I do not and have never participated in the monthly check in (because I am in graduate school and therefore making debt rather than paying it off) but I had a tiny panic attack this afternoon when I noticed there was no November installment. Yay Logan! Yay everybody! I love rooting for you guys.
@louisebelcher I went to Duke and the best friends I made there were the ones I worked with. Socializing with coworkers really helped weed out the pearl-and-polka-dot set.
$30/month. I would like this number to be higher, because I love food, but: graduate school.
I enjoyed this article up until the Crop Circle Wheat. Crop Circle tastes like old pants. Thanks for reassuring me that the Duck Blind won't be a waste of my extremely limited dollars as long as I can pack down five beers!
@walls So I am in a similar situation (entering year 2 of a 4-year graduate program, mostly going without loans but will need some eventually) and have a thought. If you are going into graduate school in the US and getting federal loans, it might not be a good idea to take loan money and hold onto it. The government no longer offers subsidized loans to graduate students and your loans will accrue 6.8% interest from the day you accept them. I decided to go for as long as I could with as few loans as I could, even though it might make things touch-and-go my fourth year, because there's no investment I could make that would compensate for a 6.8% interest rate.
I am the worst food snob in the world but there is literally nothing as delicious as funfetti. Lucky money.
@olivia Yes. My dad is A Rich Person and constantly creates pressure for himself this way. Every time we talk, he complains to me about all the maintenance he has to do on his four cars and two houses, and I am just physically incapable of sympathizing. You are one person and you live alone! Why do you have four cars??
@franklina I wasn't trying to be harsh, despite joking a little bit above. My primary feeling after reading the article was sadness about the guy's obvious anxiety. He is doing so well! He has a diversified income and a huge amount of saleable property that he could use in case of emergency. He has a spouse who could work should the need arise, although she might prefer not to. He has hedged his bets in every possible way and he still sounds miserable, and I see pathos in that.
Sounds like this dude has some underlying anxiety problems that just happen to have manifested themselves in his attitude towards money. But why half-ass things? If he's really worried about the imminent collapse of the world economy, he should start saving up for an addition to his basement in which to store his gold krugerrands.
@stuffisthings Drugs! Surfactant, expensive pressors that have to be mixed as needed, pain control, antibiotics, plus the cost of the pharmacists to double-check all the doctors' orders and prep the meds. This in no way speaks to the overall appropriateness of the bill. There are reasons I don't work in human healthcare anymore and a 2.4 million dollar bill is one of them.