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

On Monday Check-in

Successfully spent $0 by using an iTunes credit to complete an album I wanted ($7.99) and paying for half of groceries with future-money ($35; I am waiting to pay my boyfriend rent/some other things he's bought when I get my student loan refund soonish). I spent $20 on a locker on Friday and that's all the money I've spent this weekend. Hopefully I get my loan money soon and will no longer be in debt (I owe my boyfriend $665 right now).

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I am hoping to spend less than $4 this weekend (AMBITIOUS) because I don't get my student loan refund for another week, at least, and I currently owe my boyfriend $630 ($600 for rent, $30 for a textbook he rented me through Amazon Prime so I could use his free 2-day shipping). My student loans don't go through until the 12th and I should hopefully get my reimbursement shortly after that and I'll be able to breathe a little easier. I already spent $20 on a locker for the year, but that comes from my cash tips so it's "free money" (e.g. I don't have to take it out of my bank account). I have to work all weekend so it shouldn't be bad; we have plenty of food in the fridge/freezer to rely on, I'm working Saturday and Sunday, and we can't really go out because we're both broke students now. Total: $24

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm 0