On Put Us In Your Inbox!

While we're on the subject of stuff readers want, have you thought of doing a reader survey? I'd be fascinated to see summary stats on what readers earn, what they have in savings, debt, industry (maybe?), etc.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm 4

On Lunch Spots and Budgets

I am working really, really hard to not buy lunch anymore. (Last week I went the whole week without getting lunch out!!) But my favorites are a local burrito spot where I get a burrito (usually sans shell for caloric reasons) for six bucks. There's also a veg BBQ food cart where I get enough for 1.5-2 meals for eight bucks. When I'm feeling especially hungry and spendy, there's an Ethiopian buffet that's ten dollars and so, so good though I spend the afternoon in a food coma.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm 0

On Monday Check-In

Mike, bless you for buying 1989. That is adorable. Friday I spent $15 on wine and beer for the weekend (and a special beer for our upcoming anniversary). We went to a pumpkin carving party and did not BYOP. Oops. Saturday I spent $6.50 at my library's used book sale. Last year I spent $25, so I count this as a success. I also spent $6 on a burrito. Sunday, I went grocery shopping and spent $55. $82.50.

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 11:58 am 0

On Paying for Theaters vs Waiting for Netflix

I typically compromise and wait to see movies at the second-run theater, where they are $4 and come out a bit before the DVD release. (I meant to do this with Obvious Child, but I never got around to it, unfortunately.) Some movies, I'll pay full price for. I try to see most of the Oscars Best Picture nominees in advance of the awards, but usually at least some of them are out on DVD or at the second-run theaters.

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 11:33 am 1

On The Week It Rained and the Future of Umbrellas

I think we need a photo of Mike in the rainboots. I live in the PNW and typically my (half-price) Marmot raincoat does alright. (Along with my penchant for hibernation during the eternal rainy months.) My feet are almost always wet, though, which sucks. I approve of Zuckerberg's pretty normal house. (Photos here for others who haven't seen it before: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mel45efdk/mark-zuckerbergs-backyard/)

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm 0

On A Drunk Stole My Kale. You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

My car was broken into a couple of years ago. My Raybans ($100) were stolen, along with my boyfriend's ancient iPod that only worked on his equally-ancient dock. I repurchased the sunglasses about a year later and no longer keep them, or any other valuables, in my car. My laptop was stolen from my bag, which I was sitting with, in Barcelona. I ran after the guy yelling Ladron and an undercover cop helped me find it where the thief had stashed it.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm 0

On Getting the Paper

The Oregonian is especially crappy because of recent transitions. They're now delivering just four times a week and the paper is tiny (it's tabloid format now). I don't subscribe to any papers. I dream of one day subscribing to the NYT, though I never plan to live in NY. If I move back home to Florida, I'd subscribe to the Tampa Bay Times (ne St. Petersburg Times), one of the great local papers, in my book.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm 0

On It's Heating Season In New York City

FREE HEAT?!!? Jeals.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

I didn't do an estimate. I felt like money was flying out of my hands this weekend. Friday, I bought a couple of things at the grocery story ($5)and we went to dinner with another couple. Our share (and part of theirs) was $35. Saturday I stayed inside and read all day for Dewey's Readathon, so happily I didn't spend any money. Sunday, we went on a fall excursion to Halloweentown (St. Helens, OR). I found cheap gas outside the city, so I filled up ($26). I grabbed a snack for $3 and we had dinner out. My share was $13. Total: $82

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm 0

On My Whole Foods Discount Is the Best—Worst?—Mostly Best

@NoReally Chavez Freddies REPRESENT!!

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm 3