On Friday Estimate

I have SO MUCH WORK between finishing my grad school thesis, applying for jobs, and work for my internship. My plan is to hibernate all weekend with some exercise breaks, babysitting breaks, and birthday brunch on Sunday. Tonight: Nothing. Homework, all day, all night. Saturday: Yoga = $0; scone and coffee after yoga = -$6; babysitting Saturday p.m. = +$60 to $80 Sunday: Birthday brunch = $0; groceries and gas = whatever I earned from babysitting Total: break even at $0

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm 0

On Jimmy John's Non-Compete Agreement Bans Employees From Working at Restaurants that Serve Sandwiches

Potbelly did (does?) this too. When I was there, the non-compete was never actually enforced when random individual people left, but occasionally there was talk of litigating when managers would leave and take employees with them or go start a sandwich shop and use similar recipes.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm 0

On Why Don't American Women Bike To Work?

I bike or walk, but I'm only a few miles and I wear scrubs every day. I'm a little sweaty, but work with a group of really athletic women and I feel like it makes them a lot more tolerant of my gross-ish appearance for the first 15 minutes I'm there. I also finally found a portable coffee mug that won't leak all over my bag, which was the major bane of my biking existence for quite some time.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm 0

On A Room in an Elderly Stranger's House, and Other Places I've Lived

I pretty much did all these but in reverse - at various points I lived on Girard, Belgrade, and Huntingdon, as well as a stint in South Philly. Now I'm in DC and lust after the palatial apartments I could have in Philly for what I'm paying now.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:53 am 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: February 2014 Check-In

@sherlock It has been the exact right number. These kittens were found under a car together and are SO INTO each other, and the shelter lets you adopt two for the price of one, and they were only charging $14 for adoption fees on Valentine's day... so two was the inevitable.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 11:29 am 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: February 2014 Check-In

High-interest student loan (11.49% fixed rate): January 2014: $3,017.63 February 2014: $3,017.63 Savings January 2014: $4,360.69 February 2014: $4,495.15 I adopted two kittens this month. Kittens are EXPENSIVE.

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 7:03 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: January 2014 Check-In

High-interest student loan (11.49% fixed rate): December 2013: $3,027.63 January 2014: $3,017.63 Savings December 2013: $3,988.66 January 2014: $4,360.69 Goal for this month is to call my student aid office and see if I can up my requested aid amount for the fall and pay off that stupid high interest loan with federal aid money (which has about half that interest rate). I've got a LOT more in student loans (~45K and three more semesters at an expensive-ass school to go) but they are all federal so I should be able to put them on IBR/loan forgiveness when I graduate.

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm 0

On How Much Should the Dentist Cost?

This made me realize that I haven't been to the dentist in 3+ years due to no dental insurance, so I called a few dentists in my city to see what they charged. So far, I've gotten: - $109 cleaning + $68 mandatory new patient exam - $286 cleaning + mandatory x-rays of unknown cost - $145 cleaning/checkup - $250 cleaning/checkup + $45 to $160 for x-rays The variation is really interesting, especially considering all these places have 5 stars on yelp are in the same general area (and in the same building, for two of them).

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 11:41 am 1

On How Can I Prevent Myself From Overdrawing My Account?

@grobel I used to check it every day when I worked at a desk job and liked to procrastinate, but I don't really check it more than once or twice a week at this point. I only use credit cards or cash because I'm paranoid about my debit card number being stolen and I only get paid once a month, so the amount in my debit account is pretty consistent except when I pay all my bills on payday.

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm 0