Rent/utilities ($575) and the repair bill for my scooter ($390) notwithstanding, this weekend I spent: $170 - plane ticket to visit Some Boy $33 - 9/1 groceries for dinner with said Boy $31 - 9/2 lunch in the park with said Boy, followed by sushi that evening $13 - 9/3 lunch with said Boy and a Shirley Jackson anthology purchased at the used book store nextdoor and a total of $32 spent at various coffee shops over the course of the weekend. I don't think $289 is too terrible for a 3-day vacation. I definitely could've resisted buying a cup of coffee every what, 4 hours? but other than that I have no regrets.
I find Justin Bieber's manager so interesting. Did you know that when he was a teenager he made a documentary that's still shown in the Holocaust Museum in DC? Did you know that he's ambiguously kind-of-attractive in that oh-no-I-couldn't-he-looks-like-a-young-version-of-my-dad sort of way and a reason not to doze off during a viewing of Never Say Never with the neighbor kids you're babysitting? Also, he tweeted this great series of jokes about terrible Old Testament-inspired tattoos he was planning to get after the Biebs got ginormo-Jesus on the back of his calf. (Yes, I follow him on twitter. He follows me, too, actually, and once messaged me "lol" after I made a hilarious joke about putting wine in my neighbor kids' tippy cups - so I'm kind of a big deal.)
@ASCtvartedun This is not useful for any divorced child of the 99%. I'm not sure the goal of this piece was to be "useful" or to act as a "guide" in any particular sense of the word. It's pretty consistent with the format of other Billfold content we see semi-regularly.
This isn't my life at all, but I appreciate the way this piece conveys the shock of losing privileges one didn't really realize s/he had. Okay, maybe it is kind of my life, in that I grew up on the comfortable end of the middle class, moved back home after college to get my bearings, wound up staying much longer than I thought I would (I'm 23), and have had to suddenly and quickly move out after a physical altercation with my father (the physicality was all on his end of things; I mostly stood there and screamed "did you really just HIT me?!"). I thought I had a handle on what a reasonable lifestyle is and should cost, but so much shit I've taken for granted - cell phone, netflix subscription, the privilege of owning a car and having a place to park it - costs so much more than I'd really considered.
...and you will magically stop buying ice cream or refreshing beverages or eating out if you have air conditioning? This logic seems flawed, somehow.
@redheaded&crazy How do you know you wouldn't have bought that ice cream anyway, though, even if you HAD been buying breakfast all week? /is the justification I use. "I'm still saving money I would've bought this either way OKAY wallet OKAY????!?"
Seems reasonable - I can think of 4 friends off the top of my head who've been promoted or transitioned to new workplaces over the past 6 months.
@Jenn@twitter Agreed. Sometimes I hate the Billfold (and that sometimes is anytime I actually click into the comments from google reader).
@MuffyStJohn Not being able to check the balance is a pretty big inconvenience imo.
Friday: $24 dinner&drinks with friends Saturday: $6 gift for a friend $35 dinner&drinks&frozen yoghurt with friend Sunday: nil. It's not outRAGEous, but I definitely went a little bit over the top. I normally budget $100/month for nights out with friends, and the fact that I spent more than 50% of a month's budget in 2 nights is a little shocking.