August 31, 2008
Posted by: B
I’m currently in Europe going through a month-long training program. Before I left for my first job in the “real world,” I felt incredibly free and balanced. My life was settled down (or so I had believed), the bf and I live together – and I had a great schedule with my then job & my life. Now everything has been turned upside down. I’m in an industry that demands incredibly long hours, and has a steep learning curve. The more I earn, the less I seem to care about money. It’s just so upsetting to think that I’ve earned the pinnacle of everything we were taught to want, and now I find myself wishing to give it all away. A “great” job with a big paycheck and even bigger growth opportunities cannot hug you at night, or spoon you during movies, or ride bikes with you late into the night. It’s pretty pathetic to think that so many of my peers are lining up their resumes for a job like mine, when all I want to do is tell them to save themselves before they get caught in this mess.
When did it become acceptable to sign away your life in the face of a prestigious career? All of us here chose this job for the money and the endless opportunities here to make more money. In our parents eyes, we have “done right.” We left good schools and got good jobs to help set up our life. But I can’t help thinking about the sacrifices we all intend to make for this “great opportunity.” As I pass each stage in my life, I can’t help but think how little I’ve chosen for myself. These good schools & good jobs are supposed to help you, but all I can think about is how it has hurt my ability to find myself and experience life outside of the demands of the office or classroom. For me, money no longer has the same sway as a fresh off-the-vine tomato, or a kiss stolen between lovers. Instead, money now represents freedom – the ability to have a life without a pressure-cooker environment. More importantly, it represents the freedom for me to have a life where I am in the driver’s seat. Until then, I am here – reminding myself that it has an end. I just have to save and sacrifice for it now. This is what keeps me going until then.
June 16, 2008
Posted by: B
In college, I was able to meet the most wonderful man (E), to whom I’m happily living with (along with our dog, two cats, and snake). When we first moved in together, we found ourselves in the typical routine of eating out all the time, ordering take-out Chinese or pizza, or making the occasional pasta at home. It was no surprise when we both gained a few pounds after eating such terribly bad for you, wonderful tasting food all year long. It also didn’t help our finances much either; as two twenty-somethings we’re not exactly making the big bucks here.
Thus, in my senior year of college I vowed to start cooking in an attempt to salvage our financial situation. In the end, I found myself using cooking & baking as an outlet for creativity, instead of a necessity. I’ve really enjoyed the control cooking allows me – Instead of buying or eating processed food, I make everything myself & thus am able to control what goes in my food. The result is that we are both healthier, weigh less, and have adapted to a more active lifestyle. In the examination of my finances, I also found that we have saved a significant amount of money by cooking at home (we hardly ever eat out nowadays, I’d like to think I cook well enough that he doesn’t miss it!). Now, I find ways to save even more money by cooking – through coupons & stocking up on items when they are on sale. I hope my changes will inspire other people to do the same. As Y said, we both greatly admire other bloggers in the finance/cooking community and hope to share our experiences with others as well.
June 15, 2008
Posted by: Y
All throughout college, I have always relied on eating take out. Now that I’ve graduated, I am on my own and short on cash- my old ways do not work for my tight wallet anymore. Living in NYC, eating out can get expensive, fast. I’ve enjoyed all of my culinary adventures over the last four years of going to college in the city, but now I’ve realized that I need to cook more at home and make a real effort to be money-conscious. However, now that I’ve begun to cook more out of necessity, I’ve realized that I really enjoy it and want to continue cultivating my culinary skills.
B and I have been great friends since middle school, and have kept in touch even after parting our ways for college after high school. Now, we find ourselves in a similar predicament: the need to save money while keeping ourselves well-fed on our entry-level salaries. We also share a passion for cooking (and baking), though we are still novices. Naturally, we have both gravitated to personal finance and food blogs for the answers to all our monetary and culinary inquiries.
We hope that this online journal of our experiences, recipes and thoughts will eventually become one of the blogs that others can reach out to for advice, just like the many blogs that we admire. :)