On Monday Check-in

I didn't do an official estimate here on Friday because I was off and had a busy morning, but I estimated $300. I wanted to get a new winter coat this weekend. Macy's had a really good sale, so I ordered a coat online ($199). I'm hoping it works out and I don't have to return it. I know my sizing in that brand, so it should fit. Friday morning, I went to watch the Blackhawks practice ($0; if you're in Chicago, they have practices that are open to the public, but they're usually on weekday mornings). After that, I went to Trader Joe's ($60) and met up with a friend and her mom for a late lunch ($14). I hung out at my friend's place that night watching hockey ($0). Saturday, I didn't go anywhere or do anything. I caught up on my DVR, did laundry, and called my grandma. Yesterday, I had to make a Target run ($20) and went over to a friend's place for dinner ($0). Total: $293. I can't believe I actually stuck to my estimate.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 9:19 am 0

On Who Is the Wealthiest Woman in Each State?

Oprah isn't the wealthiest woman in Illinois because she doesn't live here anymore and hasn't for a while. I think she lives in California now.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm 0

On This Is Terrible, But: The Pain of Tipping People Richer Than Me

@Carly Hirsh@facebook I think standard is 15-20%, and that you should tip every time. I tip 20% because I see my stylist every couple of months and she does an outstanding job. We also have great chats when I'm there. I also know she's in a tough financial situation and works two jobs. But even if she weren't experiencing financial difficulty, I'd still tip 20%.

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm 0

On "Shortsighted, Cheap, and Unethical: Cash Only."

@ronswansonluva I've noticed lately that Square is becoming more popular, and several businesses that used to be cash-only are now using Square.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm 0

On "Shortsighted, Cheap, and Unethical: Cash Only."

Chicago seems to have more cash-only businesses than anywhere else. I just check out Yelp before I go to a new restaurant/bar/coffee shop to see if they don't take cards, and then I plan accordingly and stop at an ATM ahead of time. It's kind of a pain since I rely on my debit card for everything, but I understand why some businesses do cash-only (see comment above mine).

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 10:12 am 0

On Monday Check-in

I almost forgot about Monday check-in! Let's see... Friday, I came home after work and I don't remember what I did. I probably fell asleep on the couch by 9:30 because I'm old. Saturday, I returned my Comcast equipment, ending that long nightmare, and afterward stopped at a new bakery in my neighborhood for breakfast. I spent 50 cents to park for 15 minutes and bought coffee and a muffin ($5.84 with tax and tip). I brought it home and spent the afternoon doing laundry and watching "How to Get Away with Murder." A friend came over to watch hockey that evening, and I ordered food ($16.50 with tip). We stayed up late watching more hockey and "SNL." We haven't hung out like that in far too long, so it was really fun. Sunday: Mostly lazed around and worked on writing. Total: $22.84. I estimated $30, so heyyyy, coming in under my estimate for once!

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 10:03 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I'm trying to have a low-spend weekend since I spent a lot last weekend. Tomorrow morning I'm going to return my old Comcast box (they sent me a new one this week, and the entire experience was frustrating, as all things Comcast-related are), probably grab some Starbucks ($0, gift card), and at night a friend is coming over to watch hockey. Let's say $20 if I end up ordering food off GrubHub. I don't have any plans for Sunday right now. I'm thinking of maybe going to the movies ($10) but might opt for a lazy day at home since next week is going to be busy. Total: $30

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:09 am 0

On It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Don’t Do 1 Thing

@RiffRandell It's the WORST.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm 0

On It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Don’t Do 1 Thing

I already did my One Thing, which was calling my landlord about my dishwasher, which isn't working properly. I put a note with my rent check, which he cashed last week, but I hadn't heard from him. So I called him. I hate talking to landlords, but especially my landlord because he's occasionally been difficult in the past when it comes to repairs. He'll see me and be as friendly as can be, but when I actually need something, he drags his feet and pretends not to understand me. My dishwasher hasn't been working for over a month, and I've been washing my dishes by hand because I didn't want to call him. But then I was like, "Screw this, I'm paying rent and I should have a working dishwasher." The note was a good way for me to contact him since it was low-pressure, but then I ended up calling him anyway. He wasn't a jerk about it and said he needed to get a repairperson. No idea when it will be fixed, but hopefully soon. Is there anyone else here who stresses out about calling their landlord?

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm 0

On Things I Am Looking For in The Mid-Sized City of My Dreams

@rosinator I was surprised more people didn't recommend it, too, but it's a city that tends not to be on a lot of people's radars. So much has changed there just in the three years that I've been gone.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm 0