@siege91 That's the thing, right? You can do everything "right" and be as prudent as Logan's dad was, but the rules have changed (and not in anyone's favor but essentially the 1%).
All of the xojane hate is looking a little hypocritical. Look at what y’all missed: -I refuse to pay dues or deal with other people. -I refuse to the concept of jobs that would pay me because I wouldn’t like them. JOURNALISM. -I go to Hawaii every year! -I don’t know how much money I have because I do not pay my bills. -I give my money to anyone near me who has a penis. (Because I refuse to take care of it.) -Sometimes, while living rent free with my parents, I like to go to a hotel in the city I live in to work. -I do my taxes while watching TV because I don’t want to pay attention. Only you can prevent xoj. Be the change people.
@deepomega No, I mean the thick layer of inside jokes no one is explaining, the congratulating of Ms. Vargas-Cooper on just . . . being alive and saying a thing? and how apparently her discussion of sexual bartering is a big joke even though it reads totally straight. Yes, suggesting a dude should buy you dinner since he'll end up with a BJ later is a strange firecracker to light and run away from. Thanks for setting an asshole trap for me though.
@Reginal T. Squirge I'm gonna throw one more in! I ASSUME I'm not getting the joke here. I think it's my feminism acting up again. Dagnabit.
@Bill Fostex The funny thing is, by going out with a bang with the offensive dating/"blowjay" (really?) shit, she's avoided the "Your parents pay for your lifestyle" complaints that feel more earned on this than any other Billfold piece.
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@stuffisthings But isn't that because the programmer sleeps in the MSFT offices, developing his shit and not complaining while the writer in this example just complains? I mean, I get your overall point, but even your example makes the writer seem like a privileged asshole and the programmer like a dedicated entrepreneur who won't stop at anything to accomplish his dreams.
Jeez, you guys. Not every article on this website needs to talk in-depth about economic issues on a global scale. It’s about how people experience their money, and just because their experience is not your experience doesn’t mean you should flip out because they’re not in your shoes. She’s describing what changed, and saying that sometimes she does feel nostalgic for the times she had no money but also few obligations, and what on earth is wrong with that? Don’t be mad at someone for being in a different place than you are and trying to describe it to you. If you want your perspective told, then tell it - don’t get mad at her for not telling it for you. I’m sure the Billfold takes submissions.
I am in no way saying that NYC rents are at a very reasonable level, or that it is not expensive to live there. Over $1,000 for an apartment with roommates is way too much, and those fees are ridiculous. But these stories about people not being able to live where they want to / do what they want to for a living, or having to make sacrifices to do so (roommates, high rents, low salaries, competition etc.) seem to be everywhere, and as a no-nonsense person it is starting to get a little old. I mean, if you can't live in an expensive area, move to a cheaper one. If you can't get a job in your (highly competitive, creative, low-paying) field, consider changing it to another one, or deal with it. Not everyone gets to do what they want, it's called life. I know this is not a popular opinion and goes against what I feel is the "American" mindset, but where I am coming from, it's starting to sound a bit ridiculous, and I'm having a hard time relating. Also, I don't think I even have a point, just needed to get that out of my system.
This is not related to savings, but I feel compelled to pass along this advice. When your brakes die and you're on the freeway? That is what your emergency (or parking brake) is for! It will not be pretty, but if you must stop and your regular brakes are dead, applying the parking or e-brake slowly will stop or at least significantly slow the car. This lesson brought to you by the time my grandmother let me borrow her car and her brakes did not come along for the ride.