On Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Left Journalism Due to Low Pay

@tussock I am seriously seriously considering leaving academia. I have a great research job at a university. I don't want to leave for the tenure track or a post-doc and take a huge pay cut while doing 3Xs the work. I need more money if I EVER want to live with a safety net and I can't find a research job in academia that pays more than I currently make. I constantly have to talk myself out of panicking over this.

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 6:26 pm 0

On Gwyneth Paltrow GOOPs Up Food Stamps

@CMD+click Me three. I have no idea how to budget for groceries/food/eating out. I am ALWAYS over my goal. Maybe I just have to accept that I consider cooking/eating a hobby and - therefore - am always going to buy the more expensive stuff. Like, my boyfriend and I will plan our weekends around making a special meal. I don't even go nuts doing all organic, etc, but if there's a hormone-free package of chicken sitting there, I'm getting it.

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 2:26 pm 0

On How Do You Know When to Stop Spending?

@orangezest The self-care thing is a really good point! I'll feel guilty about spending on certain things for months, and then finally I'll just admit to myself that I'm always going to spend money on X every month, then I'll add it to my Mint budgets and adjust other budgets (i.e, the ones I typically don't spend the entire budget amount) if necessary. Then I don't have to feel guilty about it b/c I know it's there for specific purpose X.

Posted on April 6, 2015 at 2:55 pm 0

On Hotel Preferences: For The President, ESPN & A Gym

@mp Yep!

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm 0

On Hotel Preferences: For The President, ESPN & A Gym

Thanks for publishing this list. I belonged to an academic organization that holds a huge annual conference that had to be moved to Las Vegas at the last minute b/c we don't cross picket lines. I don't know the ins and outs, but I assume the move to Vegas was because it was the only place that could accommodate the conference on short notice (being just a few months in advance). It was kind of weird walking through a smoky casino floor while on the way to give a talk on my dissertation, but I had a good time!

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm 0

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@lp917 I think the really troubling thing is that renting vs. owning is not - and never has been - a deep dark secret that we all carry in the depths of our hearts. Do you rent? Or do you own? Very straightforward. No excuse for lying, and it's not a little white lie that we all sometimes use to spare someone's feelings or keep them from worrying. There's just no reason for a lie like this other than the fact that he wanted his wife to think he is someone who he is not. I find that really disturbing. I guess lots of people are okay with it too. Maybe you have to be burned by one of these people - or watch someone be burned - for it to raise your ire.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 4:23 pm 1

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@@fo Maybe the word "substantial" made it sound like I think people who rent out their condos are rolling in dough. I didn't mean to give that impression at all. I just thought it would be an amount of money that would be large enough for a spouse to notice.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 3:42 pm 0

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@Vincennes You're right! I forgot about the whole subletting thing.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm 0

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@Cnj Right...if you rented out a condo, that would normally be a substantial source of income. There would have to be so many more lies to cover this up...like, creating a renter out of thin air for instance.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@Louise Belcher Disagreeing SO SO HARD as well!!! Maybe because I just watched a friend going through a disastrous divorce with a lying cheating narcissistic dirt bag. One of the things I learned when it started falling apart was that they had not bought their new fabulous home - as he had told everyone - but were renting it. I'm not sure if she was deceived on this point, or was just complicit in the deception. Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm 0