@WayDownSouth I had to go back and check the to/from headers, myself - I hope Logan is proud, because this is great advice! It's awesome how much her outlook/writing has changed since this time last year.
@Mae I actually live in one of these Seattle aPodment developments and the one time I tried to attend one of the town hall meetings about these and share my lived experience (that living in a brand-new apartment the size of a legal parking space with 2 walls of windows and therefore tons of natural light instead of paying 3x as much for a 30%-larger studio built in the 60s has been great, and that sharing my kitchen/laundry facilities with 6 other people is not a hardship) I was totally condescended to and talked over ("It's all well and good until I'm robbed or attacked by a 'neighbor'"). It's hilariously transparent how little they actually care about the people who live in these buildings.
I currently pay 17.6 to live on Capitol Hill in Seattle, but I'm touring an apartment right now that would lower that percentage to 15.4.
@joyballz 4/4/2012 = $15,490.26 4/4/2013 = $31,608.99 Wow. A large part of this is of course the fact that I went from a job that paid $12.50/hr to a job that pays around $20/hr in June, but I wouldn't underestimate the way this blog has helped keep me conscious of my lifestyle choices and spending - I'm not sure 2011!me would've even thought to get an apartment a short bus ride from her favorite part of town for half the cost of an apartment actually in that part of town, for example (and even if I had, I probably would've done a great job of convincing myself that I could totally afford to pay more for housing, so why shouldn't I? etc). Thanks, Billfold!
Happy birthday, Billfold! Everyone is saying this but I have to as well - this site has really changed the way I think and communicate about money. Thanks mainly to this blog, in the past year I've finished paying off my student loans, started an IRA, and socked away enough ~fun money~ in a second savings account to be planning a totally-within-my-budget (lol budgets, I didn't even have one of those before May of last year!) trip to Thailand in the fall! This blog has the perfect mix of real, helpful financial tips/advice and just general honest writing about money and the ways we interact with it. Never change, Billfold!
@Astigmatism Definitely write back! I work for a large financial company and you would not BELIEVE the number of exceptions that get made just because the management team doesn't want to keep fielding your calls. Really, with the amount of (paid employee) time and paperwork/reporting it takes any agency worried about the possibility of audits, it's worth it to do whatever they have to to get you to stop calling if you seem committed.
@laluchita Kirkland brand alcohol is Grey Goose and Jack Daniels. The only reason Costco isn't my go-to liquor store is that I just don't have the storage space or demand for the giant sizes they sell in.
@cuminafterall If it's Microsoft Office Communicator I'm pretty sure those messages are gone forever once you both close your IM window - this is by design, so that IMs can't be subpoenaed in the event of a suit like emails can be.
I'm lucky enough to be headed home for the holidays ($786 for the plane tickets), where my parents will pick up the tab for nearly everything. Friday - no expenses Saturday - maybe $100, if my mother lets me pick up the tab for the tea house my sister and I are visiting with her that morning. I have a feeling she'll cover it, but since I'm the one who made the reservation I feel I should at least offer. Sunday - perhaps $2 on frozen yogurt
$16 Friday - $10 ticket to a friend's band's show and $6 for a drink + tip Yet unbilled huuge amounts for the crown I stupidly forgot I would get charged for having seated at the dentist on Saturday - WHYYYYYY didn't I wait until January, when my insurance deductible reset?? The temporary crown was doing FINE! :( $40 Sunday for this week's groceries. I used my mini crock pot for the first time, and my Monday work lunch was delicious.