@Michelle LeBlanc@twitter I use reusable grocery bags but sometimes I forget to bring them in so I end up with plastic bags anyway. I loop the handles over the gearshift in my car and use them as trash receptacles.
@Catherine Doran@twitter That's true, his problems are real. But it's hard to even read about someone talking about their problems when your problems are so much harder. It's like a 120-pound woman complaining to her obese friend about not fitting into last year's bikini. There's a huge disconnect between the "haves" and the "have-nots", and when you're in the latter group it's painful to be reminded of it.
@chic noir TRUTH. Good analogy. I would feel rich if I had a 2-3 month cushion. I consider things like new bras and meat to be luxuries. Spending any money on entertainment or dining out feels extravagant. And I have a college education and am working in my field. Granted, I'm grossly underpaid for my skills and education, but I'm still making a little more than twice the minimum wage. If it's this hard for me to get by, I honestly don't know how people who make minimum wage can do it. Things need to change. But I digress. I don't want to read about how well-off people manage their money. I want to know how people like me, living paycheck-to-paycheck, manage their money. If I made as much money as this guy I wouldn't have most of the problems and stress I have now.
@laluchita YES OMG ALL OF THIS. I honestly relate to at least 95% of this.
@leafyseadragon You are not dumb and clumsy. Pulling yourself up from a dysfunctional childhood is extremely difficult. You said you're struggling, but that's a good thing because it means you're trying. Fighting to climb out of it rather than blindly accepting it shows me that you are indeed smart.
@Fig. 1 I was just trying to figure out how but couldn't find the link! Turns out it's under the reply box and not on top of the page like the other Awl family sites.
One time I was unloading groceries into my car and saw a toothbrush lying in the bottom of the cart. I'd forgot to put it on the belt, and thus had not paid for it. I went back inside and paid for it. <--huge dork
@Harriet Welch I agree. I think it's a lot like smoking; if your parents are smokers you might smoke because you learned it from them, or you might hate it and be adamantly against it your entire life. The same could be said about a lot of things: abusiveness, religion, vegetarianism, jazz music....
@jen325 I'm a graphic designer at a print shop. As such, I encounter misspellings of "stationery" ALL THE TIME. We also get a lot of orders for bisness cards, envelops, lables, and calenders. *headdesk*
@ThatWench "I figure buying things so my other things have a place to live doesn't count as buying things?" I say that all the time, which is why I avoid the Container Store like the plague. I go nuts in there.