$63 a month for an unlimited MUNI (bus) pass with the occasional Lyft/taxi/BART ride, so somewhere between $63-80 a month.
I agree that this falls under an often American "all or nothing" umbrella. I have not been 'pregnated as of yet but I think too many scenarios that can happen, but are rare or specific to certain actions, are made out to be A SURE THING if you don't toe the line. My mother went white water rafting shortly after finding out she was pregnant with me. My best friend was shocked by this, and said my mom was irresponsible for putting her unborn fetus at risk. Her mother had miscarried just by stepping over a low wall. OY. Everyone has a story, but not all women are the same, not all pregnancies are the same. Lots of terrible things can happen to baby and momma during that time, but the assumption that having wine or being active is the same as smoking meth and cage fighting is ridiculous. I am not a doctor, but I imagine the babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome are not from the mums who have a glass or 2 a week.
@MilesofMountains Agreed! There are lots of online how-to's for handwashing finicky clothes (wool, silk, etc), I think "Ask A Clean Person," over at The Hairpin has a bunch. I tend to think that people wore wool, silk, etc. before dry cleaners were commonplace, so washing them yourself cannot be that detrimental. Unless, only rich people wore those materials and then promptly threw them away/ donated them to serfs on Boxing Day once they stank over badly < UNLIKELY.
I would disagree with only the DIY rule. Sometimes its great to buy something a little off for little cost, and then customize it to your liking. It gives you license to make changes (small or more drastic) that you wouldn't normally try on a piece that you bought new/full-price. For example: For Christmas I wanted a kick ass Christmas sweater. An easy thing to find in August at Goodwill, but near impossible/very expensive in December. So, I found a GIANT man sweater by Banana Republic (we're talkin XXXL here)for $2, took it home, traced the outline of a sweater that fit me, sewed up the sides, cut off the excess and BOOOOM. While the shoulder seams are near my mid bicep, no one has caught on that it was an alteration.
@DrFeelGood I would recommend calling some airlines direct to see if they offer standby to the public (oftentimes you either have to work for the airline/related to someone who does/be buddies with a person that works for the airline so they can put you temporarily on their list of peeps who can fly standby. I am related to someone who works for the airline, but even so, because I am not married to that person my rating is pretty low on the list (overbooked passengers, airline workers on standby, spouses of airline workers on standby all get on before they even look at the list I'm on, assuming I'm closer to the top then the bottom). I would call larger airlines in the off-season of your destination (generally Oct-Mar, but it is very dependent on where you're going), and smaller airlines(http://travel.usatoday.com/deals/inside/story/2012-04-12/The-10-best-airlines-youve-never-flown/54178736/1)the rest of the time. You generally can't really plan round trip, but one leg at a time and plan to have a couple days on each end in case you can't make a flight. I did all my standby'ing in college, when I could just email a professor about arriving a day later. Not so easy now with specified vacation days.
I flew to Dublin FREE (not counting the $80 tax, but PRACTICALLY)from California. The key is standby, essentially rolling the dice and taking a seat that is either unsold or the person who bought it is a no show. This will not work if you fly on a weekend, Friday, or any kind of holiday (this includes entire seasons depending on where you are going), you must be at the airport 4 hours before your flight to get a good spot on the first come first serve list (your flight will be at an hour that people tend to miss, like 6am dep), and dressed in business casual in case you get a seat in first or business class. HOWEVER, what was supposed to be an 11 hour flight became a horrible 27 hour flight. Let's retrace: John Wayne to Long Beach (if you are familiar with SoCal, I KNOW RIGHT?!), Long Beach to Dallas, Dallas to Chicago (my thought the entire time, "It is taking 4 hours to get NOWHERE."), Chicago to Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania to New York, New York to London, London to Dublin. It involved A LOT of running from one end of various airports to the other, with a body bag of my life's possessions (I was staying for a year)that weighed 80 lbs. It was like crossfit across timezones. BUT...hey, you get what you pay for.