On Monday Check-in

Friday: $40 for gas, $11 for my bio book. $10 for two binders for school at Target. Saturday: I didn't end up working, so nada. Sunday: I meant to go grocery shopping but it turned out I had an important nap to take. Result: I had $40 of my $100 left this morning, but I promptly spent $15 of it on breakfast and lunch since I didn't go grocery shopping. Which I still have to do with my now-reduced to $24 budget for the weekend. Four days 'til payday!

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:12 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@eatmoredumplings Oh no, you pick the books that you want! You browse the website and order just like you would at a bookstore- or I guess a little clunkier, the website is kinda Web 1.0. paperbackswap.com

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm 0

On Symbolic Purchases

I'm glad you're enjoying your pulled pork sandwiches, Aja! They are friggin' delicious!

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@eatmoredumplings You could join Paperback Swap for books! You get 2 "credits" for books when you first sign up, and you earn a credit every time you send a book. You only pay for postage for the books you send (about $3); when someone sends you a book, you only use the "credit" you get for signing up and later for sending books. Library is good too though, I love libraries :)

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm 1

On Oprah Is Or Is Not The Richest Black Woman In The World

"80 Daddy Warbucks types have as much wealth as 50% of the rest of the world combined." This is an early but very strong contender for "Most Profoundly Depressing Fact of 2015." I'm putting my money down now.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 11:32 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I have never done this before but talking about how much help I get from my parents has made me realize that I want to be more intentional with my spending. School started on Thursday, so I have some supplies to pick up. Friday: Gas $40 (I did this already). I also need to buy a lab manual for biology ($11) and I want to pick up a binder for both classes. I'm going to say $15 for that but I'll try to spend less. Saturday: a one-on-one outing with a child for work. I usually spend about $15 on a meal + activity, but I get reimbursed for some of it. I've been lazy with my reimbursement forms since I started this part of my job, so maybe my weekend resolution will be to organize the binder (geez I'm like Mitt Romney with the office supplies this week) I bought to simplify the process. I also have three books to mail for Paperback Swap ($10). Sunday: Grocery shopping. $50. Total: $141. This is a problem because I only have $100 to spend this weekend. I'll put off mailing the books and I have plenty of leftovers. I could wait until next week to buy my lab manual- but I also need a $45 lab manual for chemistry. I'll have to decide if I am going to use my savings or ask my parents (since it's a school expense). I think I'll cover it myself, but I need to transfer the money, which takes two days. Adjusted total: $100.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 10:03 am 0

On The Cost of Living in a Non-Profit Women's Residence

This is like the only article I have ever read that has made me WANT to move to New York. I'm like a nun at heart.

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm 0

On Failing At Shoplifting, Life With Kesha

Also, I was an extremely anxious and Catholic child, and so I never even considered shoplifting anything. I truly believed it would ruin my soul and also my parents would have murdered me, and I would have gone to hell. Because I had ruined my soul by stealing.

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm 0

On Failing At Shoplifting, Life With Kesha

HIS NAME IS NOT WARREN!!!

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 4:06 pm 1

On Does Anything In The SOTU Affect Us Personally

I graduated from community college and eventually finished my bachelor's at a state school (University of Georgia) that both had free tuition for achievers programs. At my community college (and, according to a prominent billboard, the community college in the beginning county), local high school graduates in the top 10% of their high school class earned a full-tuition scholarship to the CC. In my state, the community college system is closely linked with the state college system, so it was easy to transfer. Georgia has a tuition program called the HOPE program, which covers tuition at any public college in Georgia for academically-qualified (B average in HS, maintain a B average in college. You could also appeal to have HOPE reinstated on a one-time basis.) students. The Georgia program was conceived as a way to make college accessible to high-achieving poor students. It was originally income-restricted to students from working-class or poor households (I have in my head that the limit was 60 thousand dollars for a two income household but I might be misremembering)...And almost no-one used it. After a few years the program was expanded to remove the income limit and became very popular- but not among poor students. Highly-qualified students from financially stable-to-rich families who had previously left the state for more prestigious private schools stayed in-state in public schools where they had full scholarships. In some ways, this was great. My school, UGA, improved its reputation substantially and the rigor of the school's academics improved. I got an excellent education there. The school's financial health also improved, since the state paid the university for the tuition. The school went on a huge building spree that improved the library system and included an enormous new dorm complex and art building (it also included a lot of parking decks). The money also changed Athens itself. Before HOPE, Athens was an inexpensive college town with a strong "townie" culture, live music, and odd Southern ephemera. But since HOPE students could now be from well-off families, their families could spend the money they had saved for tuition on living expenses for their students, primarily on housing and transportation. And since there were so damn MANY of them, the town responded by building luxury student apartments (and the school built those parking decks) pretty much everywhere. Low-income residents (many of whom work for the university, in dining halls, facilities management, and janitorial services) have increasingly been pushed out of town to cheaper no-frills apartment complexes that aren't serviced by the bus lines. The luxury complexes have started pushing south of Athens into the next county; one with a lazy river opened recently. And the poor students the program was originally designed for? They still aren't making it to campus. Georgia still lags behind most other states in the country in getting poor students enrolled and then graduated. Poor students in Georgia have a "knowledge gap" in the application process; they struggle to fill out the FAFSA, have difficulty assessing school quality (choosing between a satellite campus or flagship, for example), and don't know of or don't know how to access additional funding sources to cover living expenses or books. The state started a public interest website, providing information on the application process, but it hasn't made much of a dent. And the HOPE program is funded by state lottery pieces. Who buys lottery tickets? Poor people, whose own children struggle to access higher education, are sending rich children to college on scholarships they don't need. I'm afraid that this is what will happen with the free CC plan. Well-off or middle-class students who would otherwise enroll in private schools or public four year schools will finally take the advice money magazines have been giving out for years and get half of their education for free. These well-prepared and well-off students will improve the academic rigor of community colleges, which may see their reputations improve from "last resort" to "transfer factories." The CCs, which are to a state underfunded right now (California, for instance, has been turning away thousands of students, and thousands more can't get into the classes they need to graduate), might get some money out of the deal, which they will most likely use to attract more students with money: adding humanities and business electives, building dorms and gyms. But it could still be poor students left behind. Parents without reliable vehicles or child care. Unemployed workers who are retraining at 50 and study HVAC systems instead of history. Anyone who can't cover the bills on their PELL Grant (a maximum award of about three-thousand dollars per semester) alone and who works a job that changes their schedule each week (there is a Wal-Mart directly down the hill from my community college). Free community college might change the landscape of community colleges, but I'm not sure it will change the landscape for the students who need community colleges the most.

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm 0