On The Cost of a Trip to Iceland

@Lily Rowan ooh please post about your experience with a whirlwind visit there--I'm thinking about adding on a short stopover on my way to London this summer and I want to know if it's worth it for one night!

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 1:25 pm 0

On I Woke Up Doing 1 Thing

My 1 Thing (I haven't done a 1 Thing in so long) is to make a spreadsheet for all the grants and scholarships I'm applying for for summer research/continued schooling. Current count is at 4 applications, all with additional various and sundry supplemental materials required.

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm 0

On I Sold My Bone Marrow for $300 and You Can Too

I really need to start charging for my (time spent donating my) platelets. Didn't realize bone marrow was an option...wonder how often you can do that...

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm 0

On 1 Thing Put a Spell on Me

My 1 Thing is tooooooo draft a lease for my new tenant/roommate so's I can get some cash money for the next six weeks. Gotta do it today because she moves in tomorrow.

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 12:44 pm 0

On Layaway Plans

It reminds me of the tax refund debate. Yes, your money could be working for you if you had that extra $15 with every paycheck, but if this is the game you need to play to save money/buy your kids a Christmas gift/whatever, it's good to know what works for you. (I've never used layaway but I like the idea much better than all the credit card debt I'm struggling with. And I definitely prefer the lump sum tax refund as a way to pay down said debt, it makes me feel much more accomplished.)

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm 2

On I Want to Do 1 Thing Right But Not Right Now

I have two 1 things, but they are related. 1 thing 1: Figure out how much my paychecks will be reduced for the rest of the year because of a taxable tuition remission benefit. Thank god only $1100 was taxable, because it’s going to be up to $100 a check that I won’t get. Which leads to 1 thing 2: Find a seasonal second job so that I can afford bills/Christmas presents/holiday affairs. I inexplicably got turned down from the retail job I worked last year (Macy's). I hated the retail job I did 3 years ago (Target). I am not coordinated/strong enough to waitress. Any ideas?

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm 1

On Don't You Ever Say I Just Walked Away From 1 Thing

My 1 thing was to apply for seasonal employment at the same department store I worked at last year. I wanted to make it through the rest of the year without having to get a second job or a roommate, but then I decided I want to pay off $5000 of non-mortgage debt (because of that windfall article the other day, wherein I realized that $20K would not cover my debt, but maybe I can break it into more manageable chunks) so I am now looking for both a second job AND a roommate. Anyway I did my 1 Thing this morning, and now I'm going to eat a PBJ sammich instead of going out for lunch like I really wanted to do till I wrote this comment. Progress indeed.

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm 0

On I'd Totally Save Money If It Didn't Feel Impossible

I make the same in a MUCH cheaper city and now I feel bad about the many more wants I splurge on. I do save a little, actually, enough to get my employer match for my 403b (5%), and I have an emergency fund that fluctuates between $500-$1000 based on whether I decide to throw a chunk at my substantial CC debt. But yeah, mostly I'm just getting by.

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 11:43 am 1

On What Would You Do With a $20,000 Windfall?

Uhhhh hahaha I don't like to think about things like this because it makes me realize that $20K wouldn't even cover my non-mortgage debts. I think I might have a panic attack now.

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm 1

On Sad Paragraphs of the Shutdown

RE: the third quote, and perhaps this is common knowledge but I didn't know, apparently NIH trials are for kind of last chance cases. As a tumblr-er put it, these people will probably not live long enough for the next relevant trials to come around, so basically they are missing out on their last fighting chance at surviving.

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 10:19 am 0