@Genghis Khat Haha, very true. When I'm sick, I'm able to convince myself of anything.
(As a former Pittsburgher, I feel obligated to "Woohoo! Pittsburgh!" here.) Pittsburgh Pro Tip: Go out with people who aren't from there and watch them magically pick up the tab every time! Going out for 3 hours with 3 people in Pittsburgh is about the same price as 1 person for 1 hour in NYC.
I know I'm going to sound like a total lush, but HOT TODDIES. Seriously, I could justify them all day long (and I often have to). Tea and lemon feel great when you're sick! And the alcohol will kill the germs if you're about to be sick! The whole thing will put you to sleep*! *My second-best suggestion for preventing sickness is forcing yourself to sleep AS MUCH as possible.
As the youngest, I can attest that there is truth to the pattern of the oldest being the financially more responsible. I doubt my older sister has ever asked my parents for money as an adult. I wish I could say the same. Then again, growing up, my clothes and toys were all her hand-me-downs. Not that we couldn't afford it, just that that's how it goes for little sisters. I'm sure I grew a little resentful and pushed for new things whenever I could. No was definitely just an obstacle. However, things started to switch when we hit high school. She had her college completely paid for out of my parents' college fund - and I'm sure they would have paid for me as well 5 years later if there had been anything left after that. (I wonder if there are a lot of families like this?) So, upon getting out of college, she had zero debt and I managed to have... well, a lot. I still wear her hand-me-downs, but I kinda love it now. It's like shopping at a thrift store that only carries Banana Republic and Ann Taylor.
If it helps, I was in the exact same position (ok, it was -$14) for the last 5 days until my paycheck went through today. Very, very similar reasons, too. You aren't the only one! And hey, at least it's only $2. When is the next time money will hit your account? Can you hunt around your new clearly awesomely-lit room and find 8 laundry quarters or look in old wallets to see if there's a few bills in them? I was able to squeeze out of my jam by finding a $10 in my coat pocket and cashing in my little change pot that sits on my dresser. Also, yes, return something to Target if you can!
This wins for best/worst photo to go with the article. I just look at her in that movie and start to cry.
@wearitcounts So many feelings! And not all of them are sympathetic to the author, either, which is really, really difficult to pull off.
I have their phone service because -- and I kid you not -- the bundled package of phone/internet/cable was less expensive than internet/cable. We don't even own a landline phone. I'm pretty sure it's still less expensive with the $4 monthly fee, too.
Something my father always suggested was to go in and ask for a raise and title change - but if they refuse, suggest just the title change (it doesn't cost them anything!) and say you're willing to revisit the raise at a later time. Then... hunt for a new, better-paying job with a hotter title on your resume?
Mike Dang, I just hugged my computer. You deserve a giant hug from someone very proud of you.