Emergency Manager here- San Francisco is actually really on their game! This website: http://www.sf72.org/home is super useful and has lots of great information for preparing yourself in a cost-effective way. And it's all good information for non-SF people too!
I'll throw in my 2-cents here. I had a similar thing happen when I made it several rounds in for a great position. They said they would let me know about the next stage by a certain date. That stage came and went, and I gave them an extra week before a polite follow-up email. It took them over a month to respond to that email, and then it was an email that essentially said "we think you're a great fit, you're a finalist, the hiring process is taking longer than we expected, sit tight." I started back-channeling with some people I knew and discovered that while the hiring process was ongoing the head of the company found out one of their key people was considering a move across the country. So essentially the hiring process was taking longer because I didn't get the initial position I interviewed for, but they were now considering me for another position. I like @annev17's suggestion- follow up about the company in general, mentioning the position you applied for, but phrasing it so that you're open to other positions.
@Dancercise Yea when I said I believe in God it dropped me $20,000!
@grobel I check 1-2 times a week. I'm actually in a situation right now where I get checks once a week (checks from my two places of employment are staggered), so once a week post-paycheck I go on and make sure everything looks right/bills are paid/money is moved where I want it moved.
@Olivia2.0 I'm actually the opposite. I can always find something that I "should" be spending my paycheck on, whereas I view money gifted to me as an excuse to buy something more fun. It's easier for me to justify being frivolous with the unexpected gift money.
But what was the status of the gym in the building? My current workplace has a free employee gym and it is the greatest thing ever. I wish more employers were able to provide them.
I took a $20,00 pay cut when I left a FT job I was miserable at (12 hour night shifts with terrible/unsupportive management, no growth opportunities, and moderately adjacent to the field I wanted to be in but not the actual work I wanted to be doing) to take a PT position that was 100% what I wanted to be doing for a really respected agency and a great environment. Financially it was tough but doable, and I was far and above happier. The move also set me up for better positions in the field I wanted to be in.
@ATF I'm with you. I'm a little scared to see that total tally looking me in the face....
@nell "professionally feminine women" adlfajdklasjdf I love this so much. I too suffer from those anxieties and leave hair appointments feeling like a complete caveman because I'm not using four different products. Sephora makes me feel the same way. Maybe thinking of them as professionally feminine women will make me feel better about the situation; I'm just an amateur feminine woman!
$40/month for internet split between two people, and $7.99 for Netflix, which I pay for. We don't have cable, so my total comes out to $28/month.