@Marissa *nearly, not neatly. But I guess it's pretty neat that I found myself with a decrease at a time when the rental market has gone berserk.
31% on rent (which actually includes utilities but not the monthly housecleaning). I just moved to a cheaper spot and am somehow paying neatly $200 less per month, factoring in old rent and utilities. I do have two roommates, but the space (big! loft! somewhat historical building!) and location (central! easy access to public transportation! great neighborhood restaurants!) are so fantastic and I feel lucky to live here. I'm 28, I work for a non-profit and live in expensive San Francisco, so I feel like I'm doing okay at this moment.
@questingbeast He had a standing drink order at the opera. Not even worth it for five shows!
If motherhood was something I wanted for myself, obviously I'm sure the costs and sacrifices associated it would be completely worth it. But it's not something I want, so I do enjoy the fact that I can use potential college fund money on travel and such. Perhaps, though, we should put a moratorium on the phrase "having it all". It always seems to cause trouble!
Does anyone feel like it’s easier to save/hoard money the more you have? Some months, I’m a little over or at least too close to my budget and I think “Oh well. I’ll do better next month. Let’s go buy some fancy cheese!”* But months like this one where I find myself with a surplus even after depositing my tax returns directly into savings, I feel like I’m on such a roll that I become extra careful about spending. Anyone else? *Because honestly, a good portion of my fun money goes toward brie and chevre.
I'm excited to see this piece here because it's one of my New Year's resolutions. I'm only allowing myself to replace my basic black flats if they blow out (I live in a city and walk almost everywhere--shoes are like my tires), and a pair of jeans when the pair I currently have on finally unravels. I did pick up a few great things at a clothing swap last month which felt like shopping but without spending money. I think I used to go shopping if I was bored or had a week where I thought I had nothing to wear. After a massive closet purge, however, I realized that when I thought I didn't have anything to wear, I actually had *too much* to wear. So many options made it so hard to settle on an outfit. So far so good! No sudden urges to pop into H&M.
@josefinastrummer I'm single and childless and didn't find this piece insulting in the slightest. This is Logan's personal story.
Off-topic: this is not the first screencap I've seen from Broken English on The Billfold. Logan, I am highly suspicious that you are a fan of this little movie (I love it too).
@cuminafterall I love the music gifts for the baby!
@aeroaeroaero Elaine Benes is my spirit animal.