By Leila@twitter on Friday Estimate
I'm still waiting on EI or commission cheques or whatever so it will go on as follows: Friday Paid back gas money - $5.25 Dinner with the family - $0 Drinks date - $20 (screw gender roles - I pay for myself) Saturday Yoga, laundry, work catching up Bringing drinks or dessert to dinner date - $15-20 Sunday Rent - $300 Bus pass for the next month - $77 Plans: unknown Total: $422.25 including most of my monthly non-negotiable items.
@WayDownSouth You don't think there's a strong message on the site that Mike's way is usually the right way? Logan's side is to meet most of us where we're at. Everyone knows what they are supposed to do, but there are emotional reasons why it doesn't work out that way in action.
I am so poor a dollar is worth a whole lot to me but more than that it's the principle of the matter! I will always go out of my way to get my refund if it's owed to me. Because why not? It's my money. I do not like corporations (or whoever) ripping me off, even if it's only for a few dollars. That adds up! (For them, usually) A month ago, I sent something via Canada Post to the US with guaranteed delivery of 3 days. It took a week. Everyone was all, "well it got there, didn't it? Isn't it more hassle to contest this?" And yeah, it was a small hassle, but still I called, had to say a few times that I wanted a refund because they guaranteed something they didn't deliver, and in the end they agreed and mailed me a cheque for $22. "Uh, what? No, give me my money back," is basically my life.
By rorow on Friday Estimate
tonight: birthday dinner and dancing. ticket for the party already purchased, so it's just food and drinks. i will estimate high and say $50 because i'm totally going to want to get a cab back from brooklyn. tomorrow: big farmer's market trip since i'm making dinner for a new dude and will want to impress, so some kind of fish + sauteed kale + roasted baby potatoes thang. plus maybe a gluten free crumble for dessert? i will say $30 there. gym is free. need some cleaning products for my house and will probably FD it and it will get crazy - $60. sunday: ballet, free. brunch - $20? coffee and dinner later on - $25. total - $165, and that's a high estimate. not bad at all.
By srmattew on Friday Estimate
I've only done two Friday estimates so far, but I feel like they might actually be working! A bit, anyways. Estimate #3: Tonight: eating leftovers from a dinner party during the week, and either staying in or heading to a free art gallery reception with a friend (metro would be $4). Saturday: Housewarming party ($25 - gift and bottle of wine/champers), perhaps going out afterwards but I'll do my best not to spend too much at the bar. $40, tops. Sunday: A couple of groceries, perhaps having a few friends over for Sunday dinner - $30. Total: $75.
@stuffisthings -You must have a Jon Hamm situation going on to get the " fly undone" discount. *says to the most high* Lord forgive me please, for quasi e-flirting with a married man.
Science is gonna have to Deal With It on this topic, I'm afraid.
@deepomega LOVE YOU DEEPOMEGA. Thanks for killing it and killing it. That is all.
@Worker Parasite Poor choice of words, to be sure, but I still don't think it's meant to cast judgment on anyone's choice. I do think there is something wrong with the diamond industry, and to a greater extent, the wedding industry, and it's unfortunate that words like "dumb" and "bullshit" are used, because they detract from the other issue at hand, which is...well, why is a diamond your "choice" in the first place? Because even ignoring blood diamonds and the monopoly De Beers has over the industry, the thing is, it's not really a "choice" for most people - I grew up in the South, and the first thing people say to a girl who gets engaged is, "let's see the ring!" It's a lot of pressure on both the man and the woman - more pressure than opting out of brunch, or not being able to afford a Ferrari, because unlike brunch or luxury goods, the advertising industry has convinced people that to not receive a (large) diamond engagement ring signifies that your fiance does not love you enough. And that to me is the real bullshit.
@antheridia I will tell you why I'm singling out this one: It is the only one that is literally an international, illegal cartel. Everything else you've described, there is at least the potential to (e.g.) use solar power, or to buy more expensive american-made clothes. The only thing comparable to this for diamonds is lab diamonds, which aren't super available yet, and still contribute to the culture that tells a man he isn't a real husband unless he can afford a big-ass diamond.