On How a Critical Care Nurse Does Money

@nutmeg I'm in my second semester (out of four) right now and I was pretty proud of myself last week in clinical when I realized that I no longer feel weird or awkward asking people "When was your last bowel movement?"

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm 0

On True Fans of True Detective

I love this!!! More often than not I will look up the true story behind something after I watch it, either because I loved it and I want to know more, or because it sucked and I want to get mad about how they changed the story. I rewatched Zodiac recently and then went on the SAME wikipedia spiral that I had already done five years ago or whatever.

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm 0

On Winter Sports, Ski Tags, and Baby Leather Jackets

@garli Yeah, I've never downhill skied, but I spent my entire childhood doing cross-country. It's really jut the cost of the skis and boots, which you can get used (we always did). I remember learning that for downhill you have to pay just to get up the mountain and being really mystified by that.

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm 0

On More on Those Slabs of Plastic Redeemable for Goods and Services

I used to have the overflowing wallet problem, so I moved all of my punchcards and giftcards and membership cards into a little cloth bag that I keep in my purse. So if I just want the basics I can put my slimmed-down wallet in my pants pocket, and otherwise I have everything else in my purse. Except I switched purses the other day and forgot to transfer it and have thus far missed out on like three punchcard punches at various places, like A TOTAL CHUMP!

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 2:40 am 0

On Money Spent in an Attempt to Save Money This Year

@Adam I also live in Portland. I'm an intermittant bike-rider and I would say the main things keeping me from using my bike as my main source of transportation are weather, not wanting to be sweaty and gross when I arrive at my destination, and max tracks-related trauma (two crashes = I am extremely wary of the whole inner west side, but I'm slowly easing back into that area). The main thing is the sweatiness. If I had access to a shower at my work (or now school) it would be a different story, but right now when I ride to school (4.2 miles one way, generally about 30 minutes depending on stoplights and such) I have to sit around cooling off for another 15-20 minutes, take a paper towel-bath in the restroom and change into a new set of clothes that I have to fit in my bag that's already full of school books and such. It makes the whole process into a giant hassle and the savings is usually not worth the inconvenience to me. I hope that wherever I end up getting a job after I graduate has some kind of locker room/shower facility so that I can bike more consistently because I really do like doing it, and running to work also sounds awesome to me. Also, since you're curious: my car is paid off and I don't pay for parking, so everyday driving costs me about $0.75 in gas per day plus about $3 in insurance/maintenance. So, less than five bucks a day is pretty manageable for me, especially when I add in the ability to get large quantities of toilet paper at Costco, or to easily get out of town for the weekend, or whatever.

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm 0

On What It Costs [Me] to Apply to Grad School

When I applied to nursing school last year, I applied to three different programs at the same school, each with a $120 application fee (plus one had a Masters component, so I had to take the GRE for it). I did get into one of those programs, but ended up going to the other school I'd applied to for a $45 fee. I also had to order official transcripts from all four of my previous colleges for myself and the two schools, which I think was a total of about $75.

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm 0

On What It Costs [Me] to Apply to Grad School

@polka dots vs stripes I also got a 4/6 and I agree that it is COMPLETE bullshit. They don't even give you your essay back with any information about how you could do better! I studied their prep materials and followed their stupid guidelines and it was all for naught.

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm 0

On Let's Throw Some Money at Our Problems: November 2013 Check-In

I didn't throw any money at anything but I did finally sign up for online access to my brand new student loans, which have already accrued $36 in interest so far this semester. Wheee! I don't think I actually have to pay it until I graduate, though, so that's... good?

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 10:47 pm 0

On Wanted: Someone to Do Four Jobs and Have No Life Outside of Work

@Aunt Scar Yeah! He's talked about it on his tumblr a little, but I'd like to hear more about it, too. I get the impression that his income is basically entirely ad revenue. I bet he'd be into an interview; he's very candid about his life in general. http://jephjacques.com/post/16909035600/qa-dump-26 http://jephjacques.com/post/12438226350/qa-dump-15

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm 0

On Wanted: Someone to Do Four Jobs and Have No Life Outside of Work

But it's all good, because they're "not a terribly money-motivated group." Okay. Have you guys done a feature on the economics of webcomics? There aren't that many creators who have been able to turn it into a full-time gig, and it's really interesting to me how Penny Arcade has become such an enormous success.

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm 0