When I upped my game in terms of grooming and clothes, the response from my co-workers and clients was extremely positive and while I was able to land a new job based on my merits, looking the part certainly helped!
“Since I don’t know of a clear way to make more, I am going somewhere where the same amount hopefully buys more.”
“My salary is $55,000 and the take-home is about $850 a week. This is actually the first cooking job I’ve had where I’ve been salaried and the pay itself is much higher than in the past.”
I interviewed a handful of lowercase-f friends, acquaintances, former coworkers, and internet strangers about how they experience money issues in friendships. Is income disparity a dealbreaker, or no big deal? Is it more awkward to be the rich friend or the broke friend?
“I lived in: a former halfway house (bullets in the kitchen cupboards), an enormous warehouse in central London with 18 others (amazing fun), the lodge in a cemetery (crazy housemate) and the basement flat below some VERY noisy boys with a lovely actress.”
“We make our scones with the freshest ingredients every morning. Sure, it’s more expensive than Starbucks but you’ll be glad to know that the bakers make a living wage with fantastic medical insurance. We don’t pass on any of our life stress into your food.”
“I’m not going to spend anything until Saturday when I have dinner with a friend, but by then I’ll have $80 that I could spend that day.”
“He makes sure I don’t go too far off the saving deep end, and I make sure we have enough money to pay all the bills.”
“Would you be willing to give up restaurants in return for getting up without setting an alarm every day?”
“I actually hate owing money and I (deflect the) blame (onto) my ex. He had a “enjoy now, pay later” mentality that I got caught up in the first year or two we were dating.”
“I have an emergency fund. It’s actually named “What Would Mike Dang Do?” so I don’t access it unless really necessary.”
Emily is a college sophomore living on the East Coast. She belongs to a prosperous Native American tribe in California.
“I think the biggest surprise has been how quickly we’ve moved to more and more merging. Initially we weren’t going to do any sort of joint savings, but we realized that aside from our retirement accounts, our savings goals are really joint goals.”
“When I started farming, there was this sense of urgency about it, as if it was the only thing I could possibly do, regardless of the consequences. I’m a little bit more measured about it now. And I have a much more realistic picture of what it takes to make a living doing it.”