Grad School vs. Blogging vs. Career vs. Money

Grad School vs. Blogging vs. Career vs. Money

It’s finally time to give you all a life update!  As I’ve hinted a few times recently, there have been some big changes in our plans.     Grad School   Last week, my advisor made the official announcement that he is moving to another university at the end of the summer.  He first alerted us to the possibility back in January, so I’ve had a few months to assimilate the information.  At that time, he and I discussed it … Read entire article »

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Blog Statistics Update March – April 2014

April 18th, 2014 | 13 Comments

Blog Statistics Update March – April 2014

I actually stuck to my decision from last month to reduce my posting schedule even though it’s been really hard.  In the last four weeks I’ve written six articles and done one roundup, when it used to be twelve and four.  I miss writing as much as I used to and I definitely miss the greater volume of interactions with … Read entire article »

Virginia Sent Me to Collections for Dodging Taxes

April 16th, 2014 | 22 Comments

Virginia Sent Me to Collections for Dodging Taxes

That sounds like an exaggerated, sensationalist headline, but it isn’t!  The commonwealth of Virginia thinks that I failed to pay the income tax I owed in 2009, and last month they sent my information over to a debt collector, who renewed the efforts to track me down.  Me – the personal finance blogger and tax reporting enthusiast – accused of … Read entire article »

Why Harvey Mudd College Tops the Payscale ROI Rankings

April 8th, 2014 | 18 Comments

Why Harvey Mudd College Tops the Payscale ROI Rankings

… and why prospective college students should ignore the rankings.   Payscale.com comes out with a yearly ranked list of the colleges that produce the highest-paid graduates.  My and Kyle’s alma mater, Harvey Mudd College, has topped the list (some permutations of it, anyway) for the past few years.  And while I love that Mudd gets nationwide press coverage every time the … Read entire article »

Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comment Late March 2014

April 6th, 2014 | 12 Comments

Hi everyone!   I’m sure you noticed that the blog has been much quieter.  I decided a couple weeks ago to reduce my posting schedule and it has been really hard!  I miss interacting with you all more frequently.  I think writing only 1-2 times per week might be more difficult than writing 3 times per week because posts topics and execution are not as front of mind.   This roundup post is going to cover the rest of March after my last weekly update.  In the future I’ll post these on the first Sunday of the month covering the entire previous month.   Thankfully Kyle and I have another online project we’re working on so my time usually … Read entire article »

March 2014 Month in Review: Money

April 4th, 2014 | 14 Comments

March 2014 Month in Review: Money

Kyle commented to me this month about how our budget really doesn’t have any fat in it.  He was trying to convince me to pay an extra $5 for blog hosting and he was grasping to equate it to some other typical throwaway purchase that we have, like a $5 coffee – but he realized he couldn’t think of any … Read entire article »

Incentivized Viral Advertising

March 31st, 2014 | 2 Comments

Incentivized Viral Advertising

A few weeks ago, one of my (remote) Facebook friends who has a PhD linked to a training program for data scientists.  As you know, I’m incredibly undecided about what my first post-PhD job will be, so I’m always kind of on the lookout for ideas for how to leverage my PhD.  I checked out the link and it actually … Read entire article »

How to Enter 1099-MISC Fellowship Income into TaxACT

March 28th, 2014 | 6 Comments

How to Enter 1099-MISC Fellowship Income into TaxACT

This post is the second in this series on how to convince tax software to accept grad student fellowship income – last week was TurboTax, this week is TaxACT.  I’ll refer you to sections of that post so I don’t have to repeat the information but you also don’t miss it.     Please read two words of caution regarding my qualifications (none) … Read entire article »

What Constitutes Joint or Separate Finances?

March 24th, 2014 | 39 Comments

What Constitutes Joint or Separate Finances?

I got into a (very polite) disagreement with Grayson from Debt Roundup in the comments section of his recent post, which argues that married couples should keep separate finances.  (His post was in response to a recent debate Holly from Club Thrifty engaged in regarding joint finances – in print and on TV.)  My position was that Grayson does not … Read entire article »

Blog Statistics Update February – March 2014

March 21st, 2014 | 19 Comments

Blog Statistics Update February – March 2014

I’ve mentioned this a few times in the past, but this time I really think I’m going to do it…  I want to reduce my posting schedule here on EPF.  My Money Design’s post this week titled How Do You Really Want to Make Money with a Blog? really struck a chord with me.  I’m motivated primarily by comments and … Read entire article »