To save money I packed lunches, which due to living in a dorm included the tried and true Annie's mac & cheese in a single serving packet. I figured they were healthier than the cheaper Kraft Easy Mac version and doused them using the kitchen's communal Tapatío bottle. My older coworkers, self-identified as retail queens, would often order in from Juan's down the street and gave me their castoff, fresh-fried flour tortilla chips.
Logan: This has been a week of not spending for me, because I already spent all my money and we don't get paid for … some days. So, no, I can't go to dinner. And no, I can't go to the bar. But the question is, do I go beyond that, in talking to friends? Do I say, I can't go not because I don't want to see you—I really want to see you!—I just have no money?
Jessica Tate is a name I made up for a Canadian person living in New York City that spoke with me recently about her life.
Logan: I just spent a long time reading Wikipedia pages about Easter and eggs and bunnies, and what I discovered was: Eggs and rabbits have been symbols of fertility and rebirth, forever, even Before Jesus, and then after Jesus, the egg also became a symbol of the tomb, though most people ignore that part. "Here, have this tomb." Also, symbolism is great. That is what I learned today.
Mike: One of the things we examined this week was what debt means to us as individuals. What should we think about when paying it off? There is no one right answer, of course, because debt means something different to each of us. So let's talk about this. Logan, your debt is all consumer, right? You don't have any student loans.
Beverly: I'm a 24-year-old publicist working in New York City. My official title is "Senior Account Executive." I earn $44,000 a year, but that's very recent (within the past month).
Rich Person: His bonus in 2012 was $85,000, and this year it will be $100,000. And the big, big change is that his base salary went from $65,000 last year to $160,000 this year.
The second in a series about depression and money.