A friend and I (who are both well past the age where we would even contemplate shoplifting) were just having the discussion on Saturday that out of the many rules/laws/social contracts that we have broken or otherwise assumed didn’t apply to us, neither of us has ever shoplifted, because we are both of the mindset that we would most definitely get caught. I have not had that reservation about, say, trespassing at various times in my life though. You’ve gotta draw the line somewhere, I guess!
@Christy I was thinking the same thing. I have never had to move back home, fortunately, but if I did, I have a feeling it would be with the understanding that I was working towards moving out by X date, and not just living there so that I could have unlimited disposable income to play with.
Living on a cruise ship sounds like my own personal hell. I’ve never been on a cruise either, but I long ago determined that there are Cruise People and Not Cruise People, and I’m pretty sure I fall firmly in the latter category, no matter how many Cruise People try to tell me “oh, but you just have to go on one, it will change your life!” It sounds like living in a hotel that you are only allowed to leave at pre-determined times that you have absolutely no control over. No thanks.
@Allison I have a coworker who loves all things glittery, and for Christmas she gave us all gag gift (I think?) glitter capsules that supposedly make you shit glitter when ingested. I opted not to find out firsthand.
What I REALLY want is Amy Poehler's necklace. I'm pretty meh about purple, but I thought that was a fantastic color and neckline combo. I'm assuming the necklace is shimmery/iridescent when it moves.
I don't know enough about the NY real estate market to say whether or not it's a good investment, but if you DO become landlords, hire a management company to deal with all the day-to-day landlord shit. I think that in a lot of places the standard fee is 10% of the gross rent (or something like that), which translates to PRICELESS when you're not the one fielding 3:00 AM phone calls about clogged toilets (or worse). They'll also deal with all the credit checks and vetting of potential tenants. Worth it.
I am trying out my first ever Drynuary as we speak! The jury is still out about any potential monetary benefits though, because I have chosen to fill my new found free and sober time with a variety of home improvement projects, both functional and frivolous, all of which cost money. So I guess we'll see.
@milena This is SO TRUE. We went window shopping the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and "window shopping" turned into three test drives and three hours spent with the very nice saleswoman and her manager who were truly doing their best and cut the price numerous times, but we still didn't buy anything and then I felt terrible. Her manager even pulled the "she's a single mother" card to make us feel extra bad. Car buying is the worst. But yes, end-of-month deals FTW.
@bowtiesarecool Agreed, re: the Nest is just another toy for technophiles. I have a plain-jane programmable thermostat that I got for about $35, and it seems to work just fine.
The $20-$40 gyms are real! This is probably one of those "...except in NYC" things though. I only pay about $27/month for LA Fitness in the burbs of Texas. As for my money-saving plans for the new year, I definitely need to get back on the more meals at home/bringing my own lunch train. December is always so busy and I am always completely out of fucks to give, so we ate a lot of meals out last month.