On Majoring in Economics and Making Money

@DebtOrAlive I loved a lot about my undergrad degree and current job, but definitely if I could go back in time I would do an Econ degree instead of Anthropology. I am now slavishly devoted to pop economics podcasts and essays and books and it's just so neat.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm 0

On Majoring in Economics and Making Money

@andnowlights I thought that was very weird too (I graduated in 2008 with an arts degree and boyyyyy did no one I know make these salaries). But apparently they use "starting" to mean two years experience which is a little bit different. I wonder if they don't count those who go back to grad school within two years, or who are unemployed, because there is no way that this is the average.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm 0

On Updates: Medical Bill Solved + Two Vacuums

I need an update on your shifty Amazon-box-thieving neighbour, Mike Dang!

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:40 pm 0

On Some Costs Associated With My Roommate’s Boyfriend

I would be so tempted to do something immature and vengeful, like leaving out a decoy bottle of Tide filled with bleach to ruin all his clothes. (FREE IDEA HANNAH). I had a boyfriend in college who lives with two friends, and one of their girlfriend's was the worst for stuff like this. She would use other people's towels and leave them in wet heaps on the floor, and then if you pointed it out she would say, "Well, I don't have my own towel" as if this was an insurmountable obstacle.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:11 am 3

On Fronting

Can't stop picturing the "friend" in the leading anecdote as Tom Haverford from Parks & Rec. Entertainment 720 forever!

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm 2

On How Do Couples Use Joint Accounts?

My partner and I got a joint account after a year of living together-- we found keeping a joint spreadsheet of household expenses suuuper tedious. We pay all our bills from it (rent, internet, power, renter's insurance) and also buy all common household expenses: liquor, groceries, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, movie tickets etc. Also meals out, unless it's a special occasion where one of us is treating the other to a birthday dinner or something. If it's something we both use, we buy it on the joint account. If you weren't a beer drinker, I could see you asking your husband not to buy beer on the shared account, for instance. We're still working out how much to contribute to it each month, since it's a new thing, but we both just deposited a bunch of money into it and we're going to track how much we spend out of it and top it up equally when necessary. We don't have a joint credit card, but for example, if I buy us flights or book a hotel on my credit card, my partner just directly pays his half of the expense onto my credit card. This seems easier and preferable to getting a joint one. So far this system works great for us, but we're both employed and fairly financially secure, so grocery expenses aren't a relationship stress. I can see it being more of a contentious issue if you were in a relationship with someone who had way different spending habits than you, or if you weren't each contributing in a way that felt fair.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm 1

On When One Person Earns More Than the Other in a Relationship

@TaffetaDarling Co-sign on the eyeroll. I have no idea how long it takes to "start building" a fruit basket, but taking out the trash and putting a lock on a door is like 15 minutes of your day.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm 0

On When Movies Are Funded By Fans

@Lily Rowan If it did I can't remember any retcons that bugged me at the time (and I am usually that brat who is like "BUT LISTEN GUYS THIS IS DIFFERENT IN THE COMIC"), but maybe the only solution now is to rewatch all the original episodes and then Serenity and compare with fresh eyes.

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 11:13 am 0

On Who Had the Richest Parents? Comparing Current Income to How You Grew Up

I am pretty sure that after adjusting for inflation, I currently make less than my mom did at my age (26). BUT, when my mom was 26 it was possible to be a full-time permanent college prof with an unfinished PhD. Nowadays her job wouldn't be available to someone with the same CV, and it would pay a lot less. I'm curious about how they adjust for the market value of different professions-- PhDs in the 1970s were a lot less plentiful and the jobs more lucrative than freshly-minted PhDs today. I guess I should look at the graphs!

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 11:12 am 0

On When Movies Are Funded By Fans

@Aunt Scar Wait, do people not like Serenity? I love Firefly and on the whole thought the movie was great. I would rather Firefly have had three or four full-length seasons to flesh out the storylines, but I thought it was an elegant conclusion, and Chiwetel Ejiofor is perfect in it. What's the beef?

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm 0