On On My Own: Figuring Out How to Pay for College After My Parents Cut Me Off

@wafflez Seconding this. Federal loan terms are significantly better than private loans: the interest rates are lower, you don't pay the interest while you are in school, and you are eligible for loan forgiveness via public service/income-based repayment/etc. The terms, over all, are much, MUCH better. TLDR: only get private loans as a last resort.

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 10:58 am 1

On How Wizards Do Money: Ginny Potter

@lindseykai He had the Time Turner! From his post a few weeks back.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm 0

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@WhyHelloThere This sounds promising! And dammit, now I've looked on Zillow and there are nice homes for under $200,000! Okay, that settles it, I'm finding I job in Iowa and I'm moving to Des Moines! ....Except there's no Ikea. I might have to reconsider.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm 0

On How Going Cash-Only Helped Me Curb My Spending

And now I think I'll have to try this.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm 0

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@callmeprufrock I'd be game. I feel like other TS Eliot fans would be a good fit.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm 0

On Would You Pay for a Restaurant Reservation?

@madrassoup That's a really good point, and I think it's important for us to take a step back from our self-conceptions of what it means to be cultured, especially in the realm of food. I mean, do I like going to the fancy hip restaurants in my town? Sure. Do I also have a sincere, non-ironic love of Olive Garden? You bet. Not Cracker Barrel, though. I draw the line at Cracker Barrel. It is a hellhole.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:32 am 0

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@Josh Michtom@facebook Of course, Salt Lake City's idea of crime also includes litterers and jaywalkers (they take it VERY seriously, and the cops will give you a stern, sorrowful dad-lecture if they catch you doing it...not that I would know or anything).

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:25 am 1

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@Josh Michtom@facebook Okay then, it's back to my backup plan: tiny house in the middle of nowhere where I can grow vegetables, raise chickens and bees, and become a scary old hermit-lady.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:24 am 0

On Would You Pay for a Restaurant Reservation?

Nope. Nope nope nope nope never. Paying for a reservation through one of these stupid "disruptor" companies (that are basically just middlemen) is one of the signs of our decline as a civilization (also, get off my lawn). I mean, don't get me wrong, I like a nice, kinda fancy restaurant--but where I live, things are comparatively easy to get into, and when I go to a bigger city (like, say, DC), I just call one of my old college friends who waits tables, and they come with me and use their amazing waiter connections to help us find all the cool stuff.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:57 am 1

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

I think I could live in Iowa if it were Des Moines. Maybe? I mean, I'm really big on affordable rent, and it's closer to my parents than where I am now. On the other hand, Pittsburgh is also affordable and cool, but it's near other stuff: Philly, New York, DC, Baltimore (what up, Baltimore!) Also, Amish country, AKA Best Place for a Fall Day Trip Outside of Asheville--the quilts! The butter! The Turkey Hill ice cream! Basically, I just want to live in a biggish, interesting city with affordable rent, is that so much to ask?

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:53 am 0