America, I commend your braverism. This stuff looks so complicated! My health care is $64/month, and my office covers it for me. I needed an MRI a couple years ago and paid NOTHING. Sure, I had to wait a little while and go at like 10:30pm but it wasn't an URGENT matter and I said that I didn't mind a late appointment. Yay Canada!
@DarlingMagpie I just saw this now! But Mom, I tried it and it just doesn't taste the same! (You are, however, correct that it ends up being a depressing amount of money per year)
100% here for the title. And then Little Women in the first line? You're killing me, Smalls!
Within my group of good friends, we all give cheques for about $100 per person (so, $200 if it's a gift from a couple). People usually have really small registries because 1. they already live together and 2. occasionally a guest (usually older) will not be comfortable with giving money. But pretty much everyone wants/gives money, so there isn't really a stigma about it. No one has yet to actually ASK for the money on the invite (I feel like it's awkward), we just kind of let it circulate by word of mouth between friends knowing what other friends want. BUT! If someone was REALLY not able to give that much money, I can't imagine the bride & groom being upset the way lots of articles online have been showing lately. I'm sure they'd be more happy to have them share in their big day with a smaller (or even no) gift. Other things to factor in - giving less if you had to travel, giving more if you're in the wedding party. Background! My friends and I are all late twenties-early thirties, in Vancouver and working. We're not rich, but we're not starving students either, so $100/person is a bit painful but doable without living without electricity or whatever. We're also mostly Asian (all the girls, some of the guys) and some Caucasian people, which some people feel makes a difference. For example, the Asian weddings I've attended usually just have red envelopes from everyone. I usually only attend about 2 weddings like this per year - usually if I'm going with my family to a old family friend's wedding or something, I contribute WAY less. Frankly, I'm a bit surprised so many peers on here still have a registry! They're great if you need things for the home, though. I just realized that we usually give a tangible gift at the bridal shower and money at the wedding. Best of both worlds!
$2.05 for an extra large steeped tea, 2 sugars. It's practically a litre! Every weekday at Tim Hortons. Oh, the Canadian way :D But sometimes I wish I wanted cream just so I can ask for a double double.
I have nothing against Lulu but you COULD just get practically the same thing for way less at Costco. That stuff will last you five ever. Love you, Tuff Athletics! Never change....your prices (unless they go down).
@Worker Parasite Same here! When I'm in the US, I have to make a concerted effort to tell the other Canadians I'm with WHY tipping is a big deal over there! Glad to see it's not just me though - sweet sweet validation.
Would you feel differently about tipping if the minimum wage was different? Because in Vancouver, the standard minimum wage is $10.25 ($9 for a liquor server)and though the tip policy varies by restaurant (keep your own/keep your own and give some to the kitchen staff/communal pot that gets split up)it seems like servers here aren't working for the possible privilege of tips in the same way as in the US. Fellow Canucks! Am I right about the wage thing? I've never been a server, but I've known a few, I could have the facts wrong. I am wrong to tip 15% because I know wages aren't outrageously low? Personally, I didn't know about the whole US lower service wage thing until recently-ish. It seems so unfair, why put the onus on the customer like that?