On Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Slurpee Capital of the World

@Allison There was a 7/11 across the street from my college dorm, so yeah, we put booze in it.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 11:35 pm 0

On Simplifying Student Loan Payments

I auto-pay almost all my bills, but not through the biller. I set up bill pay through my credit union (but I'm sure you can do this through any bank). The bank receives the bill and I tell the bank how quickly to pay the bill ahead of time. You can also tell the bank not to automatically pay a specific bill over $X (so you're not accidentally overcharged or whatever). This system is totally worth the time investment to set it up. Also, there are no fees for bill pay at my credit union. I have one student loan that I auto-pay through the lender b/c they give me a slightly lower interest rate specifically if I use their auto-pay system. I reserve a specific savings account for this withdrawal and have reminders set up on Google Calendar so that I know a few days before the money is scheduled to be withdrawn (always at the end of the month). I'm sure they do this because they think you're more likely to incur overdraw and late fees, etc. They are shady as f***, but I will beat them at their little game, oh yes I will!

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm 0

On Thieves Steal What They Can Sell, Like Soap and Razors

Every time I see the baby formula locked up, I get very very sad.

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm 0

On Things I Wish I'd Known Before Plunging Blindly Into My Role as a Manager

Yeah, managing is tough. It instantly turns your job into 90% organization and other peoples problems. I had a bunch of management duties taken away after a massive reorganization and I was so much happier! I think the "use your instincts" when hiring advice is dead-on. I actually work with a bunch of clinical psychologists who taught me this. Hiring the person that's just a little "off" ("off" meaning any number of personality traits) even though they seem great on paper can throw off the entire balance of your team.

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm 0

On Interview With a Person Who Paid Off $48,000 in Student Loans in Four Years

@zeytin It happens. My PhD program was consistently ranked #1 in the country and they didn't guarantee funding for everyone. I chose it over several lower-ranked programs that would have guaranteed funding. I still got funded even though it wasn't a sure thing from year to year. To be honest, I'm still not sure if that was the right move, but hey, I have a PhD and a decent job and I'm very well trained.

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm 0

On Feeling "Meh" About Your Realized Dreams

@garli I finished my doctorate recently, but I have mixed feelings about it. I work in academia, do research, make a better salary than most post-docs and assistant professors, but I'm not tenure track so I'm not as well-respected as tenure track folks. I'm currently trying to sort out all my thoughts on this b/c I don't know if I'm cut out for the maximum BS/miminum $ life of the tenure track professor.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm 0

On A $429 Blender?

I have been on Weight Watchers for the past few months and have been making smoothies regularly. They're a great way to have a healthy snack. I haven't been doing green smoothies, though, because my stick blender is just more convenient and it can't handle greens like kale. My smoothies are more banana-based. For the Vitamix/green smoothie people out there: Is it making THAT much of a difference in your life? How? Do you really have that much more energy? I'm genuinely curious if my life would be that much better if I was on a green smoothie regimen.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm 0

On A Conversation With an Artist/Nonprofit Worker About Her Money

@highjump It was an eye-opening experience for me too. It's when I found out that I made more money at my after-school job than my mom made at her job! Neat! :-/

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm 0

On A Conversation With a Tax Accountant Who Earns $75,000 a Year

@olivia I agree, you should negotiate for a higher salary next time around. It's expected (unless they say "this offer is non-negotiable"). And this is not coming from a "lean in" place. This just comes from my shock when I hired someone and who just accepted my first offer which was a tad too low b/c I expected her to negotiate for a better salary and I had a ceiling. She needed a visa and in hindsight I think she just thought, "If I don't take the first offer, I'll have to leave the country."

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm 0

On What Water Do You Drink, How Do You Drink It?

@angry little raincloud I am moving to Germany immediately based on the information in your post.

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm 0