GET A BANK ACCOUNT, FIRST PRINCE, YOU HAVE A COUNTRY TO RUN AND YOU NEED TO INVEST IN YOUR OWN FINANCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE
You guys are giving me the impression that we should have a space where readers can post about job openings. SCHEMING.
As someone who works full time on two research studies, I beg you: do not lie to make yourself eligible!! Sure, we can screen your data out if it is an outlier, but that's beside the point (and cuts into our statistical power). There is a reason we are doing these research studies, and that reason is NOT to give everyone easy money. If you are eligible, go for it, but please do not lie to us! You're wasting our time and (very finite) resources.
@Nick Are you serious with this??
Focus groups! When I was a freelance film professional (the brokest years of my life by far), my major side hustle was doing focus groups. This may be a thing that only happens in New York and L.A. I signed up with a couple of agencies and would get called to participate every month or two. It was more like $150-$200 than $700, but it only takes an hour, which is great when you're desperate. Technically, I think, the companies want people who have never done a focus group before, but many of the ones I went to were populated by the same people. One of the agencies I signed up with would even flat-out lie about your qualifications (age, income level) to make sure you qualified. Them: "Can I say you're a 25-year-old Latina cat-owner?" Me: "Sure!" And I will freely admit that, unlike science, I never felt bad about scamming companies who were trying to figure out how best to sell people shit.
Also really good and cheap for lots of people: veggie and tofu curry. You can also make peanut butter cookies real cheap too, especially if you follow the recipe on the jar of PB that doesn't require flour (it's just butter, pb and sugar I believe?)
@Harriet Welch Somebody in the comments of the weekend post said that martinis in NYC are TWENTY DOLLARS. Which is insane to me, but also where do you live where you can get two drinks for $5, because I thought my town was cheap at around $4 for wells and $7-10 for fancier things?
@Lily Rowan Ahhhhhh that makes MUCH more sense. Ummm, we don't have those here, so it was not the scenario I was thinking of. Mostly we have semi-ironic hipster karaoke where cute boys with beards sing Tupac or N'Sync. Everyone smokes clove cigarettes and drink 2-4-1 PBR tallboys.
@ASCtvartedun Not to further pile on you, but the author never mentions a "maid" and doesn't seem especially spoiled. She and her family were somewhat trapped in, and attempting to keep up, a lifestyle they couldn't really afford during a drawn-out divorce settlement. She's also only 25! Which is, in general, the Age of Rude Awakenings.
This isn't my life at all, but I appreciate the way this piece conveys the shock of losing privileges one didn't really realize s/he had. Okay, maybe it is kind of my life, in that I grew up on the comfortable end of the middle class, moved back home after college to get my bearings, wound up staying much longer than I thought I would (I'm 23), and have had to suddenly and quickly move out after a physical altercation with my father (the physicality was all on his end of things; I mostly stood there and screamed "did you really just HIT me?!"). I thought I had a handle on what a reasonable lifestyle is and should cost, but so much shit I've taken for granted - cell phone, netflix subscription, the privilege of owning a car and having a place to park it - costs so much more than I'd really considered.