My Seventy-Second and Last Paycheck as a Grad Student

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 reason I’m getting a check right now is because I could never get payroll to … Read entire article »

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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 | 27 Comments

How Joint Money Management Is Keeping My Marriage Together

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Blog Statistics Update July – August 2014

August 22nd, 2014 | 14 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 »

How to Work Out without a Gym Membership

August 18th, 2014 | 34 Comments

How to Work Out without a Gym Membership

One of the benefits I’m losing as I transition out of graduate school is free access to my university’s gym.  Apparently the graduate school no longer completely pays for the gym membership for students in their seventh years and above.  I could buy the membership for $120 per six months, but that price is too rich for my blood as … Read entire article »

Funemployment Report: Goals for August 2014

August 13th, 2014 | 19 Comments

Funemployment Report: Goals for August 2014

My funemployment officially starts in September because I am still employed full-time as a graduate student through August.  However, now that I am post-defense, I have the time to set myself up well to transition into funemployment.   I’m going to attempt to document my funemployment through a series of goal posts.  Just after the start of each month, I will report … Read entire article »

Dollar-Cost Averaging vs. Percentage-Based Budgeting

August 11th, 2014 | 20 Comments

Dollar-Cost Averaging vs. Percentage-Based Budgeting

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It’s Dr. EPF, Thankyouverymuch!

August 8th, 2014 | 31 Comments

It’s Dr. EPF, Thankyouverymuch!

I successfully defended my PhD on Wednesday.   Grad school is over (almost).   It’s only barely starting to sink in that the event that I’ve been working toward for six years has finally occurred and that I’m FREE!   The defense itself went well, I think.  I prepared HARD for my presentation and it was pretty good by the time I gave it (given the … Read entire article »

July 2014 Month in Review: Money

August 1st, 2014 | 18 Comments

July 2014 Month in Review: Money

I’m still in the throes of dissertating/preparing for my defense, so I don’t have too much to report this month.  Our spending is still pretty loose.  We’ll definitely have to tighten things up in a couple months when I’m without an income!   Kyle and I made a really dumb money mistake this month.  It definitely stems from our roles being out … Read entire article »

Blog Statistics Update June – July 2014

July 18th, 2014 | 8 Comments

Blog Statistics Update June – July 2014

Limited commentary for me this month.  I’m just trying to hang on through the end of this ride.  More next month.     Analytics Data from July 15, 2014   People who listen to us, as of July 15, 2014: RSS subscribers: 75 (too many fluctuations to bother recording change) Twitter followers: 907 (+4) Facebook fans: 57 (+1)   Rankings: Alexa: 139,311 (+23,586) Google PR: 3 (no change) MozRank: 5.07 (-0.12)   Some Google Analytics … Read entire article »