Consider yourself lucky. When I was 19, I went to visit my best friend who was studying in France. It was my first time out of the country. After a lovely 8 day trip, I headed to Charles de Gaulle Airport on the Metro and, due to my confusion with the way generally everything worked (really, it's a miracle I even took public transportation to the airport alone with no language skills) I arrived approximately 40 minutes before my flight was to depart - not the best thing, but it could have been worse. They wouldn't even let me check in because I had to be there an hour early for an international flight (something I wasn't aware of, and still don't always abide by). I had to PURCHASE AN ENTIRE NEW FLIGHT BACK TO THE USA. I called my father, hysterical, and he had to put it on a credit card. Felt like a scam. It's been 10 years and I still haven't been back to France.
Rachel Comey usually gets marked down 75% off or more at the end of every season. Never pay full price for her stuff. Also: INA, Century 21, Tokyo Joes, Tokio 7.
2 years out (graduated in 2012 from CUNY - Hunter) and I'm making mid-career salary ($75K). This is due entirely to the fact that I worked full time through college which helped me obtain the position I have today (digital producer). This position also has absolutely nothing to do with my degree (BA, Philosophy). Ah, life is weird.
I also made hummus for friends this past weekend for the first time! It actually turned out amazing. I think you definitely need to add salt next time - crucial. Or maybe it's because my Vitamix is pure magic. I used a 25 ounce can of chickpeas, took the skins off of them (pro tip: pour all chickpeas in a large bowl, cover the bowl with a plate, and shake vigorously for a minute. The skins will almost all come off on their own), added a few glugs of olive oil, a teaspoon or so of salt, a garlic clove, and a tablespoon of tahini. Whir in the Vitamix for about 3 minutes. Top with more olive oil and some paprika or whatever tasty spice you like. Dunzo.
My boyfriend and I Airbnb'd our apartment for certain weekends (and sometimes weeks) throughout 2012-2013. I think it was an incredible opportunity to have been able to make so much money doing that (and I really mean so. much. money), but I don't think I would have the energy for it anymore. We, too, were constantly hustling to clean the apartment in time for the next guest, running out and buying new towels when the last guest stole them, stained them, etc. We were lucky in that we had a place outside of the city to stay (about two hours away), so whenever we needed to save some money on any given month, we'd just take Airbnb guests and leave for a few days. Too often, though, we would Airbnb our place despite having a solid week of work in the city (we were freelancers at the time), or an early morning meeting downtown. We actually found ourselves paying to stay at a (hilarious, mirrored-ceiling) motel in New Jersey just so we would be close enough to get to our jobs the following morning. Was it worth it? Probably, especially those weekends where we'd make $800 just to leave. Would I do it again? No.
I am also in the process of saving my sweet spot amount of $10K before hopefully dipping out of New York (after 9 years!). I have until March 2015 when my lease is up and I'm already at $4K! Eek, this is kind of inspiring me to bump it up to $15K.. One thing that really resonated with me in one of these stories was the person who said they were so tempted to just use the entire amount they saved to pay off their student loan[s]. But instead, someone told them to enjoy it, so they took an epic trip to Iceland (or something). My loans are currently at $34K and it practically feels selfish to be saving money for myself.. Fucking loans.
I am on track to save around $10K this year and pay off $12K in student loan debt on a $75K/year salary. I am basically broke all the time. My goal is eradicate $35K in student loans by the time I'm 30 (I'm 27). I also feel like there is no way I'm always going to make this much money. I've been paid over $60K since early 2013 and only just started saving in February 2014 for the first time ever. After realizing I had been living paycheck to paycheck for over 8 years no matter what I was making, I kind of kicked it into overdrive. IMO, it's worth being "broke" to see my savings account rise every week. It actually gives me anxiety to think about tapping into the savings account for any reason.
@apples and oranges How is the writer glamorizing drunk driving by writing about, and acknowledging, her own mortality? Perhaps she was genuinely grateful that she made it back alive after driving back to her campsite drunk. Is the very fact that she wrote about it glamorizing it? You should rethink that.