On When Harvard Met Obamacare: A Reverse Rom-Com

I get insurance through my mom who gets it from her job at an insurance company. We have a $3500 family deductible.

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 8:10 am 0

On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

1. $100, but I'm not done yet and I love stocking stuffer shopping, so let's say $150 2. Most expensive gift was $25 3. Cheapest was free because I cheated and got it from work 4. No budget, I kind of give myself free rein around Christmas. 5. No, I don't really use credit cards though. 6. I'm comfortable with the amount! I am really excited to give some of these presents, my boyfriend is all, "Why are you getting your mom a usb drive shaped like a dragon's egg," but I got my mom a Minnesota license plate for a present once and she loved it, so I think I'm good.

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm 1

On When Budget Beauty Starts to Hurt

I LOVE makeup but I wear it maybe twice a month? So I have to avoid makeup stores and aisles because I want to buy EVERYTHING. I love eyeshadow and nail polish most of all, which is great because I do fancy eye makeup 6x a year and I basically can't paint my nails ever because of work and school. I am also forever seeking the undereye bag solution so I kind of have to not allow myself to buy skin care products either (besides face scrub and moisturizer); its a slippery slope.

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm 0

On The Real Cost of Prescription Drugs

I've spent $50 for three antibiotics before. Not three bottles, but three pills. That was without insurance. Of course, I've also had my insurance cover $4 of an $84 clinic visit because you don't really need a TB test every 6 months (my school requires it) and apparently I could have just waited for my ear infection to clear itself up.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 10:15 am 0

On Our 1 Thing: Remembering to Do 1 Thing, Oops

I have to call financial aid to figure out where my financial loan refund went, since I had a closed bank account set up for my direct deposit, ahhhhh. I need to get them to resend it to my new account on record, which I'm sure will take way more explaining to the financial aid office work-study student than either of us would like.

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm 0

On Chatting About Work Trips and Expense Guilt

@A-M There's an Auntie Anne's in South Station in Boston, and the last time I bought one after a late-night bus trip they gave me about 3 extra pretzels (probably going to waste anyways) and it was the best day ever.

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 2:31 am 0

On I Want to Illustrate Your Daydreams About Money

I'm in school still so my daydreams are of receiving a sudden scholarship or grant that covers everything. Something like they look at my grades (almost straight As, except some were A-s, so those DON'T COUNT) and give me a $50,000 grant for being swell, which would cover my last semester and nearly all my student loans. I'm actually pretty good at finding small denominations of money. BIGGEST: I once found $20 in the ocean, AND I found $20 on the ground when I visited NYC this June. If you lost $20 near NYU, I'm sorry, I used it to buy beer and chicken fingers.

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 2:24 am 0

On Express Your True Identity With a DIY Job Title

I work in food service so I always get ridiculous titles. At the ice cream store I used to have to declare my income under the title of "Scooper" and now that I work at Popular Coffee Shop I am a Barista but also a Partner. Anyways, can't wait until I graduate/pass my boards and get that hard-won RN.

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm 0

On Express Your True Identity With a DIY Job Title

@mary_garth There was a woman in 2011 who was a homemaker and Trebek was SUPER dismissive of it! I can't remember exactly his response but during the Q&A (which, honestly, I always skip if I've DVR'd the episode) he was incredibly rude. I watched a lot of Jeopardy! that season and I remember it being a particularly sassy season for Trebek, so much so that I really expected he would announce retirement pretty soon after.

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm 0

On The Costs of Living in Kazakhstan

@sheistolerable I thought this too! But I could easily drink a gallon of water a day, so I figured this was maybe closer to what regular people drink.

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm 0