@samburger Seconded! Also, mad props to both Laura and Sarah, but Sarah and husband, you guys are BEASTS (I mean that as a compliment). You saved and paid off a quarter of your gross salaries in one year! I salute you.
@polka dots vs stripes Awww, I'm sorry to hear that--I hope things smooth out for you! My own personal financial anxiety is triggered by the word "daycare." Just... ugh.
@polka dots vs stripes Well, it's $75K take-home, which works out to $6,250/month. After savings and discretionary spending, they're down to $3,740. Obviously costs of living vary dramatically, but that would definitely cover housing, groceries, and car insurance/gas where I am.
Oh, man. So many feelings! I've also been wildly, wildly unhappy at work before, to the point where I started crying *before* I got into the office, anticipating all the stress and drama to come. Now I'm in a zero-stress job with coworkers I like very much... but I feel really meh about the work itself. All I want is an easygoing job with cool coworkers at an organization I believe in doing work that is meaningful and respected. Also, it pays me a ton AND I can bring a dog to work AND we get summer Fridays. Is that so much to ask?!?
Oh, boy. We spent alotta money this weekend; $67 groceries, a $223 Costco run ($100 alone on Pur water filter replacements and razors), $70 on pet supplies, and $125 on booze (which was mostly a $70 bottle of scotch for a friend who just had a baby). $485! Ouch. I did get $60 for clothes I sold to Beacon's Closet, though, so we're at $425 net.
@PicNic Oof. Your new roomie... doesn't sound great. I love Ask a Manager/Alison Green's advice on workplace rudeness, where all you say in response is, "Wow," and exit the conversation, but that's probably tougher when you live with the other person/
@frumious bandersnatch I'm at about $1,400, although I live with my partner and split all regular costs wit him 50/50, so there are some economies of scale. No debt, normal bills, live in NYC, and also save bunches.
@siege91 That's amazing! Do you still maintain that kind of savings rate?
@nnlsbin Congrats! Sounds like you're doing a great job!
@andnowlights I'm of the mind that debt payoff = savings, so congrats! I paid off $10K in credit card debt one year and pretty much bragged to everyone I knew.