On Monday Check-in

I was moderately sick all weekend and trying to pretend I wasn't sick? I now feel like total garbage, so perhaps I should have embraced movies in bed! Friday was a grocery shop ($43), Saturday we wandered around the fair that was going on in town, Sunday we picked up a few things at a thrift shop ($14) and went to the mall to sit in the AC because jesus christ is it hot. Total: $57, way under my estimate of $150 but I still have to buy all the crap I didn't buy this weekend.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 10:36 am 0

On GOOD ENOUGH Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $110,000

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

I just finished the TGIF piece and I am wholly and completely in love with Caity Weaver. I don't know a person could be more perfect.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 7:39 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@Mike Dang So many good things on here!

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm 0

On Chatting About Tuna Noodle Casseroles, Jell-O, and the American Iron Housewife

@andnowlights "mac and cheese and hot dogs" I would eat this so hard right now.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: June 2014 Check-in

@rorow Super late to respond, sorry! I'm angling to have about $750k invested so I can skim 3-4% off the earnings each year to cover living expenses. The $750k is a fairly arbitrary number, at this point. Right now I'm focused on establishing the habits that'll keep my cost of living low (<$30k for two adults) and enjoyment high, so the number mostly helps me keep my eye on the big picture.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:58 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@ATF A marriage license in my midwestern state is like $120, for reference.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:38 am 0

On Friday Estimate

We need a handful of groceries ($30) and two pairs of shoes ($100?). There's a big art festival nearby this weekend, so we should be able to get away with wandering around most of the weekend without buying anything. $130 total? Let's call it $150, to be safe.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:37 am 0

On The "I Got a CPA" Update

@jfruh My dad is my CPA so I have no idea what the ~*professional*~ thing to do is, but he looks at my records, not my receipts, and he doesn't question their validity. He does gently remind me to make sure my receipts are well-organized in the event of audit, though.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 7:53 am 0

On How Much Is Your Iced Coffee?

I make my own coffee 99 times out of 100. I brew in a Chemex (because it's cheap and compact) and I buy whatever coffee is cheapest. My current stuff is $6 for 2 lbs, and it lasts for about a month. I drink 2-3 cups a day, black and strong and bitter. Filters are like $9 and last for three months. So a cup of coffee at home costs me like $0.13, which I guess would explain why I feel SO HOSTILE about spending $2 on a cup of black coffee at a coffee shop.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:37 am 0