@Tatiana I love Clipper! I don't ride the bus often (Caltrain yes), but when I did I always forgot to make sure I had change. Now I don't have to have change because I always have my Clipper card in my wallet.
I'd tell my 24 year old self that saved money adds up quicker than you think, but only if it goes into an account that's hard to get to! I have always saved a little bit, but I also almost always go back and use some/a lot of it to make sure my credit card bill is paid off every month. If I can access the money easily, I WILL end up spending it on stupid crap.
@echolikebells Yep, she works in education policy research (which I also now do), so it was applicable to most scholarly work I had to do through school and now professionally. I never took creative writing outside of high school requirements because I'd so much rather read it than write it myself. Any other writing section tips people have? Or general GRE tips? I'm studying and will take it in the not-so-distant future.
@OllyOlly That's the same writing lesson my mother has spouted to me my entire life. "Tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them."
I recommend the free Khan Academy videos for help reviewing for the math section! I used them more specifically to remember how to deal with exponents and roots (multiplying, dividing, pos/neg).
@andnowlights Ya, I can see that temptation. I think though, that since I ignored it for almost a decade and it did just fine, that I won't feel that need too strongly. I plan to check it out again after my company completes the upcoming transfer of record keeping from joint Vanguard/TIAA-CREF to 100% T-C, but then ignore it again until open enrollment season next year.
I did a One Thing I've been meaning to do for more than a year! I signed up for an online account to view my retirement plans. Then I decided to up my contributions by a couple percent, since I'm making a bit more money than I was before last month. By one firm's estimation, I am on track with the recommended 0.5x of my salary saved at this age. I picked my retirement funds when I started at this job 9 years ago, right out of college, and haven't looked at them since. Reading The Billfold over the last year or so has seriously affected my interest in my long term financial situation, so thanks!
@EvanDeSimone That's a good point; if anyone in the company should have a feel for the public response, it should be the PR folks. The fact that they misjudged makes me think the culture of the company in general may skew even the PR department's assessment of public disposition.
@EvanDeSimone I suspect it's for the same reason they did shitty things in the first place: they are completely out of touch with the reality of everyone outside the banking world. They don't think of people as real people, so they weren't hurting anyone real and no one should really be mad now.
I love laundry! Folding is the best part; you take a big messy pile of clean clothes and 5-10 minutes later it ends up in nicely organized stacks to fit into the dresser. But, I only have my own laundry to do at this point, so I probably do a whole four loads per month. I imagine if I had endless dirty child clothes to wash, it would be less soothing. When I was a kid, my father did the laundry (both parents worked). Apparently it became his chore because she got sick of dealing with his socks, which were always inside-out!