(and i also love the 7% employer contribution to my 403b!)
i know for certain that i could never handle the anxiety of freelance life. i love my regular biweekly paycheck that i get for just showing up to my desk every day and doing my assignments. i've been at my desk job for 3 years now and i realized the other day that what i enjoy about office life is that the work doesn't really feel like WORK- it just feels like a habit. it's this thing i do every day, much like my morning run, that i just do automatically and doesn't require too much mental coaxing. (not to suggest that i'm a robot who just does the minimum at my job and leaves- i am a writer, so it does require daily use of my brain in new ways).
it's funny, i work in fundraising and development and yet have never so much have answered those phone calls from my alma mater, let alone given any money. it's not a matter of debt- i am very, very lucky to have no student debt-it's just that i don't feel any particular fondness for my school. philanthropy, on whatever scale, is personal. we give to what we care about. and i don't particularly care about my school.
@MemphisBlues yes, i should have been more specific- i'm talking about fundraising. my nonprofit's budget is 9 figures so we are well-established enough not to have to do a lot of scrambling, which makes my job a lot easier. mostly it's about maintaining existing relationships with preexisting donors.
I work at a nonprofit in NYC and make a livable wage... I think the key is to work for a very large, very well-established nonprofit.
parties in off-season beach houses? i must have been ahead of my time, because i did that all throughout high school! oh wait they mean actual adult parties? never mind. different.
as a woman, i am erring on the side of caution with saving because i might not get married and have the benefit of two incomes. whereas for our mothers, that was usually more of a guarantee.
point of clarification- most of those sale links you posted are affiliate links. are those yours (by which i mean the billfold's) or do they belong to the blogs where you found them?
international airlines >>>>>>> US airlines. always.