@sasha Yeah there is something missing here which is irksome for a "how X does money" column. Trust fund is probably close to the truth, given the comments about their supportive family. It is frustrating that after reading this column I'm still left wondering HOW THEY DO THEIR MONEY.
This certainly is an interesting topic but I wish it had been more about money. The ways farms do money is fascinating! And I felt like everything here was so vague. They didn't even say whether they took some kind of salary, how much they save for long term projects, if they had student loans or consumer debt, or even how they saved to pay for their land. "It was a great season, but unfortunately, we a) made no money, and b) did not have the support of the community that owned the land. At the end of the season, it became clear that the community was not going to support us having a farm there again. It’s complicated, but long story short, Justin and I decided that we were ready to start looking for our own place. We fell in love with the first place we saw, and by late 2012 we had closed on 40 acres of paradise." So...how did you go from making no money to buying 40 acres?
I’m paying off a private student loan Feb check in: $7253 Today: $7114 I didn't pay any extra toward the loan this month because I moved which was really really really expensive. So I am not sure I'll make my goal of paying this off by the end of the year, but this month I hope to at least focus on getting it under $7k.
@Marille As a proud union member and Hilton Gold status holder Hilton is kind of the best out there. Though the Starwood system is pretty good too. That list is a boycott and LABOR DISPUTE list meaning those hotels have a union, but contract negotiations are probably not going well and the union is showing their power by calling for a boycott. Marriott is anti-union across the board. That doesn't mean NO Marriotts are unionized, but they fight them a lot harder than Hilton. The agency that does the travel for my company won't even book us at Marriotts any more because of their anti-union practices. If we have to go to one for a trade fair or something we have to book it ourselves. [I travel a lot for my job and have become one of those people who can talk about flight status and hotel points ALL DAY]
There is power in a union. And that power is bacon.
I feel you on the job/"informational" interview situation most of all when you're on the side of being interviewed/screened because usually the person interviewing you pays for your meal and if you're taking leftovers it seems more like you were using them for the food? And then when you're shaking hands at the end sometimes you're juggling this container? Ugh. I love food but it isn't worth it in that context.
@Tripleoxer I am moving into a new rental soon and will be spending at least $5k this weekend between deposit, 1st month's rent, and deposit for the movers. At least you're building equity or whatever?
@A-M There's an Aveda training salon in Chinatown, friends say it is good but slow (instructors have to check it and so on). I get mine cut at bang salon and depending on the stylist you go to and the level of "finishing" you want (a thorough blowout adds an extra $10) it is between $49 and $70 for cuts. No regrets.
I’m paying off a private student loan Jan check in: $7759 Today: $7253 My original goal was paying this by the end of the year, but now I'm moving which is hella expensive. We'll see!
@Christy It is the unbridgeable divide.