@OllyOlly I've had fine experiences at the Aveda school in Chinatown. Haircuts + blow dry start at 18 bucks.
@Sorbee Weird, I didn't think my pay got factored into my husband's repayment. But maybe it helps I don't make much money? I sorta feel like our life is never going to start because of bad job market/pay following HUGE TERRIBLE LAW SCHOOL LOANS. My husband finished in 2008, and things are only maybe slightly marginally looking up? Anyway, I'm in school again myself (working full time too) to get into a career that will likely stand the test of time if nothing else.
@emilyo we had our rehearsal at Tabard Inn - I love that place!
@josefinastrummer Yes - I agree re the panic. I guess you're right that 50 for a masters seems reasonable. It did seem like a lot of her story made it sound like all the debt got paid babysitting and stuff though, where it probably was chipped away at more so from the 20K in raises. I'm currently in a field/job where they keep deflating the pay and pay grade for increased education and work experience, so I'm probably just jealous!
@josefinastrummer The lady from the LearnVest article was making what I would consider an unusually high salary for her age/line of work (30-ish/nonprofit), and she'd gotten about a 50% raise over 3 years (also not what I'd consider too typical these days). So while her ability to pay down debt seems admirable, I think it's also a bit atypical. Hopefully this is just a bad day/week/month post for Lisette, because it seems like she might want to rethink how extreme the plan is if she is likely to be this miserable for the next few years. As others said, cutting a few thousand dollars off each year's payback might make live livable/enjoyable instead of something to slog through.
@Emma Peel Bestway is near the W. Hyattsville metro and the produce prices are rockbottom and the quality is good...H&A in Hyattsville has a crazy selection, but isn't metro accessible.
About the exercise - so true! After I finally dropped my gym membership (after paying for probably a year and not going!), I found these great free workouts online (blogilates at http://www.blogilates.com/pilates-bootcamp-for-livestrong). They're pretty quick, and great 'bang for your buck' in terms of 15 minutes helping you to actually see results. Best of luck in your saving/moving/etc.