On Monday Check-in

@Stina The best part - the next flight was less than an hour later! So basically I got 250 euros to fly one hour after my scheduled flight. And the flight was paid for by work, so I am the happiest camper ever.

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 9:51 am 1

On Monday Check-in

I didn't do an estimate (I've been kind of absent lately) but I just wanted to share that I got bumped from a flight on Sunday and got a voucher for €250 so this is probably my first weekend ever where I actually earned more than I spent! Wooooo!

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 9:24 am 0

On When Love Crosses Class Lines

@Katni same here.

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:13 am 0

On A Return to Babysitting

@kbn22 Yeah it's weird how much the age gap normalized it. Like, I never felt weird about getting a beer with them in a group, but then it made shifting to the employer/employee context somehow more normal. I got my first Red Cross certification in Girl Scouts when I was 12 and started babysitting in my neighborhood, and I updated it every few years including after college when I was scraping by, but I always thought it made me sound much more official and trustworthy. Also, there's something to be said for the weird intimacy of babysitting. You're in someone's house, feeding and possibly bathing (+ changing) their kids, putting their kids to bed, raiding their fridge. I think that makes it less awkward by default somehow. Maybe that's just me?

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 11:51 am 0

On A Return to Babysitting

@kbn22 To be honest, the physical act of taking the money was slightly awkward, but it wasn't so bad because a) they were really acquaintances, not good friends, and b) they were in their late 30s/early 40s and I was in my mid-20s, so the age gap made it feel more like a traditional babysitting gig. Also, since I was Red Cross certified in the states and have a lot of experience babysitting, it felt more professional than it would have if they were friends. If we were closer, I probably wouldn't have taken them up on it, but I also think they felt good about having their baby with someone they knew and trusted and not like, a 13 year old from around the corner. So it was win-win.

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 10:58 am 0

On A Return to Babysitting

Last year I returned to babysitting for friends of friends in order to pay down my credit cards faster. I actually really enjoyed it - I played with their baby for an hour, put him to bed, and sat on their couch watching True Detective and Top of the Lake until they came home. I usually would sit for them from 6 to midnight and charged them €10/hour. I would totally do it again in a pinch, but I got a better paying job with longer hours that required travel, so I stopped.

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 10:34 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@Tripleoxer Dream weekend!

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 9:50 am 0

On Monday Check-in

I didn't have a chance to estimate on Friday, but I have been a bit out of control lately with spending (and failing at dieting, but yolo!). Friday: first I bought our train tickets to Prague next week (we're surprising my mom!), so those were 222€ round trip for the three of us. Then we took some beers from the fridge to the park to enjoy the sunset, then, starving, tried out a new restaurant up the street (20 € for grilled loup de mer with rosemary potatoes, roasted veggies and one glass of wine), then we bought some more beer and watched movies on Netflix (5€). Saturday: I had a date with one of my best friends to have a Fancy Boozy Lunch and then test out some makeup for her wedding. Lunch was at a very fancy French department store and involved a fair amount of crémant, so that set me back 30€ (!!!), but I was very good and resisted the pull of makeup/fancy face wash/body wash/nail polish/etc., and instead lived vicariously through her purchases. Then I picked up a birthday present for another friend (20 € gift card + 3.50 € for an actual card), and then we splurged on a cocktail by the river (9,50€). After that I made a desperately needed errands run to the drug store (toothpaste, floss) and the grocery store (basics) for about 25€ in total. I then proceeded to bake these fabulous cookies - http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/04/salted-chocolate-chunk-cookies/ - and eat three for dinner. Sunday: met friend at the dog park, gave her the bday present, hung out with her and her dog. Then BF and I went to the beer garden for hefeweizen and merguez sausages (9€). After we came home and fell asleep, I woke up a few hours later (ugh) feeling like crap, so I had a coffee and a few more cookies and watched more Netflix to soothe my brain. Then BF treated to dinner (surprise!), so I ended this VERY spendy weekend on a cheap note! Total (including train tickets): €344 But! It will totally be worth it to surprise my mom with a weekend in Prague when she visits next weekend, so! No regrets!

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 9:22 am 0

On How Much Do Teens Plan to Spend on Promposals? $324, On Average

Way back when (aka ten years ago) promposals were definitely NOT a thing, but spending a lot of money on prom was - dress, hair and makeup, shoes, flowers, pictures, the prom itself. I have absolutely no idea how much my mother spent on all of those things, but I'm sure it was a lot. I got asked to the prom by a dude who was a friend of mine and I was really surprised because I assumed he would never in a million years have wanted to go. My "best friends" at the time did not include me in their table planning, so he and I ended up at an awkward table of all the miserable foreign exchange students and their dates from other high schools, and we all kind of laughed at how much no one wanted to be there. Also I learned that my friend could NOT dance. Like at all. No rhythm. Not even awkward swaying to K-Ci and JoJo (which is the end-all be-all of prom slow jams, just sayin). So that was kind of a bust. But afterwards, in proper New Jersey fashion, we all went to a diner and ate grilled cheese in our fancy outfits, so that was fun, but I remember wishing I had gone with my boyfriend at the time.

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 4:04 am 0

On Let's All Run Away to Europe Together

@Stina Oh well, maybe now I can convince my family to come visit me and take me out to dinner since it's so cheap! Also, Billfold party in Europe! First round of beers is on me!

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 11:14 am 2