On "Money Can't Buy Happiness; It is Happiness": A State-By-State Analysis

@aardvark @aardvark I moved to Portland in April and it is not as expensive as I thought it would be and I live in the Pearl District which is one of the more trendy/over priced areas. I over pay for rent but everything else is great: No car!! I can walk/bike/ride public transportation wherever I want. NO SALES TAX IN OREGON!! The state taxes are way higher than PA (Where i moved from) but there are no local taxes or sales tax so it evens out a little bit. Portland is filled with so many bars, restaurants and food carts that its pretty cheap to eat good and have fun. My happiness level is defined as being able to do what I want when I want to and I can do that comfortably in Portland. PLUS OREGON IS BEAUTIFUL!! So many hikes and camping spots that are free!!

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm 0

On Multiple Raises a Year

@sony_b are there many options where you live?? If not consider relocating if you are a director at a big tech company you will have no problem getting a new job and them paying for relocation. I would never keep a job that long if no raise was given.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm 0

On Multiple Raises a Year

@NoName Well that's part of the game. I have never worked for a company that wasn't considered a tech "startup" (i hate the word. i hate all buzzwords) and I have never had a bad experience. It isn't for everyone but you know the risks and the rewards when you take the job.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm 0

On Multiple Raises a Year

Tech companies get a lot of heat for being out of touch and over paid or whatever but they take care of their employees a hell of a lot better than most.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:19 am 1

On Weed Sells Like Hotcakes! Who Knew?

I live in Portland but owed it to the younger version of me to go to Vancouver, Washington on day one to just check it out. I paid $60 for 2 grams and will probably never do that again just because it's too cheap elsewhere. Definitely an awesome experience though. The community and local government really embraced it and was an overall peaceful time.

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm 1

On Not 'Passionate,' But 'Moderately Enthusiastic'

@forget it i quit I am another coder. Dont make quite 6 figures but I have enough equity in my company to make the "exploitation" worth it. It is pretty much known in the industry that you basically do whatever it takes to get the job done and if that means an all nighter then thats what you do. It evens out though. I make sure to leave early/work from home when things aren't busy.

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm 0

On How Much Do You Spend on Cable/Internet Each Month?

$120 a month for cable (w/ HBO) and internet. My roommate and I are suckers for WWE Pay Per Views so its usually $50 more.

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 9:54 am 0

On How Much is Your Phone Bill Each Month?

T-Mobile - $150. I have my sister on my plan.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 9:21 am 0

On Much Ado About Interns

If someone is able to get college credits by working as an unpaid intern for you over the summer then that is a good way for them to benefit. I was one of those over-paid tech interns but would have done it either way because I got college credits and legit work experience out of it.

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 7:03 pm 0

On I Always Spend All My Money And I'm Never Going to Change, Am I

Here is my monthly process: First I start each month with an amount I made up to make me feel comfortable in my checking account. I have all my bills setup to auto debit. I only use my credit card for purchases thru the month. I ALWAYS pay it completely off each month. (Dont do this if you aren't going to pay it off). I find myself spending less if I know I will be making 1 large payment a month. It gives you a pretty good idea of how much money your spending. At the end of the month I take my checking account back down to my comfort limit and put the rest in my savings. A lot of times I do this process for each paycheck.

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm 0