Guest Post from BF: Graduate Student Finances

I am so excited to share a guest post today from the one and only BF! I hope you enjoy reading his thoughts. I know I did!

Wouldn't you like to know who is behind that hexagon?! I'll give you a hint, he's super cute :-)

Wouldn’t you like to know who is behind that hexagon?! I’ll give you a hint, he’s super cute 🙂

I am very excited to write this guest post. I have been encouraging Ali to invest time and energy in this blog from the very beginning. She not only has a lot to say about personal finance, but also is able to do so in a very eloquent and “relatable” way. I could not be more proud of the attention that this blog is quickly receiving.

As Ali mentioned, I am currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the Boston area. I personally love the student life. The income is not great, but is far from shameful. And the responsibilities are actually slim. You basically get paid to take courses and think and write what comes to your mind. Not a bad life for those with nerdy tendencies.

But continuing to live as a student after college also has its down sides. You are basically postponing going to the job market at the same time that your opportunity costs continue to grow. Not to mention the potential anxiety produced by uncertainties and eventual (unhealthy) comparisons with friends, family and significant others and their new jobs, promotions, raises etc. Existential crises are not uncommon. Let me just say that the life of a graduate student is not for everyone.

In this post, I would like to share my thoughts on two topics regarding a graduate student’s finances; topics that I find myself constantly struggling with. Disclaimer: I know close nothing about personal finance. The little I know I learned from this blog or from talking to Ali. So, what follows are my own lay thoughts. They do not express Ali’s ideas nor should they be taken as recommendations about how other graduate student should think about their own finances. Continue reading


Guest Post on Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses

I am so excited to be guest posting today at Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses. I’ve been following Jessica’s blog for years and I really admire her writing style and the personality that shines through. I hope you’ll take the time to head over to her blog and check out my post about 8 simple ways that Evernote can help you save money. And of course please let me know what you think! Enjoy!

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