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How do you buy nice things?

How do you (as in, what is your process to) buy nice things for yourself? Have you overcome an overly frugal mindset? How did you make the shift? Do you treat yoself when it's financially OK to do so? How do you choose to treat yourself without going overboard? Tell me your luxury-buying ways. [more inside]
posted by seemoorglass to Shopping at 4:22 AM on Aug 23, 2019 - 25 answers [15 favorites]

"How is wire fraud even a choice on the Class Dojo drop-down menu?"

My daughter and I like to joke that she's committing various crimes at school and receiving negative classroom points for them. I need more suggestions about crimes she could commit. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp to Grab Bag at 3:55 PM on Aug 22, 2019 - 46 answers [14 favorites]

Help me find the right kind of musical showing off

I’d like to train my ear and learn enough music theory to be able to confidently play popular music by ear. There’s loads of instructional videos out there, but what I want to see (for motivation and just for interest) is people with highly trained ears and theory brains showing off what they can do. [more inside]
posted by tomcooke to Media & Arts at 12:23 PM on Aug 22, 2019 - 8 answers [11 favorites]

Help me conquer the world and still get a good nights sleep

I love strategy games like Civ, but the downside is that they take a lot of time to play, and all the "just one more turn"s add up quickly. Does anyone know of any fun similar games that can be played in a single sitting?
posted by nalyd to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:04 PM on Aug 22, 2019 - 13 answers [11 favorites]

Tell me your favorite cold dinner recipes that aren't salad or gazpacho!

It is officially the hottest day of the year in my neck of the woods, and I'm serving dinner for six. We want a cold meal, and it needs to be vegetarian (not necessarily vegan) friendly! We're a little burnt out on gazpacho and greens salads, so what else can we prepare?
posted by FakeFreyja to Food & Drink at 9:22 AM on Aug 23, 2019 - 22 answers [11 favorites]

Two questions about to-do list app features

I'm looking for to-do list apps that meets my needs for two different projects. Two specific questions within. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone to Computers & Internet at 11:48 AM on Aug 22, 2019 - 6 answers [8 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

How to Be a Clean Person?

You have a home. The household goods, materials, and linens in it are clean, fresh, and not discolored or covered with a fine film of grease, despite your copious cooking and sweating and living. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna to Home & Garden at 11:40 AM on Aug 23, 2019 - 5 answers [7 favorites]

Addictive Podcasts for a Road Trip

Please recommend to me some of the finest, addictive serial podcasts for an upcoming road trip. [more inside]
posted by nanook to Media & Arts at 5:19 PM on Aug 20, 2019 - 14 answers [49 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Do I really need McAfee on my new laptop?

I recently purchased a Lenovo ideapad 330. Ever since setup, McAfee popups have been trying to browbeat me into subscribing, but my understanding was that Lenovo 330s came with Windows Defender, but I'm not finding that when I search my computer? Suggestions?
posted by DrAstroZoom to Computers & Internet at 12:04 PM on Aug 22, 2019 - 15 answers [5 favorites]

Is this a gender thing?

Curious if gender socialization plays a role in what we do as soon as we get home (after work, errands, school etc). If you transitioned or are non-binary, please answer too. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi to Human Relations at 6:14 PM on Aug 22, 2019 - 76 answers [5 favorites]


Please help me establish mental reference points for the many subgenres of heavy metal music by recommending exemplars. [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok to Media & Arts at 10:00 AM on Aug 21, 2019 - 18 answers [31 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

How to maintain existing friendships after sobriety

Newish sobriety (weeks), and looking for some non-alcohol centered activities to maintain relationships with friends who drink, but are not alcoholics. Because of me, almost all of our social activities in recent years have involved alcohol. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 7:45 AM on Aug 22, 2019 - 18 answers [12 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

When does kidsplaining become mansplaining?

At what point do you start to redirect a child who's telling you stuff you already know? How? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee to Human Relations at 6:45 AM on Aug 22, 2019 - 33 answers [10 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

How can I set up an internal company email digest?

At my small (5 people) company I am regularly forwarding articles of interest, links to social media posts, etc. I'd like to try to organize it a little better. Is there a tool that I can add articles to as I come across them, and then will send out an email "digest" when I ask it to? I suppose people are using slack for this nowadays, but I work with some app-phobic people who need to receives this as an email. Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon to Technology at 7:53 AM on Aug 22, 2019 - 8 answers [5 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

How to use doubanjiang (without a good Chinese supermarket)?

Hey, it's the long-awaited (by me, anyway) follow-up to my 2012 question on where to buy the stuff. I finally did! Now, I want to crowdsource ideas for what to cook with it. What are your favorite recipes that use doubanjiang + ingredients I can find at a regular US grocery store? [more inside]
posted by capricorn to Food & Drink at 9:36 AM on Aug 22, 2019 - 9 answers [4 favorites]

How should a ladies suit fit?

I mostly know how to dress myself like a grown up, but I need a suit for next week. Can someone please show me pictures of what a well-fitting ladies suit should look like? I'm mostly concerned about the jacket/blazer side of things. I've found some fit guides online, but they are all woefully under-illustrated for me. [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:10 AM on Aug 23, 2019 - 13 answers [4 favorites]

Best medical alert device for MIL?

My mother-in-law will be moving to our town in a few months. Please help me figure out the best way medical alert device for her. [more inside]
posted by widdershins to Technology at 8:25 AM on Aug 22, 2019 - 9 answers [3 favorites]

Is there an explanation for the onset of back pain as a stomach sleeper?

I've been a stomach sleeper as long as I can remember. However, over the past four weeks I've been waking up with lower back pain. Online searches suggest that is a common side effect for stomach sleepers - your lower back being forced to extend beyond its normal limits. I've been trying to understand a) why has this started happening all of the sudden, and b) what is the solution? Many possibly pertinent details below. [more inside]
posted by offrecord to Health at 7:57 PM on Aug 22, 2019 - 7 answers [3 favorites]

Dog questions redux (tiny dog edition)

Around a month ago, my beloved rescue Huggy (of many earlier questions) died of a sudden heart attack. I miss her dreadfully, but I feel like I kept my promise to make sure she was a princess the rest of her days. Now because of a number of reasons, I'm taking in two middle aged chihuahua mix dogs on a foster-to-adopt base and I find myself with a number of questions. Relevant topics: eyecare, neglect, introductions. small dog tips [more inside]
posted by frumiousb to Pets & Animals at 8:55 PM on Aug 22, 2019 - 11 answers [3 favorites]

Help me write for the teevee!

My friend has happened into an Executive Producer role for a new syndicated daytime talk show which will be produced in a major non-California Western city. (Think lifestyle, health, food, good vibes). The star/creator has won an Emmy for an earlier daytime show and is a veteran of TV and radio. They want me to be a writer! NOW WHAT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Media & Arts at 7:33 AM on Aug 23, 2019 - 0 answers [3 favorites]

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