I'm pretty sure Jonathan Morduch is on this project, so OF COURSE it's awesome.
This is timely, we JUST got our most recent electricity bill. We are 2 people who live in a 2 bedroom, 1850 sq. ft. place in Los Angeles. The electricity charges for 4/12/13 to 6/12/13 were $60, so I guess that's actually $30/month. This charge is separate from gas or sanitation fees.
i would think that there are some differences between the kind of kid who can take on an unpaid internship and the kind of kid who does not take on an unpaid internship - namely, financial necessity. so the kids who had the unpaid internship may also be less of a go-getter when it comes to seeking employment afterward.
What a lovely, lovely thing this is. I would love to hear about other collaborative home duties, like childcare co-op or house cleaning co-op.
I recently bought a car, and I have to say, I really got a lot out of the website truecar. (I'm not affiliated with it at all, and I also looked at Edmunds.) They tell you factory invoice, manufacturer's suggested retail price, average price paid, and a price guaranteed by their website. Their posted prices include dealer fees and destination fees but not sales tax or service agreement costs. It is possible to have a dealer contact you via email and give you a guaranteed price, though I didn't end up doing that because the partner dealerships were too far from my work/home. But just being armed with the knowledge of what most people pay gave me a lot of confidence in negotiation. What I bought was the first car I had ever purchased for myself (I drove the car my parents bought when I was 16 for a long time), and I feel like I got a decent deal. So: endorse truecar.
@sheistolerable YES! Though I live in LA, so it's almost possible to go tightsless year-round. @ellabella Planned for and then purchased? Good work. @EM primer was suggested by a salesperson, and it seemed upsell-y, so I didn't do it, but maybe that should be the next step. I'm just resistant to primer for foundation, eyeshadow AND lipstick. That's a lot of extra product! But it's seeming like possibly that's the solution here. Or just to drink more water?
@sheistolerable Yes. I think that the target audience for Matt's piece should really be the parents, friends of parents, and relatives in the same generation as parents or older. I firmly stated when we got engaged that there would be no gifts; relented after months of being hounded by both of our moms and got my husband to make a small and sensible registry, all the items of which were purchased; and then accepted lots of really lovely other things that people just gave anyway. My takeaway was that some people really want to give gifts. It's a celebration, an acknowledgement of you, and just a nice gesture. The registry is a practicality for those people, but not an obligation for anyone else to give a gift! It seems all wrong and unfair to me, too, though, and I love the idea of giving to people for other milestone occasions, possibly on a case-by-case basis. Starting grad school? Just long-term moved across the country? 25th birthday? Moving in together? I don't know. Something.
@cuminafterall I tried the lipliner in a color close to the lipstick! It ALSO ended up looking really dry and uneven. Bad lipliner? I used L'Oreal. @ceereelyo It's within the 30 day window, but I don't think it's a bad product so much as user error. I don't really want to return it, I haven't truly given up hope yet that somehow, some way I could actually figure out how to wear lipstick. Maybe I'll follow the recommendations for chubby lip pencil. Thanks, all! Sorry, Logan, for going TOTALLY consumerist on your itemization of temptations avoided.
@joyballz ignorance is bliss. (ignorance of the crazy uneven and sort of dry cracking mess that actually extends to my teeth!) @Madeline Shoes yeah, I think I'm just doomed to smoky eye, no lipstick forever. The lady at Sephora tried to convince me lip primer was the way to go, but I'm skeptical. It doesn't help that I have really full lips, so all mistakes are crazy prominent.
Oh man, I hate to feed the temptation beast, but I really did go to an Anthropologie a couple of weeks ago with the 15% off birthday card they send. There was indeed the perfect fitting summer dress on the sale rack for $60, and all the sale stuff was an additional 50% off the marked price, so with my birthday coupon it was actually $25.46 plus tax. I've worn it three times already. So then I bought a lipstick at Sephora because I told myself I need to learn how to wear lipstick to be a grown up haha. But I only went for Sephora brand, $12. That I've only worn once and it was a disaster! I am no good at wearing lipstick.