I bought a dress from a big wedding shop 8 months before my wedding and when it arrived 2 months before my wedding, I tried it on and I HATED IT. like it made me so mad just to look at it. I ended up buying a dress I loved from Modcloth for a fraction of the price of the first one. It was so much better for me on so many levels - and I was able to sell the first dress on ebay a few months later (I lost a little - but that's fine). frankly i would recommend buying second-hand or rent-the-runway or one of the many sites out there that will buy your old dress and let you buy another one: http://racked.com/archives/2013/06/12/where-to-resale-your-wedding-dress.php
See also: Austin Tx
My peugeot mixtie bike has lasted me 10 years at this point. it's an amazing ride and I throw money at it when needed because it's such a great bike. For what it's worth, in any major city there's no way you could have gotten a tuned-up peugeot on CL for less than $300.
I often think of expensive things as cost-per-use. If I buy a $3600 quilted chanel bag and I use it once a month for the rest of my life, the cost-per-use is nearly nothing. And a Chanel bag would last that long, whereas a $50 gap bag will not.
I hope this author learns to do a better job interviewing next time around. The interview process is the time to get information like daily tasks and a good sense of work environment. This could have all likely been avoided if author had really done his homework and interviewed them. It goes both ways. And author - if you want to update social media account for companies, the field you want is PR
I have probably spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $2K for my ink over 10 years. I have 2 big (about hand-size) pieces - one of which is part of an in-progress half-sleeve. I thankfully was sort of "grandfathered in" with my tattoo artist, who basically doesn't even take new clients unless she's traveling. She charges a drawing fee now, which she didn't before and her rates are in the $200/hr range, but also she's great about adding extra time to long-term clients. I also buy actual art too, which might be a topic worth discussing at some point. It helps to be friends with a lot of artists, but there is probably close to $30K worth of art in my house.
splitwise saved me and my partner when we first started cohabitating. It's a great app and we have a section for rent and bills and a section for all other shit (dinners out, target, home depot, etc). Actually it's great to this day - we use it constantly, but it really helped us get on track those first few months. The first year we dated, I still maintained my apartment, but we rented it out on airbnb because I was staying at his place so much. after that first year, we officially moved in together. The airbnb money we made paid for a trip to europe and some moving costs. it was a nice way to ease into officially cohabitating.
I bring a lunch most days but when I don't, Pret and Potbelly seem to be my main go-tos
mike - you could totally make a batch of soup at home that would last a few meals (or make a few and freeze them so you have variety). i know you've talked about cooking for 1 being terrible - but if you make a pot of something you could have dinner and lunch all rolled up into one. Some decent soup-toting options could be a small investment and you're on your way!
i also have a whole foods discount (a lucky 27%) which means i really do all my grocery shopping there. But I've also figured out how to shop smarter there too - the 365 brand items are usually cheaper than other grocery store brands and are GMO free, which I feel great about. I also buy a lot of cheap bulk and eat vegetarian. I will allow myself one salad bar trip along with my grocery shopping, which does usually add on like $10 to my general expenses, but basically I'm spending about $75 a week on groceries for 2 people which I feel totally great about (and that usually includes a fancy cheese).