@Logan Sachon "400 dollars I carefully earmarked twelve years ago then wrapped in a lavender bundle to homeless grandmothers!!! Then I made them ice cream sandwiches!"
I got a Visa gift card from my Grandma for $50 for my birthday; I ended up buying myself a stuffed plush t-rex to use up most of it. Also, it's a huge pain-in-the-ass, but if you change your card info on iTunes (I buy music, okay) to one of these you can end up using pretty much the whole thing, and if you're like me it'll take a while. That's how I bought myself a bunch of old Simpsons episodes to watch
@Pim Robert@facebook I suppose the only thing is that buying something with the intention of totally doing something with this later often means nothing gets done and the item is left taking up precious space in your 2 linear feet of closet, and you're out $5 that could have totally bought an iced coffee and a pastry.
@sensiblecardigan How about alternative purposes/spirits, like reusing instead of buying new or being able to find a work wardrobe on the cheap? And Deb, I've never gotten a Gap shirt for a dollar at a Gap.
@stuffisthings And yes, I am a dude. The goal is to cut down on the number of cigarettes I give away to strangers and/or be arrested for public weirdness.
@Koko Goldstein Oh man. In my desk right now: Cough Drops, 4 different varieties of dried fruit, two full changes of clothes, dry shampoo, underwear, forks, rubber gloves, sugar in the raw, boullion cubes, Geranium essential oil, rescue remedy, a hairbrush, a comb, and a spare pair of glasses. I could probably live at work for a week and be fine, but Tampons, nope.
@darklingplain A bird poops in your ear?
@krisisisipoo The writer's clearly not confident about the money coming through, and I think the dad would have offered it up readily before the six-digit debt if he believed it was a good idea or what the mom wanted. I feel confident my own parents wouldn't support me maxing out loans on top of a stipend so I could get a ph.d. in the most expensive city in America in a field where there are no jobs. And that's coming from an English B.A. with previous ph.d. dreams.
Jeez, you guys. Not every article on this website needs to talk in-depth about economic issues on a global scale. It’s about how people experience their money, and just because their experience is not your experience doesn’t mean you should flip out because they’re not in your shoes. She’s describing what changed, and saying that sometimes she does feel nostalgic for the times she had no money but also few obligations, and what on earth is wrong with that? Don’t be mad at someone for being in a different place than you are and trying to describe it to you. If you want your perspective told, then tell it - don’t get mad at her for not telling it for you. I’m sure the Billfold takes submissions.
@probs But that would have required putting on a bra! And leaving the house! I really enjoyed it. And I cried.