On Reader Dilemma: Can I Take My Bonus and Quit the Next Day?

@Sueb Totally agree. This happens at my current job (Wall Street) all the time. The weeks after bonus distribution are notorious for resignations. It happens, and your employer shouldn't freak out about it, but Sueb's advice is definitely worth following.

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 9:29 am 1

On The Ways We Make Money As Minors

I spent all my spare time babysitting my four younger siblings for the privilege of, you know, living in my parents' house and eating. I also did a little freelance copyediting in high school.

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm 0

On How To Define Productive: A "Do 1 Thing" Inspired Meditation

Oh man, I was talking about this in therapy yesterday. Why is the drive to achieve so strong? And why do I get no happiness from my achievements? What am I chasing if not happiness?

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:18 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Hello! This is my final weekend of holiday shopping, so I need to get a few final things and see some friends before heading out of town. Friday: Drinks with an old friend, $20. Saturday: Heading over to Bryant Park for some gifts. I need a picture frame for my grandfather ($25?), a few knicknacks for my grandma ($30), and a necklace for my mom ($40). Also grabbing some holiday cards, which are so exorbitantly priced... $15 for a box? Then hitting the gym and having friends over for a girls' night. Sunday: Relaxing, cleaning, laundry, gym. $6 for bagel and coffee, and maybe $15 for a few groceries to get me through the first couple days of the work week. Expected total: $145. Then the holiday spending will be done!

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:05 am 0

On Careful What You Put In Your Work Email, Sony Edition

My workplace has a rule: don't put it in writing if you wouldn't want it published on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. It's a good one.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm 0

On How a Young Australian Does Money

Wow, Rohie, I am in awe that you are financially independent and maintain some savings while managing your illnesses. At least with my depression it is sometimes impossible to go to work, and often incredibly difficult. Money anxiety is (for me) the literal worst. You are working, and saving, and paying rent, and seeking treatment, and sticking up for yourself re: that relationship, *and* writing about it! I'm so impressed!

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm 3

On Renting in a Megacity Is a New Lifestyle Phase

@franceschances Amen!

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 7:48 am 0

On Monday Check-In

Hello all! I had a quiet and wonderfully restorative weekend. Here's the breakdown: Friday: Used a free trial visit at a nearby gym, $0, then went to Fairway to get a refund for some yogurts that had busted open in my grocery bags on the way home the week before (+$4). Saturday: Bagel and coffee ($7), laundry (loaded $20 onto my card), and picked up some grapes on the walk back ($5). Watched a lot of Netflix =) Sunday: Joined said gym ($21) and ordered sushi as a weekend treat ($11). Cooked up a storm for the week ahead, planned Thanksgiving packing, and cleaned. All told, an even $60 for the weekend.

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 9:33 am 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

I did my one thing, y'all! I signed up for the TSA pre-check months ago, but never dragged my sad self to midtown west to show my passport and get fingerprinted. Accomplished that last night. It was shockingly quick, pleasant and efficient!

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm 1

On Friday Estimate

I had a very expensive Thursday, so it will be a low-budget weekend. Tonight: Dropping my suit jacket off at the dry cleaner ($6). Saturday: Customary bagel and coffee ($7) followed by a trip to a holiday market to browse for gifts. Not intending to buy anything, just looking for ideas! Dinner with friends in the evening ($20). Sunday: Home all day is the plan--Netflix, cleaning, cooking, resting before a family-filled Thanksgiving week. May do a small grocery shop ($15). Total Estimate: $48

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 10:39 am 0