@kthkskddn And I think a lot of people don't get what kind of work they're going to be doing for "ALL THE MONEY!!!!" Almost everyone I know who is well-paid in STEM (more specifically computer-related work) is either constantly on call, needing to drag their computers with them everywhere and be available at the drop of a hat to fix something the second it breaks (which can take hours), or works in fields like software development where a combination of crunch times and having work that's *incredibly* hard to estimate time to completion on leads to working late nights and weekends on a regular basis just to meet average deadlines.
@NoName I just wanted to chime in and second this. I've had friends with STEM degrees spend months or years looking for employment. Plus the working conditions (hours, mostly) required for a lot of the jobs can be absolutely insane. STEM degrees aren't the cure-all for employment people think, especially now that there are so many people out there with STEM degrees competing for the same jobs as (and with more experience than) those right out of a degree program.
@Runawaytwin I've gotten the impression that the reason the apartments are so big on TV is because it's very, very difficult to film in a smaller apartment/space. Apparently the reason that the crew on Angel got moved to big fancy upstairs offices after the first season was because the filming crew was having too hard a time filming/framing everything in their tiny basement office.
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I need to go get my car weighed, because getting a car registered in Washington is weird. Hoping I can find the time to squeeze it in this afternoon.
I estimated $45. Friday: Dinner and buying a drink for my newly-21 friend proved more expensive than normal, as the student pub was a zoo and we had to change venues. ($22 versus an estimated $15) Saturday: Gassed up my car ($13.50), got coffee/breakfast with a friend ($5), and drove out and bought a cable for my project ($5, but sort of free since my parents cover school project supplies). Went to a friend's church's board game night, felt awkward about being a non-Christian in exchange for free food (pizza!) and getting to play Ticket to Ride with my friend and two very nice people. Sunday: Went to my friend's Pathfinder game, went to Kyudo. ($0) Total: $45.50, $40.50 if you don't count the cable I'll get reimbursed for. I didn't get any grocery shopping in, but have instead dedicated some energy into eating through the various bits and bobs of food in my house to save some money. I managed to make pancakes on Sunday morning and freeze extras, and made muffins with some bananas that were a little overripe for just eating today, so I think I can make it with what food I have on hand. May use the bit of remaining cash below the estimate to buy a bag of oranges or something similar if I feel the need. But I'd like not to spend more than $5 before friday, so my remaining money vs. days left in the month ration can recover.
Ugh, so this thread prompted me to check my bank account...things will be manageable for the rest of the month, but I'll need to be careful. Aka trying to get through this next week, including this weekend, on the $46 in my wallet. Friday: Dinner with friends, and buying my friend a drink for his 21st. ($15? Depends on if we go to the student pub or not.) Saturday: Taking care of homework, which will mostly involve a good amount of soldering and programming (free). I might need to drive out to Fry's for a part if I can't get the cable I need at the student bookstore ($5 for the cable at the bookstore, $15 for cable and gas if I need to go to Fry's). Sunday: Pathfinder game at my friend's house and Kyudo (free). May shop for a few grocery items so I can stretch what I have ($10-$20). Hopefully it'll come out to less than I've listed here, but it's all pretty variable. Especially the buying my friend a drink part. We shall see!
@highjump The grilled cheese with veggies is why I like Five Guys. And I live in California, so this is high praise. In-N-Out is kind of lame for vegetarians. :(
Friday: Went out to get mexican food with friends ($8.52). Then we just hung out talking at my house in what has possibly been the slowest Friday-night Hangouts of recent memory. They can't all be winners, I guess. Saturday: Bought soap, like a class person ($2.69). Ended up not going to a movie with a friend, but another friend hosted a waffle and movie night, so that was rad (and free). Just before that I ended up deciding I'm going to try and write a story for the Sword and Mythos anthology, which is looking for Sword and Sorcery stories that use the Cuthulhu mythose in some way. I have never read any Lovecraft, though I've liked what I've heard of, so I ran out and bought the complete works hardcover from Barnes and Noble ($20) before the movie night. Sunday: Went grocery shopping for the week ($36.95) and registered for my Kyudo class ($35). I also snapped up a copy of a book that's going out of print, as the author was planning on buying the few remaining copies from her publisher after the weekend was up ($18.95). I also bought some gas at some point this weekend ($10.05). (I paid my electricity bill at some point, too, but it's an expected expense and my roommates help pay it, so it's not counted here.) Total: $132.16, which while not ideal, is not terrible. I'm also paying for the two books with some leftover Christmas money, so when the costs of those are removed it's down to $93.21, which is pretty good considering the expensive Kyudo class registration and that I bought all my groceries.
Aiming for a cheap-ish weekend to try and preserve some money for savings at the end of the month. Today: Dinner with friends ($12), and maybe snacks either after, or before when my RPG co-author friend is coming over so we can work on stuff ($5). Saturday: Coffee in the morning with my friend ($3). Also, I'm going to try and convince a friend to go see Perks of Being a Wallflower with me at the dollar theater ($2). I'll end up doing grocery shopping Saturday or Sunday, too ($50, because I have leftovers but I need to restock a few basic toiletries, which I buy at the grocery store). Sunday: Spending most of the day playing Pathfinder at a friend's place, and then heading to Kyudo, which I still need to register for ($35). Total: $107, which is gross, but a huge chunk of that is registering for Kyudo, which is a once-per-quarter expense. And I'm hoping my grocery bill will come in a little cheaper than what I estimated, but we'll see.
Rounding, because I'm not sure where my receipts are: Friday: Went out to dinner with friends ($13), but didn't get any snacks afterwards ($0). Saturday: Got tea at the coffee shop with a friend ($3), went to a local comic/game store but didn't buy anything ($0), and ended up grabbing dinner with another friend instead of awkwardly interrupting my roommates' hot pot night with kitchen use ($9). Sunday: Went grocery shopping due to no food in the house ($36), spent the rest of the day playing Pathfinder and then going to Kyudo, which I forgot to register for again ($0, but merely delayed). Monday: Spent the day trying unsuccessfully to get homework done, and then went out for pizza and beer with my Runequest game's group ($10). After that we sat down and played, an event I went snack shopping for (restocking my shampoo at the same time) ($13). I also rearranged my furniture this weekend, and still need to finish cleaning my room. Because that's how cool people spend 3 day weekends, right? Total: $84, which is not as bad as I thought it would be, but then again I still need to pay $35 to register for my kyudo class. But it's getting close to the end of the month, and it looks like I'll actually have a good chunk of money left over to transfer into savings for my move to Seattle in June/July, so hell yes to that!