I understand tipping servers, because their personal interaction with you directly affects your meal-- the timeliness of service, their manners, etc. Same goes for hairdressers. I don't understand tipping hotel housekeepers because it seems that they follow a list of tasks that should/could be accomplished by any one of them, Plus, you have no direct interaction with them. I understand tipping when the mess in the room is excessive and/or when you're in a really fancy hotel with a lot of amenities where you're probably tipping people left and right anyway. But the cheap Courtyard by Marriott(R) where I'm spending one night while on a road trip? Really? Does this also apply to motels like La Quinta Inn? Tips are meant to reward or incentivize good service, so since I expect a clean room upon arrival and leave the next day, what difference does it make? TL;DR I don't think it makes sense to do it for cheap, short stays so hotels should pay their staff better wages.
My problem with choosing whether it's a need or a want is when I'm buying something I need, but I'm buying an expensive version of it vs a cheap one. Case in point: I had to replace my set of dinner plates. -That's a need! -But I bought the more expensive ones (at Target, but still) instead of the cheapest ones. -It's an investment! -But it's from Target, so is it really? -So it's a small upgrade on a need, so what? -But do I need to spend this much money on it? Argh.
@Intravenus de Milo It took a while for my classmates and I to realize that the "nerds" playing with their calculators all the time WEREN'T actually doing math with them. I don't think the teachers ever caught on to this. Bravo, nerds.
@Aconite I agree. I think higher education is grossly mismanaged and employers shouldn't require a bachelor's degree for jobs that don't need it. Still, I think the change needs to come from the top down. To be a young person who isn't actively pursuing a blue collar career or at least a trade school education is taking a dangerous gamble and the only one feeling that consequences of that decision is themselves. No one is looking at your example and changing the system. Sounds like this kid is going to be leaning on their parents for a long time.
@EA_Mann When I gave birth I was working for a university that also ran a medical school/hospital. I paid $0 out of pocket for my prenatal care and labor & delivery (it was not a C-section birth). It was insane. I feel like there should be a booklet that you're given when you enroll in a healthcare plan that outlines this shit because I would have popped out a dozen (ok not really) if I had realized what a deal they gave you. (Of course, we moved and now our healthcare is complete shit.) Having a baby is an extremely common practice for a sizable chunk of the workforce and I feel like the costs associated with it should be open information and fully known well in advance!
@Marille "what do you even do in a business?" Ha!! Honestly, in most any office job, it's all work that anyone could do. You just need a hierarchy to maintain order and a process manual to show you the ropes.
Thank for acknowledging this! This is why I appreciate The Billfold so much-- it takes blog-worthy pop culture talk and filters it through the lens of money. Awards shows (on network TV! yes!) seem to be a national event that we can gather round, but it is a paradox when there's such a high price on even watching these shows. We're still coming out of a recession, people! Maybe that's why the Oscars are so big-- even if you have to pay $10/ticket to see a movie, you can see the top 10 films of the year, over the course of a year, and feel invested in the show. For the same price you can afford maybe a month/4 episodes of all of the TV shows.
The only way I have any sense of popular music is through the radio in my car. I just ended my two-month summer of not driving so I am way behind on what's cool, and my first thought about any song named "Fancy" will always be Reba McEntire ("I had a slit in the side clean up to my hip').
@cryptolect Dude, Out of Sight is a great movie.
@Karebot side note: I have already read Gone Girl