On The Cost of Optimism

Not buying produce that comes in big bags (like a 5 lb. sack of potatoes, or a bag of 5 avocados) helps cut back on stuff that gets thrown away. Also my trick for getting myself to eat fruit (your motivation will go WAYYYY down once you're at work) is to cut it up before you leave and put it in a container.

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm 0

On Food Truck Tipping

The only thing I wouldn't tip for is if I were just buying a soda. But food truck, bakery, burrito counter, etc- I usually can't afford to tip super generously, but if I can't afford to tip at all I don't go. And yes I would also tip at McDonald's if it were allowed. But it's best not to tip when you know you're not supposed to- you could get the employee in trouble or possibly even fired :( Feeling entitled to a tip, and "reminding" your customers to give you one though... nope.

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm 0

On Considering Culinary School

Weasley's right, the best way to end up cooking for a living is to start as a dishwasher or waiter. I started as a waitress and became a baker. Culinary school is a waste of time and money because the executive chef would rather see kitchen experience on your resume than a degree. A lot of kids come out of Johnson & Wales who can make a real pretty cake, but they can't do it quickly, and they don't work well under pressure. Alternatively, check out culinary programs at community colleges and if you're into pastry, take Wilton classes. But spending 2 years and thousands of dollars on a culinary education to work a job where you will probably make $10/hr just... doesn't make sense.

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm 0

On What's Your Financial Outlook This Year?

Great! My goal at Thanksgiving was to pay off my two credit cards by the end of the year, and I succeeded. Channeling Snufkin (from the Moomin books) and trying to not care so much about Things and be more about Doing Stuff, which is why I will be hocking the expensive-ass action figure I preordered last spring in favor of a plane ticket to Texas. Woo!

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm 2

On WWYD: The Found Ring

Sell it sell it. For whoever lost it, that's very sad, but in the end it's just a piece of jewelry.

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

On On Immigrants And Being Cheap

@Pumpkin It's true. When you're making yourself or others around you miserable, it's time to plunk down the cash already.

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm 0

On I Want to Travel the World for Cheap, So I Started With Montreal (Success)

This was great and I hope you write more! I'm always trying to figure out cheap solo vacations. Maybe some more tips for socializing and meeting new people for us shy-but-social hobbit-types?

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm 0

On The Costs of Not Dying From Rabies

My friend was jogging on a bike path in Boston and a bat flew into her face! They didn't round up the bat for testing, but the doctor told her that since it didn't break the skin, she didn't need shots.

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm 0

On Avoid TMI When Calling in Sick

Sadly, the people you'd most like to stay home when they're sick (foodservice workers!) are the ones who are least likely to. At my last bakery job there were such ridiculous guilt trips associated with call-ins that I waited three weeks to take care of a sinus infection. At which point zero fucks were given about guilt trips because I could barely stand.

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm 2

On Paying to Clean Clothes In the Dry Way

Silk and cashmere can totally go in the wash. And you can get an iron for around $5. Also, if you're interested keeping your clothes nice for years to come, waiting until they are filthy to get them cleaned is not the way to do it. Perspiration and body oils deteriorate fabrics- that's why many vintage items have rot under the arms.

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm 1