The locally owned movie theater that gave me my first job came with the perk of free movies for your immediate family which was hard to fake bc it was a very small town. However there were several people working one shift a pay period just for this perk. So for a time we got one free movie pass (worth $7.50 at the time) per 3 hours worked. Incredibly easy to sell in the halls of my high school or to curry favor. A group of us once got the entire marching band into a movie for free. We went back to the old system within a year bc the payroll lady hated the free passes thing.
@annawiener Thanks Anna. From one reader's perspective, I read this series because it is more specific and interesting than the "rent in New York and SF is expensive!" story I can read a lot of other places. I live in DC, and while it wouldn't cost quite that much to live alone, it would cost about $1500* which I am one promotion away from sort of affording. Until then I'm stuck in group houseland. *not willing to compromise too much on distance to work, sorry not sorry. No Petworth.
@madrassoup Yeah. I really wish I knew that price too.
It literally just occurred to me, after 4+ months, that my roommate's annoying girlfriend must be using my shampoo and conditioner because my roommate shaves his head and there is no other shampoo or conditioner in our shower.
@Kthompson About half of community college tuitions are completely covered by the Pell grant (~5500). I'm guessing because of their family size the kids qualify for partial (or maybe even full?) Pell grant. That might change for the younger kids though, when the family size shrinks.
But you end up paying more interest over the life of the loan. And I fear this will just make people complacent about the actual cost of college. High tuition private schools with large endowments that put students in a lot of debt will end up being subsidized by the forgiveness policies.
@rhinoceranita The student loan interest rate deduction is gone for earners over $75k but it is "phased out" on a sliding scale for people who make between $60k and $75k.
@rhinoceranita Oh hi, are you me? Farmer/Blue collar/white collar! I was in college before I realized not everyone had a farm in the family to run around on.
@highjump If I do these things I am going to reward myself by going to the Crate and Barrel outlet after work.