Why Is My Take-Home Pay as a Postdoc Nearly the Same as When I Was a Grad Student?

Why Is My Take-Home Pay as a Postdoc Nearly the Same as When I Was a Grad Student?

Despite the fact that Kyle got over a 40% raise when he transitioned from grad student to postdoc, his postdoc take-home pay is depressingly similar to his grad student take-home pay. I had heard rumors of this phenomenon but had never quite believed it. The reasons for it are partially generalizable and partially specific to us, but I hope they are illuminating for other people going through this same transition.       Kyle gave me permission to share … Read entire article »

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Awesome Comments and Posts 4-17Oct 2014

October 18th, 2014 | 14 Comments

Awesome Comments and Posts 4-17Oct 2014

This is the first week of the newly reinstated round-up post! The purpose is to 1) give you some life updates on us that don’t fit into blog posts, 2) highlight great members of the EPF community and 3) point you all to excellent posts by other PF bloggers.   In the last two weeks, I interviewed for an internship I was … Read entire article »

Funemployment Report: September 2014

October 15th, 2014 | 18 Comments

Funemployment Report: September 2014

I definitely didn’t accomplish anywhere near what I wanted to this month, yet I felt it was a very productive month. I just set way too ambitious goals! I’m going to continue to set ambitious goals and mostly fail at them because I’d rather do that than feel like I don’t have much to do or am not sure what … Read entire article »

First Job Problems: Payroll Deductions Are Annoying!

October 13th, 2014 | 27 Comments

First Job Problems: Payroll Deductions Are Annoying!

Apparently I’m doing a whole series about surprising or confusing things that happen when you get a real job! I mean, Kyle’s job is only like half-real (postdoc so he’s still in training and isn’t paid what he’s worth, but he gets a W-2 so he’s a real employee). I’ve already covered why we chose not to enroll him in … Read entire article »

September 2014 Month in Review: Money

October 10th, 2014 | 19 Comments

September 2014 Month in Review: Money

Please sign up for EPF’s new newsletter at the top of the right sidebar. I’ll email you about once per month about behind-the-scenes stuff. The purpose is to better connect with you!   This is going to be my last spending report in this format because we have revamped our money management system starting in October. So look out for some … Read entire article »

Revamping Our Money Management System

October 6th, 2014 | 27 Comments

Revamping Our Money Management System

Kyle and I have had a fairly stable money management system for the last few years, which we laid the basis for shortly after we were married. I have trumpeted its benefits in many blog posts over the years and think it worked very well for us for those years, though it was probably more hands-on than most people would … Read entire article »

Rebooting

October 3rd, 2014 | 39 Comments

Rebooting

On the same day I posted that I was taking some time away from EPF and the PF blogosphere, I had a long talk with one of my good local friends who also reads EPF (hi AM!). She told me that it wasn’t surprising to her that I freaked out about my future with blogging after FinCon14, given that I … Read entire article »

Two Tiny Notes

September 26th, 2014 | 7 Comments

Miss me yet? Just wanted to pop in with two bits of news.   1) You can get your EPF fix over at Making Sense of Cents today. Michelle published a guest post I wrote (pre-FinCon14 freak-out) on a budget-related method of motivating myself to earn side income in my funemployment. For September, I’m already up to ‘car gas.’ Leave me a comment over on Making Sense of Cents to let me know what you think of my idea!   2) I just learned I have an internship interview in a field I’m very interested in so please wish me luck! Even though I’m not job-searching, I seem to be job-applying. I’ve applied for three internships, a fellowship, a … Read entire article »

Post-FinCon14 Soul-Searching on My Hobby

September 22nd, 2014 | 50 Comments

Post-FinCon14 Soul-Searching on My Hobby

How I Developed My Hobby   In the spring of 2008, I went on a handful of interviews for PhD programs in my field. The interview days consisted of meetings with potential advisors, information sessions about the programs, and social time with current grad students. While socializing, I fielded the typical getting-a-beat-on you questions like “Where did you go to college?” and … Read entire article »

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

September 17th, 2014 | 20 Comments

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 … Read entire article »