@ellabella Vanderbilt is a top tier law school, and if you get good grades there, you legitimately have a chance at a BigLaw job. If that's what she wants, then law school might not be a terrible economic risk.
@jquick in this economy, I would think law school would be a frugal person's nightmare. Srsly - at $45k a year, that's $135k total, and the median salary for a starting lawyer is $60k (unless you have good grades at one of the top schools). At least she seems to have her eyes open re: her employment prospects . . . but as a frugal person who graduated from law school into a better economy, there is no way I would go to law school now.
I FINALLY called a plumber to check out my drain that's been clogged for ages. And I'm about to call the pharmacy about a prescription.
I stopped eating meat almost 2 years ago, and my leather shoes from my meat-eating days are now mostly worn out. I'm struggling with the undeniably crappy quality of the shoes I've bought post-change.
@Kthompson I completely agree. If you think retirement or financial security is out of your reach, then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. When I first started working, I found the Women in Red series on MSN really inspiring - it's stories of women working their way out of debt while not making very much money at all. (there're not collected in one place, but here's one of them: http://money.ca.msn.com/savings-debt/mp-dunleavey/storyviewer.aspx?cp-documentid=22508432) It's completely possible, and you don't need to be earning a fortune in order to put aside money for retirement. For books, I like: Your Money or Your Life - it gets you thinking about how much you're spending will cost you in terms of your time (e.g., if you're making $10/hr, then that cocktail is worth an hour of your life) Intelligent Asset Allocation - still working through this one, but it's good for investment strategies
I've heard a lot about how people get fantastic deals by gaming the credit card point system, but I do not understand how that works. Anyone?
I like to my favorite books (Richard Scarry) as a child for my friends' babies. Even if the baby isn't quite ready for them right now, s/he will be soon.
@cryptolect I did this too! I was stationed in a town outside of Lyon, where there were a few other foreign language assistants but hardly anybody spoke English. My position provided housing (I was lucky, this isn't always the case) and a stipend of 600 Euros a month, which was enough for traveling. Highly recommend.
@cuminafterall but what's wrong with brogues?
@NoName you, too! Who do you work for?? Where can I get good yoga clothes?