@angry little raincloud Was this for a Ph.D? Did you have fellowships for the other years? I have to TA every semester...I need the money.
This all sounds very smart, but a lot of this is not applicable to Ph.Ds in the humanities, where good teaching evaluations are currency. Which means you have to commit more time and energy than you'd like to every little student crisis that comes along. Also, before going back to school, I worked for five years...in freelance film production. I actually make more money as a grad student.
One of my favorite weird things about Quebec (and maybe the rest of Canada?) is the prevalence of ethnic fast food chains--there's a Thai Express on every corner, Basha and Amir compete for the Mediterranean fast-food market (both have great mezze but shitty falafel), and the mall food court is full of Greek, Vietnamese, and Korean spots. Bonus: you can get a vegetarian (or even vegan) option nearly anywhere. No real Mexican food to speak of, though.
I am not now, nor have I ever been, on a family plan. I came here to say that I remember when people used to pay $600 for a CELL PHONE, and I still can't believe that it's a thing that happened.
@Sean Dailey@facebook Odds are good there are many small, poorly managed coffee shops out there...where was yours?
@Allison I had a job (small, poorly managed coffee shop) where I had more than one paycheck bounce. The first time was my second paycheck ever there. The other employees said "yeah, that happens here."
@Sebastien Dimichele@facebook Imperial Boots on Bleury and Sherbrooke!
I just came here to say *read* The Best of Everything, READ IT NOW.
@ECW I mean, I don't know what other kind of advice is out there, but that's why I'm not writing articles (ETA: or an e-book) providing negligibly useful advice about paying off student loans.
So the solution to paying off your loans is "get a job that pays a lot of money"?