I gave THREE practice prelim presentations this week – once for my lab, one for my peers, and one for my advisor. I wanted to work far in advance so we could go see Les Miserables on Friday night and watch a basketball game and go to a game night on Saturday without feeling too stressed. Kyle also gave two presentations this week so he was working hard as well. My prelim is TOMORROW!
Oh, and in PF news, the grad student tax workshop I helped prepare was last Wednesday and it went really well! The audience was very diverse – from people who had never seen a 1040 to people who were trying to argue that grad students should be paid with W-2s instead of 1099-MISCs. I think our speaker did a great job covering the material, which was very difficult and confusing, and there were a lot of questions from the audience. My partner and I both came up with the same question during the session, which we researched independently and came to the same conclusion on. Unfortunately it seems that I should have been paying taxes on the scholarship income (?) I’ve received for my health insurance (paid by my university to my university… I never see the money though it passes through my Bursar account). I will post about this issue when I am more confident in the conclusion.
I also had a guest post go up at iHeartBudgets (I wrote it a long time ago, haha) this week. I constructed a personal finance project for high school students inspired by an episode of Dawson’s Creek I recently saw. Please head over there and leave a commenting letting me know what you think!
Joanna from Our Freaking Budget explains how she made money off a supplemental insurance payment after she gave birth.
Heather detailed her savings priorities in a response to my post on contributing to last year’s IRA, which is always fun to hear about: “Last fall I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to max out both of our Roth IRAs as well as pay N’s health insurance (due in Jan) and pay off N’s final student loans (due in Feb)–our top priorities. After paying those items, we looked at our finances and were able to contribute the last few $k to hit our max for 2012. Sure feels good, doesn’t it?”
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