YESSSSSS! Seriously, the peace of mind is worth it. I kept putting it off, and then we got broken into, and I was kicking myself. We've been burgled multiple times since and I have been so thankful for insurance.
I can't lie, I hide out in the bathroom when it gets too much.
"I don’t really know anyone who does this, who puts money in real estate rather than mutual funds, who buys property beyond the property they need to live in." Tons of people in New Zealand do this. It's kinda messed up, getting rich by selling property to one another. "Besides, as a friend of mine argued recently, is it unethical to set out to profit from housing, which by some standards should be a universal human right?" I kinda personally think so, but I don't see this changing.
I managed to get mine done for a little over $1000. I am so grateful that it wasn't anywhere near as bad as I feared. Got it done on a Sunday, worked at home for 2 days, and recovered really fast. I was hoping I could get away with never getting them out, but ultimately the pain got too bad.
We eat a lot, food is expensive where we live, and we like to eat decent quality. It hurts sometimes but it's worth it for us. $232 for one is totally reasonable! Seriously though, I see the lunches some of my coworkers and don't understand how they function. Those puny salads would wear off for me in about an hour.
At my first job at Big Media Corp I was hourly (the more senior staff were generally salaried) and overtime was awesome. Made pulling long shifts on breaking news days palatable. Been salaried at other jobs since.
"Picking a subject that interests us is only one way to pick a career. I think it is equally, if not more important, to think about what we actually like to do all day." Yes, yes and yes. I am trying to get my partner to think about work/career in these terms (since he doesn't have a burning passion). Eg, he doesn't like to be alone, sit still, etc. Me, I am the total opposite (leave me in a back room by myself please!)
I am the supportive partner in B. Joint decision, but still, it's been and still is freaking hard. Didn't expect the job search to last thins long.
I will also plug another blog: Poor Girl Eats Well :)
Right now, I am the Michael in our relationship. Busy at work, supporting us both, feeling overwhelmed by depression about our future, trying to keep it together myself, not make him feel guilty and worthless for not having a job right now. Sadly I'm just not able to provide him with any emotional support right now, I don't have the capacity. This really resonated with me - thank you.