I'm a grumblefish i guess and I like it when small-ish chains stay small-ish. Mostly because I think quality starts to seriously decline when a company has to manage 100-1000s of locations. But um, taco bell - I love taco bell and anytime I take a trip to the suburbs I stop at one (this is like once a month). Taco bell is not mexican food, it is its own taco bell category of food (I don't eat meat, so it's mostly bean and cheese things there - but I LOVE them).
@andnowlights dude, those chipotle burritos are like 2K calories a piece! you can have a few mc donalds meals for that
@peutetre It's too bad you can't speak to them directly. They should be more discrete with how often they're letting people stay and how many people are allowed to stay. when i was hosting, I had a minimum 5-night stay (which usually meant that i had folks staying for 3+ weeks) and the max number of people was 2.
I defaulted on my credit cards during college and spent the next 5 years painfully figuring out a way to get my credit above 500, and another 3-4 years getting it into the 600-700 range. It was terrible and hard and certainly not just a whimsical situation. Additionally, co-signing a lease isn't something everyone has the option to do, nor is it very smart for the co-signer. And honestly, not having the ability to independently rent an apartment was a huge part of me getting my shit/debt together. Basically this article makes it sound entirely too easy to just write off debt and frankly I haven't found it to work out that way.
Whole Foods accepts EBT/Snap/Food stamps. WIC ("Women, Infants and Children") is a program just for mothers and their kids that is for dairy products and 'supplemental foods' and is not accepted at every grocery store. https://origin.drupal.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/Snapshot-WIC-Children-WomenFoodPkgs.pdf
@snackspace Whole foods is opening in 7 of the dominicks, Marianos bought 11. I don't know if Marianos takes WIC, but I have used EBT (food stamps) at whole foods with no questions or raised eyebrows.
@shutthefrontdoor if you google search "market research 'your city'" you should find some top research firms - each site should have a spot to sign up to participate. Here's an example: https://www.adlerweiner.com/participate.html
I'm a fan of market research gigs. They pay well when you if you qualify/are in the right demographic. It's worth signing up with a few local market research companies to get a couple hundred bucks every few months. Obviously this is not fully sustainable, but it's helped me pay a phone/internet bill.
@Punk-assBookJockey I will say that living/staying in the houston burbs is a legit houston experience, however - staying in montrose or museum district or anywhere in the loop can really give you a better flavor of the city. but god yes donuts.
I spent most of my life in houston - sweaty mouth of a city and I love it so much. I could live on tex-mex and going to #'s every friday night.