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Pop Culture

Poor Entertainment

Poor people tell their sob story on live television in the hope that the studio audience will give them money. Where would TV and film be without the financially challenged as some easy entertainment?

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Life

I’m a Scrooge and It’s Okay

Money is a strange subject. You can brag about it, but only if you “deserve” the money. You’re supposed to know about your financial health, but no one teaches you. And if spending isn’t your hobby, you’re a bore (hyperboles for everyone!).

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Life

Fear of Living Alone

I’ve never really, truly, been on my own before. And that scares the living shit out of me. While there is definitely a part of me that is looking forward to moving on and taking charge of my life, there is still another part of me that is absolutely terrified at the prospect.

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Crossposts

Our Bank Accounts, Ourselves

For the past two years or so, I’ve been putting a lot more effort into money management. While my bank account is by no means where I want it to be, and my habits are far from perfect, I feel like I’ve finally gotten to a place wherein I believe that I’ll be able to […]

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Life

Dr. Susan vs. Dr. Laura: Can girlfriends pay bills?

Anybody want to take a guess at what Dr. Laura thinks about splitting checks? Here’s a hint: it’s absurd. This week’s “advice” comes once again from Dr. Laura’s YouTube channel.

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Perspectives

Growing Pains: Financial Planning from Rags to Riches (I Wish!)

I was walking the dogs with my wife. It was a warm day for March, which means spring cleaning and moves when you’re living in an apartment complex. Whether because of a move or just switching out the old for the new, a neighbor had put a coffee table and a small dinner table by […]

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Women In Academia

Women in Academia: Three Stories about Money and Academia

Three stories broke recently, each highlighting slightly different issues facing academia. One focuses on undergraduate students struggling to make financial ends meet. Another focuses on the increasingly difficult funding landscape that may imperil the careers of researchers. And the last looks at the growth, and disparity in growth, between large and small university and college […]

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Women In Academia

Women in Academia: Playing with House Money

Thank you so much for your comments last week. You all helped me identify many sources of funding that can be broken into three main categories: in-house or university/department funds, external fellowships and scholarships, and personal funds. This week, I want to talk about university/department funds that some of us use to get by.

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Generation XX

Words from the Grown-Up Table: Part 1

Being an adult means all sorts of new words and phrases begin popping into our vocabularies.  Today we’re beginning another of our periodic series, this one on vocab for grown-ups.  We’ll cover a few key words and phrases in each round, so stay tuned for all the words you wish you remembered from the SAT.

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Life

The Other F-Word

Finances. Unless you’re in the financial industry, you probably hate dealing with finances, period. But you probably hate even more to discuss those finances with your significant other. As I’ve watched my friends join me in coupling off, I’ve noticed that one of the hardest things for couples to figure out is how to warm […]

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Ladyguides

Frugal Fun: Not as Lame as it Sounds

During the recession, most of us are either trying to sock away some emergency savings, or struggling to keep the bank account above zero. When you’re pinching pennies, it can be tough to keep your social life going. As a species, we have a natural inclination to eat, drink and be merry when we gather, […]