I told myself I needed to start doing this, so I will post my balances this month and then begin updating next month. As of February 2, 2015 Capital One Credit Card (9.8%): $1,469.28 Student Loans (various): $27,759.13 Emergency Savings: $2,761.74
@Lila Lapine Only child here, too! I too found when I was younger that I related to (and spent more time with) adults more than I did kids my own age. I know some may see this as a problem, but it honestly made me much more mature and independent as an adult.
I'm an only child, and if I become a mother I believe I would want only one for the reasons you list above. I hate the reaction I receive when I tell people this. A lot have the gall to tell me that the kid "won't be well adjusted" ?!??!!? I came out just fine!
@madrassoup ugh, you're right. I need to learn to keep my mouth shut.
Forget Spa Castle. King Spa is way better. http://www.kingsaunanj.com/ Free shuttle from Midtown!
OH MY GOD THIS IS ME. I don't know how I did it, but somehow I owe the state $200?! I made so little money last year as a graduate student that it boggles my mind. I've never owed anything before. Anyways, will try and see if they will let me pay in installments because I'm still a student and $200 is still a lot for me.
@milena my undergrad actually had that too! We also boast the largest annual scavenger hunt in the world.
I actually really loved this interview. I read a lot of Tracy's contributions to Jezebel, but this piece really gave it a personal edge I loved. I think that we both have similar upbringings, and for me as a growing adult, it's been so weird trying to balance a certain (larger than I grew up with) budget with living in New York City -- and then factoring in considerations like possible home ownership and family. Thanks, Tracy!
As a grad student, the iPad is my most treasured work item. I have to read so many pdfs per week, that the Adobe Reader app is perfect for marking up readings, and makes it easier for me to do the work on the go. I know they are expensive, but considering how much I would have had to pay to print out all those pages it probably at least breaks even.
@myrna.minkoff Also this should be Billfold approved! If I do buy coffee, it's always less than $2 (though I usually brew it at home).