The problem with game theory is that it leaves out the "how not to be a dick" variable. It is interesting to see the games where the contestants beat the strategy, presumably with a knowledge of grocery costs.
I do not miss the $17,000 days. And I lived with a friend (for cheap) in a much much lower cost area. I did have to pay 40% of my tuition and fees though. And had a 10-15 hour a week job. The thing that made things better was moving in with my now husband, who has a good job and didn't mind paying a larger percentage of our expenses. It is sad when the best advice I can give people who are looking in to grad school is marry well.
1 year salary fund: Oct 13: $35000 Goal: $60000 Just in case one or both of us lose jobs. I am paranoid about having enough to pay the mortgage and bills and buy food for a long time. Especially after having a friend or two be unemployed over the past few years and be worried about losing their homes.
I am excited to fall on the reasonable side of things! My dress was $740 plus another $200 for alterations (from a tiny Russian grandmother, she was amazing). But I have also worn it 4 times so that works out to less than $250. And I am sure I will figure out more times to wear it even if it is just swanning about my house. I did not get that "oh this is THE ONE!!11!" feeling. It was more of a "Yes, this dress is very pretty and I look very good in it."
@ATF but you didn't need a root canal (and then a crown) or an extraction and then a robot tooth! I needed 2 root canals after years of no insurance and since then I have gone to the dentist no matter what.
My husband is a workaholic. He once took a week stay-cation and after 2 days was complaining about how he needed to get back to work. He is also the child of a workaholic-alcoholic parent with substance abuse and depression running on both sides of his family. So he hit the "jackpot" there.
My one thing is to finish revisions on my dissertation! Which is sort of more than one thing but is totally do-able. Then my next thing is to send it to my awesome copy-editing friend.
@Megano! I hope it is the most beautiful garbage pail in the history of ever for that price. A work bench is usually a large wooden desk-type deal. My Dad had one for his electrical work, and my husband has one for computer stuff.
@apples and oranges The eternal answer: it depends! I got an MPH in environmental and occupational health, then worked for two years, and am now getting my PhD in epidemiology (hopefully this semester). The great thing about an MPH is how flexible it is. There are a lot of jobs that an MPH skill-set will apply to. But it depends on what you are interested in doing, and what schools you are looking to go to as they all have different strengths. Also, if you are in the US do not expect to get funding, aside form loans, for a master's program.
Ugh, that sounds like a horrible situation. I was super nervous about combining finances with my husband when we got married, but it worked out to be the simplest and lowest stress option. It probably helps that he asks me permission to spend over $100, even though I don't think he needs to. Being open about how much we are spending as well as where is important.