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Disposable income--for the first time ever. What's normal?

I never had disposable income, so I'm realizing I have a weird relationship with money and things.  Now that I'm making enough to feel rich (without actually being rich?), what stuff would make my life way better?  What do normal people spend money on?  I can get over this on my own, right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2012 - 76 answers

How to cool an area in a loft with no windows?!!

How to cool a small area of a giant loft with no windows? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Sep 9, 2012 - 10 answers

greater west london by the airport?

What is it like living in Hounslow or out Heathrow Airport way? Is it possible to find a three-bedroom house to rent that would allow pets? Are there lots of coffee shops?
posted by parmanparman on Jul 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Where should I live in San Francisco?

I will likely be moving from Australia to San Francisco to take a job soon. Which neighbourhood would be best for me personally to live? More inside that might help you make a suggestion. [more inside]
posted by jimwhimpey on Jul 27, 2012 - 34 answers

How do we choose an assisted living facility?

Help with choosing assisted living facility?What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Jul 26, 2012 - 11 answers

How to exit gracefully from an unworkable & unaffordable living situation?

Back in May I cosigned a lease for an apartment with a friend of a friend running from July to July. Thanks to changing circumstances since then, I can't afford it and I have no choice but to get out of the whole arrangement by September, before university starts back up again. The province I'm in has extremely pro-tenant rental laws, so transferring the lease will not be a problem. What concerns me is dropping this bomb on the cosigner, who is 4000 km away until, well, just when I'd have to leave. Since we were introduced in April for the purposes of being roommates, he's also shown himself to be far more naive than he appears when it comes to stuff like this. But I've also committed a huge error in judgement by signing for this place, and I feel guilty for helping to convince him. I've accepted I'll have to burn more than one bridge. But I'm way too overwhelmed by the hundreds of responsibilities have piled up on my shoulders, and need to tell him very soon. How do I make this as quick, painless and guilt-free as is possible? More on the "changing circumstances" inside: read just the bold bits if you're short on time. [more inside]
posted by denmarkstreet on Jul 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Rent or not rent? Decisions, decisions.

How to move past my uncertainties and come to a decision, and fast? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Jul 19, 2012 - 27 answers

Time to make some b-b-boundaries

My boyfriend and I are helping out a homeless couple and a homeless single girl-- how do I set boundaries and time limits without seeming pushy? When is enough enough? How do I truly help them? Lots and lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Jul 2, 2012 - 24 answers

What should I know about Vermont living?

What should I know about living in Vermont? [more inside]
posted by firei on May 23, 2012 - 20 answers

Ennui - why?

I feel really fed up and I don't know why or what to do about it. My current situation may be the best one for me at the moment, so why do I feel unhappy? (A lot of long snowflakiness inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Headed to Beantown, but I promise not to call it Beantown.

We're moving to Boston. Where should we live? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2012 - 26 answers

Kipple, kipple everywhere!

I am a recovering hoarder who still has a tendency to cheer herself up with Stuff. What are some good presents or treats that won't lead to me increasing the level of kipple in my life? And how do you deal with decluttering when things feel pointless? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 22 answers

Safe and boring places to live on the Amtrak train route near Emeryville, CA?

I'm looking for super-safe, reasonably nice, boring places to live in the Bay area, specifically a location that would allow me to walk to an Amtrak station and use Amtrak to commute daily to a work location that's next to the Amtrak Station in Emeryville, CA. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Mar 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Voracious Living

Voracious living . . . how? DarlingBri's freaking awesome comment in this thread got me thinking about living voraciously. Because that's something I'm really interested in doing. How does one go about living voraciously?
posted by Sassyfras on Mar 5, 2012 - 19 answers

Stalking The Elusive Apartment

So, I came out as transgendered about a year ago, and I'm finally financially secure enough to move out of my urban rednecky neighborhood. This, of course, leaves me with a few questions. [more inside]
posted by Toby Dammit X on Mar 4, 2012 - 16 answers

something rockin' in the state of Denmark?

Is Denmark (specifically Copenhagen) a terrible or awesome place to live as an expat? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 3, 2012 - 12 answers

If you could live anywhere...

I'm sick of Oklahoma, sick of cold and snow, sick of everything to do with this place. I want out of the state, but cant' decide where to go next. Over the last few years I've lived in San Diego, Orlando, Cocoa Beach, the Chicago area, Tulsa Ok, and originally the Phoenix area. Most of my moves have been prompted by having a friend with a couch willing to pick me up from the Greyhound station, but this time I'd like to go somewhere completely new and for the first time truly start over on my own. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Dec 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Ideas for Partitioning a Room to Save On Heating Costs

Anybody have ideas for a how to partition our living room from our kitchen to conserve heat/energy? But in a cheap yet stylish way? Opening between the two rooms is about 10-14 feet wide (image a normal doorway about seven times the width, maybe the size of a small garage door) [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Dec 14, 2011 - 12 answers

How to confirm whether boyfriend is cheating without creating a shipload of unnecessary melodrama?

I think my boyfriend is cheating on me, or at least looking for opportunities to do so. The problem is, if I can't trust him not to cheat, then I also can't trust him to tell the truth if I confront him. So how do I deal with this? (details below) [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Dec 10, 2011 - 48 answers

Successful Friend-Roomie-dom

Has Anyone Successfully Survived Living with a Best Friend? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Dec 5, 2011 - 20 answers

A Year of ______

Help me find books about A Year Doing One Highly Particular and Possibly Silly Thing [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Nov 25, 2011 - 30 answers

Help convince me that it's okay to raise our baby in an apartment.

Help convince me that it's okay to raise our baby in an apartment. [more inside]
posted by jrichards on Nov 16, 2011 - 31 answers

Office Space

Best practices for moving computer and printer into living area without it looking terrible? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Sep 27, 2011 - 19 answers

Inventive ideas for a more pleasant living space

How can I soup up my apartment for maximum enjoyment, for less than $200/month? [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Aug 29, 2011 - 19 answers

US Tax Law Change for Americans Living Abroad

As a US citizen, living and working abroad for many years, I recently heard of a new law that I must file tax returns on the US by Aug 31, 2011 or face a penalty. Anyone know about this? If US citizens live and pay taxes abroad, they generally are exempt up to $91,500.
posted by foxinsocks on Aug 27, 2011 - 9 answers

worlds at the feet

Where should I live? [more inside]
posted by past on Jul 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me live well in a van.

I'm going to be moving into a van for awhile. What should I expect and what are some things I can do to make it as comfortable as possible? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 20, 2011 - 19 answers

End of life organization?

What do I need to know to prepare for my parents (hopefully far in the future) death? What should they have ready? What about to make my or my partner's death/incapacitaton easier on the other? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Jul 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Lawyer up, or download?

Our local credit union offers an estate planning program for a good price ($350 for a couple) which includes will, durable POA, healthcare POA, living will and HIPPA authorization. I want to do this. We have 2 children. My husband thinks we can save $ by downloading forms off the internet and getting them notarized. But I believe getting the package done at the credit union (prepared by a lawyer) is a better idea. Isn't it? [more inside]
posted by kirst27 on Jun 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Assisted living help with Parkinson's

I have an aunt who is caring for her husband who is suffering from Parkinson's and dementia. She need to lock him in at night and he is basically incorherant. She get home care from 7am - 3pm, but after that is on her own. She is running out of money and options and lives in Massachusetts. What agency can I contact to better understand her options in terms of insurance and assisted living?
posted by rryan on Jun 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Living Trust vs Will

Living trust versus a will for a married couple with minor children and moderate assets? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Jun 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Setting up a 3 month home in Dublin?

Living in Dublin 9, by DCU. No car, own nothing but some clothes in a suitcase, and will be here for the next three months. Currently eating off of paper plates (the only plates I could find) and groceries (expensive, I think?) from the nearby Eurospar. How can I best manage being without a car, and how do I feed myself cheaply here? [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jun 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for living in Boulder. Please help.

I've been struggling with finding a place to live for my friend and I for the month of July in Boulder, CO. I feel like I've exhausted everything...craigslist, AirBnB, VRBO. What are we doing wrong and where should we be looking? Is the summer rental market in Boulder that tough? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jun 8, 2011 - 11 answers

What's it like to live in Durham?

What is it like to live in Durham, NC? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 30, 2011 - 19 answers

How can you change how you think and analyze things?

How can you change how you think and analyze things? How do you think and analyze things in different ways? [more inside]
posted by markbao on May 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Move into my dad's basement suite?

My parents are splitting up after 36 years. My dad will be buying a house of his own. If he gets a place with a basement suite and I move into it, what pitfalls should I be aware of? I'm 30. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2011 - 37 answers

Help me find an industrial space to live in.

One of my lifelong dreams is to live in a warehouse, container, or other industrial/repurposed structure. Can I do this in the San Francisco Bay Area (specifically Oakland)? Do you know someone who is? Should I look outside Oakland? [more inside]
posted by fake on May 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Rural living close to the big city?

Is it possible to live in a green/rural area while commuting to downtown Portland? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for a cheap, car-not-required place to live that actually has jobs.

I'm looking for a place to live in the U.S. that is a) relatively affordable (compared to Los Angeles), b) does not require a car to get around and c) does not suffer from sky-high unemployment. Does such a place exist?
posted by allseeingabstract on May 3, 2011 - 26 answers

Do we need a Living Trust?

In California, what are the benefits of a Revocable Living Trust and a will? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

My living situation is perfect. But I'm not satisfied with it. Is there a way to fix it? Should I leave? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Average energy/water use of adults vs children?

I live in a house shared amongst 10 tenants, including 2 children, aged 12 and 8. We're trying to figure out a fair way to divide electricity/gas/water bills. Specifically, how much less utilities should the children be charged for, and until which age? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Mar 31, 2011 - 24 answers

Where should a cyclist live in Austin?

I'm moving back to Austin, but I'm not sure where to live. Partner will be working downtown and I'll be working in the campus area. However, since I've been gone I've really gotten into cycling and that weighs heavily upon the decision. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Mar 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Where can I get a "male makeover" if such a thing exists?

Is there such a thing as a place where you can get a "male makeover"? Or get fashion advice for guys? I'm in NYC, which might make it easier.
posted by markbao on Mar 27, 2011 - 5 answers

I want to see the inside of my childhood home. Is this possible, now that other people live there?

I want to see the inside of my childhood home. Is this possible, now that other people live there? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Mar 6, 2011 - 28 answers

2011 Cost of Living Increase for NYC

I am meeting with my boss for my annual review. I have not have a raise almost since I started four years ago. Is there an easy way to determine the NYC cost of living increase for 2011? I've tried to use teh google but no luck. Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Feb 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Can an actor who only acts once in a while make a living as an actor?

HollywoodFilter: Can Demore Barnes, actor on The Unit, one of my favourite TV series, make a living as an actor? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Feb 14, 2011 - 15 answers

I love Detroit, but should I live here?

I love Detroit, but should I live here? There's a lot of personal reasons that I want to live in Detroit, but crime and security issues have strained me financially. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Dec 3, 2010 - 11 answers

cool towns around DC?

I'm looking for a cool town near DC. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Nov 24, 2010 - 23 answers

A Van Down By The River

My wife and I live in an expensive (by non-NYC standards) NYC apartment. Recently, lamenting how much of our salary went down the rent drain, we wondered if we could save money by living in a van. (This is a thought experiment. We're not really planning on doing it.) Is this feasible economically? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 20, 2010 - 53 answers

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