Many people don’t know this, but almost all PhDs get all their tuition waived and also receive a stipend. A stipend is –
according to the googlez –
according to C Galloz-
But who am I to bicker over definitions? The point is, I didn’t go into debt and I’m very happy that I was given enough money for my basic needs to be met, but trust me — it was basic. Now that I’m rolling in the fat post-doc g’s, I noticed that I’m starting to spend my money on all these little things. They’re not even “treat yoself” or splurge-y items, just kind of things that most adults would consider basic. But because I lived on the brink of poverty for 6+ years, I want to share which items and categories may seem like they are completely indispensable, but are actually quite possible to live without (and at least be decently content).
In no particular order *drum roll*
(Frequent) eating out / snack foods
Cutting edge technology
6. Fancy hair dos
7. Trendiest of fitness routines
There you have it — if you’re looking to save some mula, or not sure how to survive the impoverished years of grad school – hopefully these tips will inspire you. I did it! It is possible!