@The Lady of Shalott This has nothing to do with "being young and financially strapped." This is some dude trying to write funny a piece about his mom's sort of outrageous ways of saving money.
@honey cowl Yes, this is a non-serious post written in jest (although we should all make an attempt to get fake white beards and pretend to be senior citizens to get movie theater discounts). Matt also wrote a fun, non-serious listicle about questionable theater plot twists for The Hairpin yesterday.
But to address the concern here: I've talked plenty about IRAs and savings tips and all that nitty gritty stuff before, and am sure to continue talking about all of that in the future and beyond. There are days when we have non-serious pieces like this one and yesterday's Shark Tank recap. There are days when we have very serious pieces, like interviews with a labor journalist, or a look at the personal finance industrial complex, or yesterday's conversation with a person living on $15,000. The goal is and always has been to have a balance of both.
When I was applying for college & the associated loans (including a perkins), I had a discussion with my parents regarding the following: choosing a major and its market-ability and using this information in choosing a school and the debt load the related career would afford me to handle. In my 18 year old head it seemed terribly unfair. But I think more people need to be having this discussion. Opting for an expensive education for the sake of the institution's reputation, then blaming the institution for your not being able to pay for services received seems a little wrong-headed to me.
"Yo, Hulu? This is Amalgamated Coca-Cola RJR Nabisco Pepsico Yum Ford Brands Incorporated Ltd. GmbH. Gimme, I dunno, 300 million impressions for next week. We've got some kind of new snack cracker or body spray or something, or maybe it's a car, or, shit, was it a movie? Fuck if I know. Anyway, we're gonna need those 600 million eyeballs. Huh? Targeting? Yeah, um, I dunno, humans, age 0-200. We'll take the smarter apes too. Look it really doesn't matter to us. $300? Great, sounds good. Send us that invoice, we'll try to get your check out in two or three years tops. Talk to you next week!"
I really expected to see a tag for "human dog". Otherwise, excellent chat! Not that there's anything wrong with Logan & Mike's chats, but the dynamic is so familiar now that it's great that other people are featured for variety. I don't know if any of the sentences I just wrote make any sense because I'm pretty much drunk from drinking some kind of award-winning delicious German beer. I would definitely lend money to you right now, Logan.
@Sarah Rain@facebook "What I deserve to be paid" is like "expected value at auction," i.e. no one knows at all.
I feel for you, seeing as you really try. And the chapter about the various scams that only seek to exploit desperate job seekers makes my heart ache. But, this part: "I’ve worked retail for $8.50/hour when my skill set is well worth an $80,000 salary." I really do believe your skill set is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. I'm one of those people. I don't know where you got that figure, but if that's what other people with similar degrees / skills are being paid, then that's what THEY'RE worth. It's always a personal thing, a salary, and it's not just about the skills and degrees. It's about the situation, the specific position, work experience, the company, how well you sell your skills to them etc. And I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, that's not what I intended at all! But I don't think anything's worth something no one is willing to pay, and sometimes lowering salary expectations pays off later.
@jfruh I think real liberals are supposed to live on urban farms, spin their own fabric out of illegally grown hemp, and wipe their asses with kale now.
God, I come back and half the comments are the woman herself, sniping at commenters. Now that's a hot mess. Agree, smells like xojane. Is Mike Dang at a wedding?
So the Billfold is going to be like xojane now and just post the most ludicrous, attention-seeking garbage they can come up with in an effort to drive page views? I get it. But it doesn't mean I like it.