I do genuinely understand that there are people who fall into this, but I wish articles like this didn't present this scenario as something you will INEVITABLY fall into if you get a credit cards with points. I just started using a B of A cash rewards card this year (1% back on everything, 2% on groceries, 3% on gas). I pay the bill every month and don't pay interest. I keep meticulous records in Quicken of what I spend. Much of what goes on the card is actually recurring bills that are already in my budget so in essence I'm just writing all those checks at once instead of several at a time. And you know what? I don't spend more than I did before, and yet I'm getting free money back from it. Yes, it takes more accounting overhead and a bit of willpower to do it right. I don't judge people who don't have the time or inclination to do this as being bad or wrong somehow, but don't judge me as being some kind of doomed sucker.
@peacheater I just "liked" that last comment in my head.
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@honey cowl I don't think her mom meant "a relationship that has currently been going on for three years," but "a relationship that ends after three years."
@Sloane The book focus a lot on people who completely left the work force to focus on these things, in part because of the conditions of their job and things like lack of maternity leave. So while canning on the weekends might not be a withdrawal quitting your job to garden and sew all your own clothes might be one.
@Beans I like all those things too and I don’t feel like this article was criticizing those interests. I love that there are so many online resources and communities for DIY projects and crafting and cooking and everything. I read this more as pointing out that if someone can afford to leave their job and just pursue their(fun!) unprofitable interests and passions, that is an unattainable goal for most people, and not one that will make general workplace condition better for workers.
@KayleighS If he's going to describe the typical middle class household as an "exploding volcano of wastefulness" then yes, I think he's telling half the story about the problems they're experiencing.
@notpollyanna Oh good lord, Shimer. Glorified babysitting for rich people's kids who don't have to worry about finding their own way/careers.
@seaermine Speaking only for myself, high school math in no way prepared me for college math. And I'm pretty sure there are no right or wrong answers in actual higher math.
@notpollyanna I am legitimately super curious how you decided a math degree would be too easy.
This is so awful and I'm so outraged on your behalf.