On Did Your Parents Lie About Your Age To Get Lower Ticket Prices, And Did That Scar You For Life?

I'm pretty sure my family did this, and I remember feeling like it was the sliiiiiickest scam. I can't remember if this was our practice, or if I was always like "say I'm under 11! It's cheaper!!" and they never listened to me. Now I feel the same glee of getting away with something whenever I used my very old college id for movies or find a bunch of chicken at the grocery store accidentally mis-priced and buy it all for my freezer, or any other cost-saving measure. I feel no ethical ickiness from it (and the chicken thing is totally legit, anyway) maybe from learning it from my parents or it could just be dyed in the wool cheapskateness.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm 0

On How Much Can Dog Walkers Make? How About $120,000/Year

When I walked dogs 2 years ago it was $15/walk, and the walker got ten of that. I had a couple of dogs who I could walk to the other's house, but we were paid for 20-minute walks, and it worked out that it was rarely less than 10 minutes to walk to the nearby dog's house. Usually, if I wanted to double up on walks, I had to DRIVE to pick up a bunch of other dogs and walk them together. This was a city, but the dogs weren't very densely packed. Also, I did 20 dogs a day AT THE MOST and I rarely even had much of a break during the day, usually eating on my way to the next dog's house. So basically, I think the $120,000 person is someone like my boss, who held all the keys, distributed dogs to walkers, got paid $5/walk and did some walks herself on top of that.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm 0

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

I had my laptop stolen out of my studio, and my car stolen in high school while I was making out at a boyfriend's house (and wasn't supposed to be there, so I totally got caught). They tie for most expensive, because that 20 year old camry cost just about the same as the computer (at least, I paid the same amount, more or less, when I purchased them).

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm 0

On Why You Shouldn't Go to Art School

@Lily Rowan I mean, I seem less crazy when that was my only comment. Nothing was showing up and then they all did at once.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm 0

On Why You Shouldn't Go to Art School

I've tried this three times, and my posts aren't sticking, but it is very important for me to note that AJ was probably going to MASS ART! A public art school that costs state tuition! Not such a bad idea. I mean, art is risky and a terrible life choice (spoken as an MFA who is adjuncting) but those lists seem to discourage for-profit art schools more than art school in general. I only saw one on the list that wasn't a for profit.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm 0

On Why You Shouldn't Go to Art School

@Allison Yeah, I assumed he went to SAIC also. And while we are on fictional art school choices, I always thought AJ was going to MASS ART, which is the only public art school in the US, and costs the same as a state school in MA.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm 0

On Why You Shouldn't Go to Art School

Mass art still costs the same as a MA public university!

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm 0

On Why You Shouldn't Go to Art School

@Lily Rowan But I though he went to Art Institute of Chicago, which is not one of the chain schools and is one of the top 5 art schools! Still hard to pay for but a better education. And, while we're talking fiction, can't we assume AJ went to Mass Art, which is publicly funded, and at the time AJ went (mid 90's?) would have cost the same as a state university.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm 1

On Why You Should Buy Thanksgiving Tickets Now

Thanks, The Billfolds, for getting me to buy my tickets home for christmas today!

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm 0

On How Do You Do Groceries?

Usually I go to the farmer's market to buy produce/eggs/sausage and my boyfriend buys the staples, though I go with him to the normal grocery. I usually buy one or two supplemental things at the normal grocery, like fizzy waters or a big bag of frozen fish to last a few weeks.This semester we've been trying to do one big dish on Sundays for when we teach late nights during the week. We end up with 4-6 meals in leftovers that go in the fridge/freezer. On Mondays I'll cook some fast veggies w a grain +egg, and Tuesday's is usually a fish meal so our brains stay healthy. Wednesday-Saturday are either leftovers or boyfriend cooks (egg tacos).Breakfast for me is yogurt+fruit, or oatmeal+yogurt. Lunches are generally leftovers. So far, it works pretty well. Next week's big meal is white beans, parsnips and some meat. We each spend between $25-40/week, so our household monthly total is around $250. Our grocery list is pretty much the same week to week, with variations in produce, whatever meat is cheap, and little trends like when we buy coconut milk all the time. We vary between whole foods and giant, because whole foods' tortillas are too expensive but they have the cheapest+best quality yogurt. We might have to add aldi to the rotation once in a while, because they have the best price of walnuts. Occasionally, we go to trader joes, but we get so taken in by snacks and frozen food that it gets expensive, which is always a surprise because I think of it as a cheap grocery store. Luckily, the Trader Joes is out of the way. I LOVE going to the grocery store, it is one of my favorite hobbies, and I feel so secure when I have a cupboard full of cans of beans and enough pasta and an idea of what we'll eat for dinner each night of the week.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm 0