That last bit is really valuable advice and should be required reading for every soon-to-be or recent college grad looking for work. Especially in a city like DC.
In my office, I have a Mac desktop computer with an extra Dell monitor and a pair of Sony Professional headphones for listening to interview recordings. When I'm in the field for research trips I use a MacBook Air (with ethernet adapter for all those countries without wifi!), a digital flash recorder for interviews, and Skullcandy in-ear headphones to listen to those interviews. I also couldn't live without my Kindle on work trips (even though I hated the idea of them) because it saves me the weight of packing multiple books.
I do, but only because I travel for work to places where I often can't use ATMs/there aren't ATMs/the local currency is unstable and I need enough money for a couple weeks. These are often not fun places to walk around with a lot of cash.
I returned my first Ikea mattress under their 90 day policy because I hated it and it was WORTH IT. I didn't even have to spend $40 on a memory foam thingy.
I went through this earlier this year, and it is confusing. You guys should definitely do an article on how to buy a bed/mattress. Comparison shopping is almost impossible. I ended up deciding on an Ikea bedframe and mattress because I didn't have to buy a boxspring and I didn't have to pay for delivery. I got a queen so the bedframe was about $75 and the mattress was around $350. I originally got the cheapest mattress for under $100 but it was so terrible I had to return it. I kept waking up because I could feel the slats of my bed. Lesson learned: don't try to spend less than $100 on a mattress. It's not worth it! You can get the Ikea memory foam top mattresses in the $150-200 range, which are supposed to be pretty comfortable. Plus their 90 day return policy (for credit toward a different mattress) is great.
Saturday: $4.55 coffee, $8.50 more coffee beans, $16.50 train ticket, $10 to refill my metrocard, $16 dinner and a margarita, $11.50 six pack to bring to a party. Sunday: $1.50 coffee, $14.50 train ticket, $8.95 dinner, $8 tea and dessert. Total:$100, just about what I estimated.
Working late tonight to finish a project so $0 today. Tomorrow I will buy a couple rounds of coffee to work from a cafe ($10) and then head into NYC for the night ($16). I'm supposed to bring beer to the party so that's another $10, but I'll also buy dinner so let's add $15. Then I'm headed home Sunday ($16), but probably not after buying breakfast/brunch ($15). Throw in another $10 for my metrocard. Total: $92 assuming I don't get any Christmas shopping done.
I paid off my student loan this month! Original balance: $1250 (I know how lucky I am that it was small), September: $978, October: $0. I was putting a good chunk of my paycheck into an account that will be the salary I pay myself to get back into journalism as a freelancer in a couple years. But then I realized I was spending stupid amounts of money on interest and was actually in a position to pay off the loan. 100% debt free as of a couple days ago! You guys definitely inspired me, so thanks!
@Emma Peel Bit difference between getting rich and being able to support yourself. I'm in journalism and people definitely talk about how you can't get rich (and imply that not wanting to is a virtue), but not about how you actually, often, can't support a family, especially not in media markets where jobs are more prevalent. Also, this isn't just true for more creative media (literary journalism), but more straightforward, less artistic reporting as well.
Friday: $10 on my share of wine and pizza with a group of coworkers. Saturday: $13 Sushi, $3 on tea and $3.50 my share of snacks ahead of the Bill O'Reilly/Jon Stewart debate, which was amazing, despite only catching about half because of tech issues. Sunday: $49 on groceries, and supplies for chicken/black bean soup, which I will eat all week. Total: $78.50. Not bad! I didn't get around to the shopping I'd intended to do, but I cooked for the week, which will save me money.