On January Is The Cruelest Month -- For Layoffs

@annev17 Yeah...I wonder what color of that applicant's skin was...

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm 1

On Tax Season

I'm usually excited for mine, but not this year. Two W-2s, two 1099s, student loans, tuition payments, and one sketchy company I contracted for who won't give me a 1099 but I will dutifully report earnings from anyway. Any idea on how to file when you don't have a company's EIN number? I literally have no idea if I'm about to get a big refund or of I owe big - my contracting income wasn't that high, but it was a few thousand. But I also wasn't receiving a salary during the period of time I was contracting, so I have no clue what tax bracket I'll end up in. Basically I don't know how much I made last year. This should be fun.

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 3:11 pm 0

On Do That 1 Thing You Forgot To Do

@erinep If you can, see if there's an enrollment event near you! There's lots of free help out there. You can even make an appointment here: https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector/

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm 0

On Two Heartwarming Stay-At-Home-Dad Stories & One Cautionary Tale

@Aunt Scar Holy shit. Also the "I thought I gamed the system! I married a subservient Asian woman but I STILL wake up at night!" Nice mix of sexism and racism there, buddy.

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 10:35 am 0

On In Which I Help Economists Become "Un-Baffled" About America's Dropping Fertility Rate

@mmmmdonuts Yeah I've realized that my partner and I will either have kids or have a house - that $50,000 down payment just is not doable if we also want to raise children (and in my area, that's just a 10% down payment on a small 2 bedroom condo that you'd be lucky to find that cheap). But on the other hand, a mortgage would be cheaper than rent - too bad we'd be priced out of getting one in the first place.

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm 0

On Renting in a Megacity Is a New Lifestyle Phase

So there's basically no way a Millennial can be an adult, is what I'm getting. If you live in the suburbs with your parents because you can't afford anything else with your crippling college debt, you're a mooch. If you live in a city(because umm...hello that's where jobs are?), you're just trying to relive your college years. I really resent the idea that as a rent-paying, full-time working, graduate-school-studying, engaged-to-be-married 20-something, I'm still basically a child.

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm 3

On The Billfold Book Club Discusses Helaine Olen's 'Pound Foolish'

@breezee What's also infuriating is that many people pay into pensions! It's basically like social security for them, which is good because I don't think most people understand that if you are a government employee with a pension (at least in the state of Massachusetts) you do NOT get SS payments! So when people talk about pension reductions, they are basically talking about making my mom live her retirement in abject poverty. Cool. Thanks. Real nice.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:38 am 1

On Think Of The Money I Could Make By Simply Ruining My Life With Airbnb

Ok why is no one focusing on the important detail? Meaghan O’Connell your apartment is MAD CHEAP. You are living the high live. You can't even get a studio for that in most parts of DC, and I thought that was impossible in New York!

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:47 pm 1

On Do the 1 Thing

Ummm my 1 thing is to figure out my start date at a new job! Which is exciting/nerve wracking because the contracting process went much quicker than they predicted. Usually this would be great, but I'm leaving a salaried position for a part time contract one, and I was kinda planning/budgeting for a few more pay checks before I left. But I don't want to put them off too long! Any advice?

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm 0

On Risk Is Healthy, Risk Is Fine, Risk Is Natural

I'm in this EXACT position right now! Just waiting for my freelance, part time contract to be signed so I can give notice at my full time, well paid, with benefits job.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 10:18 am 0