On Remembrance of College Interviews Past

I remember the first interview I ever did…at Washington College in Maryland. I was so, so nervous. The interviewer asked me what my best quality was, and I answered that I "thought outside the box." And then (after a painful silence) when she asked me to expand on that, I just stared at her. Then she asked if I had any questions and I said I did not. I didn't end up applying to the school anyway. I ended up going to a kind of non-traditional college. I was interviewed in my home state, and the interviewer asked a bunch of questions, then, based on my responses, commented that I seemed to care a lot about what my friends and family thought about various things. It turned into a weird CBT session. But it was actually kind of an interesting talk, and his comment got the conversation moving (we talked about forming your own opinions on things, and how that can be difficult). And I got in, so it couldn't have been that bad, I guess...

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm 0

On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With a $20 Flip Phone

@tw0lle Sadly it was all very uneventful--mostly just threads of conversation drying up because it sometimes took me 12 hours to respond. Modern love!

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm 0

On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With a $20 Flip Phone

I had a flip phone for a long time (until last year), and I found the inaccessibility nice (it was VERY HARD to adjust to getting push notifications for email, etc on my new phone). However the technical difficulties that accompanied possession of said phone, such as not getting photos in texts and not being able to participate in mass texts, was annoying. When I did OKCupid I also wasn't able to use the app, so I didn't answer messages promptly in many cases, which was problematic. Twitter was a whole different experience. However the most major thing was that I couldn't use Google Maps, so I had to print out a map before I went anywhere (and I usually got lost anyway). Oh, also I couldn't look up hours or phone numbers, so sometimes I called information or, until like 2009, texted Google (remember that?).

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

I didn't spend any money on Friday evening (which is when I usually start estimating for the weekend) because I was at my office until 11 working. On Saturday, I spent about $8 on fruits and vegetables. On Sunday morning I spent $12 on groceries, then went back again and spent another $12 (friend came over, had nothing for lunch/snacks). So all told, a pretty cheap weekend, mostly facilitated by working through most of it.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 10:22 am 0

On Pros and Cons of "The Uber for Housecleaning"

Maybe recommend an ethical cleaning service? I think some people would pay more for a service that pays their workers a living wage with benefits, if it exists.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

This was the cheapest weekend in recorded memory. I spent $5 on peaches, pears, and cucumbers on Friday afternoon; $7 on laundry on Friday evening; $4.50 on coffee after the gym on Saturday morning, and $5 at a pottery sale. I took $40 out of the bank on Friday and I didn't even spend all of it!

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 9:08 am 1

On AirBnb Ruined Our Lives and Turned Us Into Entitled City Dwellers

@CeeEm stop queens is terrible never move to queens rats will eat you. (I live in Astoria and my fear of impending rent increases is a constant source of anxiety.)

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:36 am 4

On Give Your Kids Video Games to Teach Them About Money

My strategy in all Final Fantasy games was to level up incessantly and hoard my money until beating the game was pretty easy on Level 99 with the best weapons money could buy. Too bad life doesn't work that way--at least in FF7 the hard work of killing monsters guaranteed a living wage.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm 1

On The Cost of Five Days on Fire Island

My friends and I were going to rent a house on Fire Island this summer, but our budgets were so wildly divergent (finance person, low-paid creative professional, student with an hourly job, mid-level media person) that we just couldn't agree. Some of us wanted to stay in the cheapest place available, some wanted something really nice and close to everything. So in the end, we just didn't go. Which is a bummer. For my part, I pitched the idea of renting a place for the weekend in Rockaway (that would be like $60/night shared 4 ways!), but apparently everyone still thinks Rockaway is gross, which is silly…

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm 0

On Saving Money Vs. Earning Money

Some of the stuff about earning money in that thread is not actionable for the vast majority of people, especially stuff that hinges on craft/skill. For example there is a reply in there from a girl who customized Breyer horses. Not everyone can do that (see Regretsy). Also stuff like programming and designing websites is a particular skill. I think it's useful to keep in mind that hobbies can evolve into paying opportunities (at least in terms of making pocket money), but not everyone can become good enough at a hobby to make money (ANY money) from it.

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:32 am 0