Really low-key weekend, which was totally fine because last weekend took all week to recover from. Friday night: worked late and then babysat (I made $51 --I have no idea how they came up with that dollar amount). Saturday: cleaned my apartment, ironed, and did some writing for a work assignment. Babysat again and pulled in $60. Sunday: super long and boring babysitting assignment and only made $104 (no tip). I'm probably not going to sit for that client again. Then a date over at DC Improv and bought two rounds of drinks (about $70 total). Things I didn't buy yet: groceries (prob $60 for this week), Britta filters ($20), another pack of 4 tall drinking glasses (I broke one of them this weekend) -- can't remember the price of those, but I got them at BB&B, so they were fairly inexpensive. I think I'll about break even this weekend, which isn't bad in my book!
@eagerber Also, if they're living somewhere where rent costs $900/mo, she can likely charge more than $10/hr for babysitting.
So many questions! Don't babysitting/shop-girl jobs constitute being "in between jobs" as well? Is she looking for other jobs to better their situation? Is he also working part-time while searching for new jobs? Have they cut back considerably since his unemployment? I know from experience that if I'm dating someone who's unemployed/underemployed, I trim down my own expenses, and up my savings in case of a "rainy day." Sorry, but this girl sounds very naive about her future financial situations, and I don't understand how those credit cards will ever be paid off.
Thank you all for such great advice! Yeah, I'd like to hold onto my car -- but maybe I could leave it with my parents some place on the East Coast. That's good to know about neighborhood permits -- was totally unaware of that. I'm definitely aware of SF's high rents, but coming from DC, where I'm currently spending half monthly salary on my one-bedroom, I anticipate more of the same out there. (Realistically, probably paying roughly the same for just a room in a group house.) @LookUponMyWorks -- it's not so much the plates itself. License seemed standard (I don't know, $35?), but registration cost me over $500. Basically, they base that on the value of your car. In VA, all I remember is that I paid much less.
Serious question: I live in DC and would like to move to San Francisco. I've felt this way for a while now, but now I've actually committed to a date. I want to move there on or before that date, and I want to stick to that plan. But I have a few $$ related questions: -what is the SF job market like? I work in development and fundraising. Obviously, I would move earlier if I got a job, but... -if I were to nanny for the first few weeks (months?), what rate do most families pay? are live-in nanny opportunities easy to come by? scarce? -it cost a ton of money to transfer my car from VA to DC plates. I'm not worried about passing CA's car inspection, as my car is in very good shape -- just worried about property taxes, etc. Or is it easier to just dump the car and take public transportation? Thanks for your advice, Billfolders!
Oh, I'd love to be able to finish my master's, get a PhD, and try to teach full-time, or start a press. I'd love to publish emerging writers and offer writers a year-long generously paid fellowship to devote time to their art. I'd love to be able to automatically take summers off, to take vacations overseas without worrying about the price tag, and also be able to visit my family during that time. I'd also set aside money for the family I eventually want to have, to have their college expenses already figured out. Then I'd think about what my parents and brother might need as they get older, and have that money ear-marked as well.
I haven't done this in a while! I'm babysitting three times this weekend (insane!) but only because I'm going away at the end of the month and I want to build up as much extra spending money as possible. I'm going to the Jersey Shore for a week to spend time with my mom and also finish up my graduate thesis (a book of poems). While there, my mom and I plan to hit outlet malls and replace a lot of sweaters and maybe buy a new pair of boots. (Very excited for fall weather clothes!) And I'm probably going to treat us both to some massages/facials, in thanks for hosting me for a much-needed week-long break from work. That said, I'm also currently dog-sitting for two weeks and plan to have a few people over Sunday night, utilizing the family's back patio and grill! So I'll probably be buying some wine and meats; maybe $40 extra on top of regular weekly groceries ($50). Lucky for me, they have a gigantic garden, which I've been devouring. :) So hopefully keeping it under $100 this weekend and raking in at least $200 through various babysitting jobs. Woo!
Free! My electricity is included in my rent, which makes DC's humid summers so much more tolerable.
I think this is a great piece, but I misread "life coach" for "life couch" an embarrassingly high number of times.
@OllyOlly Girl, go to Aveda. I actually have an appointment there tonight. It's $16 plus tip for wash, shoulder/neck massage, and cut. I've been doing this for over a year and have had only great experiences! ETA: just realized Ladybug had the same suggestion -- seriously, Aveda is amazing. Around the holidays they had a promotion -- I stuck my hand in a jar for my "prize" -- I won a free deep conditioning treatment good for my next appointment. And it was awesome!