Usually I make a big pot of something- lentils with swiss chard and goat cheese is a favorite- and bring it for several days in a row. But last week I tried something different. I bought half a rotisserie chicken, a mixed green salad and a small container of potato salad from the grocery store on my way into work. This cost about $10 total, and there was room in the refrigerator to store it all. I was able to have easily available chicken, salad and potatoes for three lunches, all for a little over $3 per day.
I really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing.
This is a helpful post. My husband just started a new job yesterday and is opening his first 401K. His company matches, which is awesome, but I'm glad to know that we should check to see if it's in stock and make sure the percentage doesn't get out of hand.
Meaghan, the Lord and Taylor department store on 38th St carries a lot of small sizes. A friend of mine wears a 5 and has consistently good luck there.
@seaermine Yes, taps are the way to go if you are hard on the outsides of your heels as I am. My guy charges about $3 per shoe for them.
Such great work, Logan. I'm sitting here wondering what I could do to help and wishing I was generally a better person who would do what you did myself.
Huh. I'm a GW alumna (1998-2002). Both of my parents were public school teachers in West Virginia and earned about $65K combined, so there's no way our ability to pay was what got me in. I was a good student in high school, but I'm no genius. I got a good financial aid package every year, though not a full ride. I still had to use loans to cover the rest plus the cost of living (moved to the VA suburbs at the first opportunity after my freshman year). I've got about $30K left to go. Perhaps I was one of the lucky ones, or perhaps their admissions practices have drifted even more towards selecting wealthy students than 15 years(!) ago. There were a lot of very rich kids when I was there- I knew a guy whose family had a private jet that they'd fly him and his friends around on. But there were enough average students, too. The school does hustle for money like crazy, though. I told them that maybe when I finish paying off my loans, I'll consider making a donation.
Welcome Meaghan! I'm sure you'll do a great job.
We're leaving tonight for our honeymoon. Stopping in Germany first to visit family and friends and then going to France for two weeks, most of which will be cycling through the Loire Valley. Of course, this is going to be more expensive than doing something more local, but the on-the-ground costs aren't bad (though airfare is always a big expenditure). Here are my estimates for two people: Train ticket from Germany to Paris: $200 Hotel in Paris, 2 nights incl tax: $350 Food in Paris: $200 estimated Train from Paris to Blois via Orleans: $120 Bike rental with panniers, 14 days: $372 Luggage portage: $9/suitcase per transfer between any hotel and any other hotel in the region: $18/transfer, maybe 5 transfers ($90 total). Lodging at inns or small hotels (currently unbooked except for the first two nights): $80 per night estimated ($1,120 total) Food: Maybe $50ish per day, on average. I'm taking a travel picnic set and nylon sheet, so hopefully we'll be able to carry our own food while riding. But we'll also have some dinners out, and I'm not sure what the cost of those will be. ($800 estimated). Wine: I think tastings at most places are free or low cost, and a bottle of nice wine is definitely cheaper on the whole in France than in the US. Maybe $200? Total estimated cost for a two week self-guided cycling vacation/honeymoon for two people in the Loire Valley: ~$3,500, though I may go over budget on amazing cheese and wine.
It took me a year of employment, a year and a half at grad school, and another 15 months of employment (all early-to-mid 2000s) to beat the current average starting salary for my undergrad school, GWU, by about $9K. I luckily moved up the food chain a bit further salary-wise until about 2008, but wages have been flat, flat, flat since then.