@Name@twitter there aren't many of them, and they're almost all on the west coast (or very close to the west coast). List of server wages by state here, for the curious: http://www.dol.gov/whd/state/tipped.htm#.UHh3J7e9Kc0
What do people who live in states that have the same required minimum wage for servers as for everyone else think about tipping issues? I ask this question as a person who lives in one such state and also works (pretty damn hard) in retail making just barely more than minimum wage. I always tip well, but sometimes it leaves a bad taste in my mouth that it's an expectation for all service at a restaurant, so even a server who's not providing good customer service is always making more than someone in a retail position providing excellent customer service making the same base hourly wage because there's no expectation of a tip. It doesn't influence the way I tip, but it is something I think about sometimes. Not intended to ruffle any feathers because I think most servers (and people in retail) should be making a lot more than they do, but curious about how/if others think about this.
Dryel makes home dry cleaning kits that are pretty cheap and work really well! You just spray some stuff on them and throw them in a bag in the dryer. For wool sweaters--not jackets and pants probably, but sweaters definitely--grab a bottle of eucalan, soak them in your sink and just dry them flat. Super easy and way cheaper than dry cleaning. Sincerely, A Lady with Very Little Money and Lots of Wool
Yes! The Billfold has been so good for me! I just graduated from college, I'm unemployed, and I'm thinking a lot about what I'm going to do with my money once I actually become employed (e.g. not spend it all on stupid shit/actually have a savings account/pay off my student loans/buy grown-up clothes). The Billfold has helped me so much to feel like I can talk about this stuff and like there are lots of cool things I can do to be good at, or at least better at, money. Yay!
As a person with about a quarter of the amount of debt this guy had (but also I don't have an MBA and probably have no hopes of making more than $25k once I actually find a job), this really bummed me out, but not because he had so much debt? I'm down with consuming less and cutting out expenses, but bringing a flask to bars and missing good friends' weddings when you've chosen a totally arbitrary time limit to get yourself out of debt seems like a) the worst year ever and b) being kind of a drag? Maybe I'm just bitter since I'll probably have to spend ten years paying off my significantly smaller amount of debt, but couldn't he have taken, like, three years instead? Plus he sold a lot of shit that a lot of people don't have at all. I think it's, like, exciting and everything that he's not in debt anymore, but maybe if he hadn't bought two cars, a motorcycle and a house he would have been in less debt to begin with?