Ugh. I kind of already knew this was happening, but it's still depressing to look at in chart form. Informative though!
I wholeheartedly agree with this! Neither my husband nor I have a smart phone, and it is awesome. Sometimes I forget that my phone even exists (though I suppose this could be, in part, because I don't have that many friends, heh). But the BEST part is that our combined cell phone bill every month is only like $80. Ha. I scoff at you, data plans!!
I love love LOVE Wes Anderson movies. I just do. Especially The Royal Tenenbaums. Sigh! It's such an amazing combination of funny and sad and clever and sweet. I just can't get enough. I'm super excited to see this movie!!! I don't think it opens in my town for a few more weeks though? Anyway, I just wanted to say that. Also, the Truffaut thing, I read about that on Slate... is that where you guys read it too?
In regard to the part about not going to the emergency room unless it's really an emergency: It might depend on the particular clinics available and/or the area you live in. A couple years ago, after feeling sick for weeks, I went to several clinics, none of which diagnosed me properly, before finally giving in and going to the emergency room. Though it was 3 times as expensive, the doctor there noticed symptoms that none of the other doctors had, and provided an accurate diagnosis and the proper treatment. So maybe sometimes you get what you pay for?
I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of this article. We just got a pup last fall, and I must say, it's crazy how the costs add up! We decided to do our own grooming to save some money, and, though she looks ridiculous, it's totally worth it (especially since she's a hairier breed and needs grooming more often). Also, on a side note (awkward segue?), I'm pretty sure we went to middle/high school together! In fact, I think I sat next to you in 7th grade science, heh.
Ah, but he is darling and totally worth it! :)