Thanks for visiting our blog! For my regular readers, today J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy has a guest post from me on my previous “side hustle” of participating in clinical trials and psychological studies.
As it happens, I did another study this very week! It was a follow-up to one I participated in a couple years ago at my university. I took a survey and then had my memory, vision, and hearing tested for 1.5 hours. I was paid $35. Not a great rate but not terrible either – and it’s certainly not taxing work! I’ve apparently turned my labmates on to signing up for these types of studies and they discovered a new source of listings: my university’s private version of craigslist! Alongside housing requests and furniture advertisements you can seek out clinical studies and even studies through the business school. I’m also attending a seminar this morning on the results of that genetic literacy trial that I participated in a while ago – it’s exciting to finally know their findings!
Just to orient you to this blog, recurring themes on Evolving Personal Finance are living well on a low income, transitions in young adulthood, and marriage. It is a source of both personal finance information (sometimes) and discussion (all the time) as well as a chronicle of my and my husband’s life through the lens of our finances. We are both late-stage PhD students who receive stipends – meaning that we have many years of experience in living on a low income (and a very refined budget). We are about to embark on our next big adventure, which includes a jump in income and likely a long-distance marriage for about a year.
For further exploration of EPF:
if you are a graduate student, I recommend
- Tax Lies Told to Graduate Students
- Earned Income: The Bane of the Graduate Student’s Roth IRA
- Living Your Real Life Now
- Awesome Financial Benefits to Being a Graduate Student (and Terrible Detriments)
- What Do You Consider a Good Salary?
if you have a low income, I recommend
- How to Tell If Your Means Are Just Not Enough
- What’s the Deal? Are We Poor?
- Our Short-Term Targeted Savings Accounts
- Lessons from Living in the DC Metro Area on $24,000 per Year (my guest post at Young Cheap Living)
if you are frugal, I recommend
- How to Spend Less When Attending Out-of-Town Weddings
- Five Money-Saving Moves from Our Wedding
- My New Frugal/Cheap Cell Phone Plan and Republic Wireless Review
- How to Cut Your Food Spending
- Sometimes I Don’t Eat. Is that Rude?
if you are coupled up, I recommend
- The Slippery Slope of Separate Money
- Money Management Systems Visualized
- The Fact and Fiction Behind “Two Can Live as Cheaply as One”
- What Happens When a Spendthrift Marries a Tightwad?
Thanks again for visiting and I hope you will consider subscribing and commenting today and in the future!
Have you ever participated in a clinical trial/study?