sword -- I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "I tried to get you a meeting with this show but they already have a woman on staff" or "They just hired an Asian last year so your chances aren't great." Like they've done their duty and now that obligation has been met. I have never felt more like a token minority than I have in Hollywood, that's for sure. Some shows will look favorably on having a studio program pay the diversity candidate's salary (making it a "free" hire for the show), and other shows will look down on that as being a duty hire, like having an undesirable employee foisted upon you that you just have to live with. There are a lot of good and bad things that come with the territory, but at the end of the day I guess I'd rather the programs exist than not.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm 2

On Now What? How Answering This Question Lead Us to Changing Everything (Part II)

@WayDownSouth I don't think this writing team is trying to take unfair advantage of the system. I think the TV industry is better for having these diversity programs in the first place, and it would be much more unfair to deny them a chance to be part of one because half the team is white than to include them because half the team is a minority. By the way, not that it should make a difference, but I am an Asian woman who has taken part in two of these programs myself. Yes, the industry is overwhelmingly white and male, but I have no problem with a team of this nature taking a coveted slot in one of the programs -- granted, of course, that they got in on the basis of being kickass writers with awesome spec material.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm 0

On Now What? How Answering This Question Lead Us to Changing Everything (Part II)

@um I think you're being a little harsh here. In TV writing, a team is treated as one entity -- so the salary that one writer would get paid, a team has to split. They take up one "slot" in a writing room, not two. So a team where one member is a minority does qualify for diversity programs. Think of it more like one person being biracial -- you couldn't tell a half-white, half-Asian woman that her whiteness invalidated her Asianness, could you?

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm 0

On Living Without Credit Cards

I totally understand that people want to be responsible with their money and only spend what they have in the bank, but I also find it super condescending and also counterproductive to get up on a high horse about how using cash is the ONLY good way to buy things. First of all, using your debit card for day-to-day purchases can carry risks too, and when you find your card stolen or are in a dispute over a bad purchase, you're stuck in ways that you wouldn't be with a credit card, which offers protections and allows chargebacks. I've had friends who've been overcharged mistakenly for purchases on debit (decimal point shifted over a place), which overdrew their bank account, accrued bank fees, and made them broke for weeks until the charge could be reversed. So when I have the choice I use my credit card, get rewards points, and buy myself "free" ebooks on Amazon with those points as a treat every few months. I use my credit card all the time and I'm incredibly responsible about it, and having good credit has benefited my life more than having no credit. I realize this doesn't work for everyone. But there's no point in sneering at someone who chooses to use their money differently.

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm 2