On Did Your Parents Lie About Your Age To Get Lower Ticket Prices, And Did That Scar You For Life?

My mom once borrowed her friends pool passes while we were staying with my grandparents one summer. She joked that if anyone asked my name was Becky. I was TERRIFIED some one would ask my name and so I hid in the kiddie pool all day.

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 11:55 am 0

On The Billfold Book Club: Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North and South' (Chapters 1-25)

@HelloTheFuture Edith is basically Becky Bloomwood I think. Totally self-centered and shallow, and everything works out for her. She is pretty silly but also I wouldn't mind having her life?

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm 0

On The Billfold Book Club: Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North and South' (Chapters 1-25)

@Marille I guess I just meant that in Milton, no one knows her mother's family, and her father is just a poor tutor. In the same way that Margaret had never heard of Mr. Thornton before moving to Milton, despite Mrs. Thornton's belief her son is famous among businessmen, no one has heard of the Hales in Milton. I would totally snub the hales if I were a Milton mill owners sister. Also, all the Hale's except Margaret are the worst--so selfish and mopey!

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm 0

On The Billfold Book Club: Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North and South' (Chapters 1-25)

I feel a little bit like Betsy writing her essay on Ivanhoe, harping on the beginning chapters. But one thing that stood out in this reading is that Margaret is very much a poor relation--she is more like Fanny Price than Elizabeth Bennett. She is genteel without any wealth or family on her father's side, and even that genteelness is kind of lost when Mr. Hale leaves the church. I am kind of with Mrs. Thornton in thinking Margaret seems high and mighty. I read this book originally because of the mini-series, because Margaret + John 4eva, and was so disappointed on first reading with all the capitalist and religious conversations you have to slog through before you get to the parts where Margaret and Thornton are thinking of each other. Anyway, I do money like cousin Edith, and not like any of the actually admirable characters in this book.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm 0

On Let's Throw Some Money at Our Problems: December 2013 Check-In

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm 0

On Let's Throw Some Money at Our Problems: December 2013 Check-In

I paid off my credit card! it was at about $600 at the beginning of December, when I started a new job, and I used my double paychecks in December(one from the old and one from the new job) to pay it all off! Next I am working on a student loan serviced by Nelnet, and also saving money for a trip to New York in the fall.

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm 1

On Friday Estimate

@LookUponMyWorks I guess I just miss the glory days of paying $45 for a full price sweater, and less if it was on sale, instead of crossing my fingers that the sweater I wanted was still available while waiting for it to be discounted to $45 from $90. Their prices have gone way up in the past 4 years.

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 10:46 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@LookUponMyWorks What is up with LOFT's prices? Their sale prices used to be way more affordable.

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 10:28 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I am going to TWO Origami Owl parties, and I want to support my friends and independent women who unfortunately work for pyramid schemes, so I will probably spend about $150 on necklaces, and then Old Navy is having a sweater sale, and I need some sweaters for my NEW JOB that starts after Thanksgiving. "Need". $200?

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 9:45 am 2

On Big Food Is Coming For Us

@cuminafterall Unless you live in an area with a really strong recycling program, bags and boxes are non-recyclable--even tetra pak. My community can handle recycling cans, but can't recycle yogurt cups, let alone tetra pak. That said, my husband is all over Campbell's chili in a bag.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 8:40 am 0