Oh GST, how I hate you so.
Since the increase (12.5 to 15 per cent) I have most definitely noticed prices creeping up. 1kg cheese – $11 on special (instead of $10). A can of tomatoes – $1.49 on special (instead of $1.29 or even 99c). Cornflakes are now $2.99 instead of $2.79. 2 litres of milk – $3.53 instead of $3.45. They really are taking every opportunity to milk us, figuratively!
And even though it’s practically November and hence, officially summer, capsicums are still $2.50 EACH. Cucumbers $2.99 EACH. Tomatoes, $6.99/kg. Ridiculous; we really must buy a plant of our own asap.
So that’s my bitch and moan out of the way. If we have to increase our budget to maintain our eating decently, so be it.
Here’s a survival guide for freelance journos. A realistic take – I love that it’s not all sunshine and roses about crazy earning potential and no more working for the man. Really, whether you work for a media corp or yourself, you won’t get rich either way.
Do librarians have a future, and what will it look like? Thoughts from an insider.
A great guest post at Design Sponge on how to brand your business on a budget.
J Money interviews Clare of Never Niche on her side hustle, waitressing.
Red writes about the perks of her job (many and varied) and her reluctance to give it up.
Is your weight affecting how much you make? Fabulously Broke looks at the research and shares a rundown of businesses she’s run in the past.
Paying Myself blogs about the fallacy that all lawyers are loaded.
Neurotic Workaholic offers some advice on surviving grad school (lord knows I wouldn’t; I was itching to finish my three-year degree like you wouldn’t believe).
At You Have More Than You Think, a discussion on whether poor people should have emergency funds.
Small Steps for Big Change is in a new relationship, but can’t help thinking she wants him for his paycheck (not as gold-digging as that might sound, promise).
First Gen American explains why gorillas don’t have retirement funds.
At Bundle, Kate Ashford asks if you can afford a second child – and whether it actually matters.
Stacking Pennies on carelessness, procrastination and how it can cost you.
I made my first carrot cake not too long ago, and while it was awesome it was also a tad wet. I might try Jules’ recipe next.
At Dinner, A Love Story, a simple baked sausage recipe for those days you want to keep the stovetop clean.
Being Ruth shares her Indian chicken and potato recipe.
Poor Girl makes a quinoa, apple and cranberry cake. Maybe I’ll hunt down quinoa at a bulk foods store, or try adapting it to a wholly flour version. (Don’t suppose couscous is an acceptable substitute?)
Kevin of Closet Cooking whips up a luxurious grilled mushroom in porcini sauce.
I was also intrigued by this salmon and cauliflower casserole, via Not Eating Out in NY.
And Asian Pear pens a lament on foods she craves that ain’t no good for her.
Finally, Iowa Girl Eats shares the kitchen tools she can’t live without
Geek in Heels has a guest blog on TV boyfriends. Gotta say Booth is my number one, no contest!
Suburban Sweetheart on hilarious misheard song lyrics.
StacFace blogs about marriage, respect and boundaries.
The Backpacking Journalist on the five unusual essential items for travellers.
At Yes and Yes, Sarah writes about the mundane and miserable side of travel.
Karen of Living Well on Less on the things you should never say to pregnant women.
Ashley at Writing to Reach You ponders why and how her blog has changed over the years.
Revanche wonders what kind of policy to adopt on drop-in visitors – who don’t always arrive at convenient times.