Showing Your Financial Brushstrokes
Rosamund Lannin

I went to college for just the cost of fees, since my mom taught at the university I chose to attend(and thanks to test scores & making the right major selection, those were covered by scholarship funds the first two years.) When I lost my first post-college job at the end of the great recession, my parents paid for a major stock-up grocery run in the immediate aftermath(they happened to be in town), and then subsidized my grocery budget to the tune of $50/week until I was back at work.

Now that Husband is in his second year of working full-time(I supported us both while he went back to school for a two year teaching licensure program), I’m no longer holding my breath and crossing my fingers every time I check my bank balance — but I’m still in $20-max-once-a-month Target spending spree territory, and don’t foresee a way out of that until I find a higher-paying job(which…isn’t happening. Boo.)

I try to be honest about those(and other) advantages, because anything less just feels like I’m being deliberately shady about it and trying to make myself seem much more on top of things than I am.

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