Sunday, February 24, 2013

Do Women Earn Less Than Men?

This came up in discussion on 2/15...Steve Horwitz does a good job explaining the economist's perspective. Links to articles can be found in the comments if  you watch the video on its youtube page.

Greg Mankiw just had a blog post showing that a college degree is worth more for women than it is for men.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pick #335

Matt Wertz - "Carolina"

I've been into this kind of music for the past week.

Also, don't forget about my grooveshark Pick of the Week playlist. I don't have everything from ever on it but there are about 73 songs at the moment. One day I'll put as much as I can on there.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Frugal February Catch Up

On Feb. 13, I bought bananas for $1.28 and some battery goop for $2.99.
On 2/14, I bought and a battery terminal head for $4.39 because my old one had broken.  I had planned on having a milkshake with Erin on Valentine's Day so I stopped by Arby's and spent $3.11 on a peppermint shake and drank it by a nearby retention pond...there were so many birds around there it was incredible.  I might have to go back and visit again, maybe on a run.
I went to Jimmy John's on the night of Feb. 15 because I had a coupon for a free sub.  I paid $1.08 to upgrade to a bigger sub.  My justification is that I would have spent at least that much money making something for myself at home.
I spent $13.12 of my own money at Publix on the 16th in addition to using a $25 gift card.

No expenditure from Feb. 17-Feb20...but I did use a nearly expired groupon for a pizza on the 20th.

I was able to negotiate a lower bill with Comcast.  It used to be $93/month and I'm on a 6 month promotion right now at $77.50.  I paid my share of that today.  I will be going to a chiropractor on campus because my back hurts in the place where you can't scratch it.  I feel like it needs a good pop.  It's one of those things that gets irritated if I move my arm or neck the wrong way so probably best to nip it in the bud.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Frugal February, Day 10

Went to Publix today and spent about $25.  So far this month, I've taken my bicycle to Publix and put the groceries in my saddle bags.  I knew I would drive my car to Tampa, so I didn't bother driving it to the grocery store.  Nothing else exciting.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Not So Frugal Trip to Tampa

So, aside from the $100 I spent on gas, I ended up dropping $155 on a car battery and $16 on Friday's dinner.  I guess that's not so bad given that I had free lodging and didn't pay for any other meals except $2.50 for Taco Bell on the way home.  Also, the car thing could have been way worse.  My old battery is under warranty still so I intend to return it.

On the plus side, my Friday dinner was provided as were breakfasts and lunches.

The conference was amazing.  So glad I went.  I've been a bit sick, but did a decent job of not coughing all over everyone (with the help of some Tylenol Cold...awesome stuff w/acetominophen, DM, & phenylephrine).

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Frugal February Day 5

I spent $208.34 on graduation related junk today.  There was a $10 savings if I bought stuff before tomorrow, so it made sense to save the money on something that I was definitely going to get anyway.  I ended up with 25 announcements and thank you cards.  I didn't think that I needed to send announcements.  I think that everyone who knows me well enough will know that I'm graduating.  I feel like they're a plea to send me money or something.  However, both my parents said that I should send them to select people.  I guess some people like to hold on to that sort of thing for some reason.

In the name of frugality, I cut my own hair.  I normally cut it when it's short, but today I trimmed the sides and the top is a little too long.  If I get a fly out, then I will get it cut by a pro.  Over time, the relative length between to top and sides will equalize a bit.

Now I just have to wrap up my dissertation and get it to my committee by Feb. 19.  That's a manageable task but I will have to put in some more serious time and effort on it.  It's mostly just clarifications and citations and cleaning up type stuff.  After that I'll have a month to prepare for the defense.  Some time in the coming weeks I hope to get some calls about job applications.  I'd like a fly out from a place I already interviewed at, but a new interview would be welcome too.

Frugal February, Days 3 & 4

No spending either day.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Frugal February, Days 1 & 2

I made a spreadsheet so you can follow along with my expenditures this month.  I didn't spend any money on the opening day of the month.

I got up really early on Feb. 1 to take a job candidate out to lunch.  It was freezing (probably wind chill in the high 20s) for the bike ride.  I forgot my wallet at home and had to turn around from about 4 minutes away (adding about 8-9 minutes to my trip).  I also had a wardrobe malfunction with the zipper of my windbreaker being stuck in the up position.  I was really sweaty when I got to campus.  I cooled off really fast.  We had breakfast at the hotel.  I ordered an "Eggs Tallahassee" or something like that with Tallahassee in the name.  It was good.  I had a parfait on the side.  This meal was paid for by the job search committee.

On Feb. 2, I got up, went for a run, went to school, and spent $30.20 at Club Publix.  Turns out that they close at 11pm now!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Twice as Cold Riddle

I heard a riddle and was not happy with the answer given to me...here goes.

Question:  If it is zero degrees outside today and it will be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be tomorrow?

Unsatisfactory answer:  it will be zero degrees again because 2 x 0 = 0.

You can think about it a bit, then read my better answer.  Let me know if you agree or disagree.