On Friday Estimate

Happy Halloween! This weekend, I'm going to a friend-of-a-friend's house to hand out candy to kids, and I'm bringing a pumpkin pie ($5, since I still need to pick up canned pumpkin and evaporated milk). Tomorrow is grocery shopping/Target shopping, which means about $60, and cleaning the house (free). It's also my dad's birthday, so I need to send him a card ($5). Sunday is Bulk Cooking Day, and quite possibly hiking Pilot Mountain (free!). So, ideally, my estimate is $70, but I would love (LOVE) to keep it below that.

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm 0

On The Marvel of Pre-School in Estonia

This sounds really interesting! Out of curiosity, did you have a strong Russian-language background before you moved to Estonia, or was it possible to learn it when you moved there?

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm 0

On Lunch Spots and Budgets

Oh my God Pret! We don't have one where I live, but I'm pretty sure I would commit some grievous crimes if it meant we could get one. When I was on a work trip in London, I went to Pret for breakfast every. single. day. (Their porridge and berry compote is EVERYTHING) That said, I would totes eat there on the weekends, too, because to me, Pret is not work food--it is the happy sandwich place, with good soups and excellent ginger soda.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:32 am 0

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