How My Funemployment Is Different from Jan from the Office’s Unemployment

How My Funemployment Is Different from Jan from the Office’s Unemployment

I am a huge fan of The Office.  I’ve probably watched through the whole series about eight times on Netflix!  It’s my go-to programming in the evening when I’m cooking, cleaning or otherwise occupied when I can mostly only listen.  Well, it just so happened that I recently rewatched the episode “Money,” in which Michael is basically a poster child for what not to do in personal finance.  But this time around, I was struck … Read entire article »

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What to Do About a Large Reimbursable Expense

September 15th, 2014 | 34 Comments

What to Do About a Large Reimbursable Expense

In May, I went on an interview and incurred some incidental reimbursable costs for food and transportation (my flight and hotel were paid directly by the company). Also in May, Kyle registered for a conference; in June he booked his flight to the conference; in July he paid for his lodging and food at the conference. All of his costs … Read entire article »

Targeted Savings Accounts and Funemployment for the One-Car Win!

September 10th, 2014 | 16 Comments

Targeted Savings Accounts and Funemployment for the One-Car Win!

I had a great experience last week – about as good of an experience as you can have running errands, that is.    This funemployed spouse/homemaker gig is pretty nice, both for me and for Kyle.   We noticed that our car needed to be repaired, so we made an appointment with our mechanic to drop off the car one weekday morning.  … Read entire article »

Surprise! You Get a 401(k) Match!

September 8th, 2014 | 16 Comments

Surprise! You Get a 401(k) Match!

This post is by my (Emily’s) younger sister, Michelle, who is making awesome financial decisions under my and Ramit Sethi’s tutelage (I gave her I Will Teach You to Be Rich for Christmas a few years ago). In spring 2013, she started working full-time as an hourly employee in a doctor’s office. This post is on how she found out … Read entire article »

August 2014 Month in Review: Money

September 5th, 2014 | 22 Comments

August 2014 Month in Review: Money

Our income this month was Kyle’s new postdoc pay plus my normal stipend paycheck. Even with the higher income from July (Kyle’s first month as a postdoc), we kept our budget the same and it will be the same for next month (funded by our pay this month). We won’t really adjust our budget or money management system until October’s … Read entire article »

Funemployment Report: August 2014

September 3rd, 2014 | 17 Comments

Funemployment Report: August 2014

My funemployment officially started on Monday!  I spent all of Monday at home or doing errands, then spent all of Tuesday on campus, and I’m spending today at the public library.  I want to figure out quickly which places and times are most conducive to me working efficiently (similar to Erin trying to get in the zone for working).   Last week … Read entire article »

My Seventy-Second and Last Paycheck as a Grad Student

September 1st, 2014 | 38 Comments

My Seventy-Second and Last Paycheck as a Grad Student

Last Friday I picked up my seventy-second and last paycheck from my university for my role as a graduate student.  This post is a bunch of random thoughts about my experience of being a paid graduate student.       1. My final paycheck was for $2,088.77.  My first paycheck in September 2008 was for $1,807.46. At first glance, this is quite depressing.   2. The … Read entire article »

Dreaming of Financial Incentives for Grad Students

August 27th, 2014 | 26 Comments

Dreaming of Financial Incentives for Grad Students

Last night I literally dreamed about how my progress through my PhD might have been different if there were financial incentives in place.  In the last few weeks I’ve been reflecting on what I wish I had done differently during grad school; I’m in that super-jaded place that a lot of people get to around the time that they defend.   I … Read entire article »

How Joint Money Management Is Keeping My Marriage Together

August 25th, 2014 | 31 Comments

How Joint Money Management Is Keeping My Marriage Together

I have recently been thinking quite a lot about career transitions, two-body problems, and money in marriage. Kyle and I keep completely joint finances, which I think is a key reason that we are living in the same city and working together to optimize our two-body solution.  If we had separate finances, things would probably look quite different…     How We Got … Read entire article »

Blog Statistics Update July – August 2014

August 22nd, 2014 | 15 Comments

Blog Statistics Update July – August 2014

This period represents EPF’s return to LIFE (and mine, too!).  Really just about the last week of this period.  So of course I didn’t put up as many posts or received as many comments as before my hiatus, but that’s fine.  Things are coming back full force!   I also bought my flight to FinCon14 this month!  I also booked a room … Read entire article »