That spreadsheet is ridiculously cute. Nicole, I'm sure you're one of those people, like me, who spends that extra-time-in-bed-before-getting-up planning what you're gonna wear for the day. (I guess, who isn't one of those people? Freaks!)
@lemonhead3159 I've never heard of parents buying a house for their kids in college before. It sounds like they did a bunch of things right! Super impressed and inspired for future family-planning, um, plans. What a cool idea. Also kudos to you guys for getting those scholarships.
"I feel like I’m living more in the moment now than I am for the future, and I’m okay with that." Guuuuuuuuurl. Now is *exactly* the time you should be living for the future. You're not in college anymore! Stop taking it easy on yourself.
You can even sign up for emails from places like J. Crew and Madewell—they have sales all the time. (Literally all the time.) Sure, it's more expensive, but it's also way better made (and probably cuter, honestly) than anything you'll find on Amazon.
@dollars¢s Thank you so much! That's so helpful. A neighborhood called Friendship—I love it. We'll look into these, for sure!
@dollars¢s My BF and I are talking about moving to Pittsburgh! I've never been there and he's only visited a few times. Can you recommend a couple neighborhoods to check out?
This is great.
LEXIE! HI! It's Maddie, from Knox! I was so pleasantly surprised to see your byline! Good luck with your home-finding adventures—it sounds like you've got a really great start!!! My boyfriend and I are talking about our next place and he's OBSESSED with sending me postings from Zillow and Redfin—it's a nutty process. But I'm sure you'll find something awesome. (And decorate it fabulously with your superb taste.) Can't wait to read the next installment!! :D
@MemphisBlues I agree, we live in a consumer-oriented culture—one that puts undue stress upon those forced to peddle to the consumers. I just don't see why Black Friday and its kin are a necessity, simply because the demand is there. Demands can change. In this situation I think they should, for social and moral reasons. Of course, that's simply my opinion, and you're entitled to your own.
@MemphisBlues Employees may know this going in, but that doesn't mean they had many other options. Often, working at places like Wal-Mart, Kmart, etc. is the only option on the table for a single parent with no degree, or someone in similarly downtrodden circumstances. I think that makes it doubly unfair for these stores to push these Black Friday extravaganzas—their employees have almost no recourse to find another job. It's manipulative and, in my opinion, a beyond the pale example of crass consumerism. To echo Nicole, this is what we have to be thankful for.