college, finances, free stuff, resources, shopping

School Supplies Stock-Up Price List

August 7, 2015

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When I moved into my new apartment last week, I had three laundry baskets of clothes, ten boxes of books, four storage tubs of yarn, and seven boxes of office supplies.

School supply season is my weakness, even more than day-after-Halloween candy sales. I have multiple boxes of notebooks and comp books and note pads, many of which have one or two pages written in them but are otherwise pristine. I’m working on my organization problems and hoarding tendencies, so I haven’t bought any school supplies this season yet. But I know a good bargain when I see one.

A quick glance at the studyblr community would lead you to believe that every dedicated student has the expendable income to buy Stabilo pens and Moleskines and Macbook Airs (and the time to study 16 hours a day). Greek life Pinterest boards are full of college “essentials” lists that include Kate Spade planners and dry erase calendars and white noise machines.

Few students–especially adult orphans–can afford such extravagances. And really, do you actually need that stuff to study?

In this post, I’ll go over how I spend less than $30 on school supplies each year and still manage to create a school supplies hoard in my office.

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What’s In My Purse: July 2015

July 15, 2015

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To celebrate my new self-employment, I spent the weekend in Chicago to hang out with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while and to go to a Chris Colfer book signing because that’s the kind of person I am. I am also the kind of person who has about 20 different unfinished post drafts and can’t commit to something significant today because my landlord keeps scheduling apartment showings while I’m trying to pack.

So as a placeholder for not having any content of substance today, let me show you what’s in my purse!

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employment, finances, money makers, passive income, resources

Getting Started With Side Hustles

July 8, 2015

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For the last few years I’ve had a pretty soul-crushing call center job. From stalkers to quid pro quo sexual harassment to fighting over unequal pay, I have dealt with more than my fair share of drama at work. This job is one of the main reasons I have crazy meds.

At the same time, I’ve been busting ass on my side hustles in the hopes of one day working for myself, at home, full-time. The big one is writing erotica for Amazon, which is starting to peter out after the Kindle Unlimited pay structure debacle.

Tomorrow I’m leaving cubicle farm life to be 100% self-employed.

It’s a great feeling.

I’ll probably pick up a decent (read: paying) internship or two in the upcoming school year, now that I have the schedule availability. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the life of a freelancer: working the jobs I want to work, when I want to work, and working for myself.

I recently did a crash course on finding work-at-home side hustles on my Tumblr, but I’ve had a lot more people express interest in working from home upon finding out that I do it full-time. So this post will be all about finding jobs, creating a work schedule, and being your own awesome boss.

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free stuff, moving, orphan problems, personal, resources

How To Run Away From Home: After

July 3, 2015

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When thinking about the resources and support network you need, consider these three basic things:

  1. Where can I go?
  2. What do I need?
  3. Who can and will help?

In the last post, I covered what all you need to bring or consider when preparing to leave. Now, have a big list of places and people who can help you once you’re out.

Who Can Help?

What kind of things do you need on your Bug-Out Bag info list? Think about what you’ll need once you’re on your own. Money, food, housing, medical care, emotional support…

Keep a list of all of the people and places that can give you that so you know where to go in the middle of the night. These can be:

  • friends
  • family members of friends
  • your own sympathetic family members
  • social services/child protective services
  • the police
  • hotlines
  • domestic violence centers
  • shelters
  • food banks
  • employment offices
  • clinics
  • college financial aid offices
  • the library, which can put you in touch with all of the above

Seriously, I cannot emphasize the last one enough. Your local public or school library has so many regional-specific resources available for you if you just ask. If nothing else, the library is a good place to stay during the day when you have nowhere else to go.

How To Run Away From Home

  1. Intro: How To Run Away From Home
  2. Before: Planning & Preparation
  3. After: Resources & What’s Next

A version of this series was originally posted on the Orphan Survival Guide Tumblr.

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How To Run Away From Home: Before

July 1, 2015

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While actually running away from home is often a heat-of-the-moment decision, it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Rarely do kids or young adults run away from home the very first time the thought enters their mind. It was something I considered time and time again before it was finally a reality.

Whether you’re giving your home life second, third, or fiftieth chances before hitting your limit, or busting out after yet another bad fight, if you’re truly committed to getting out, you need a plan.

Where are you going? Who can help you? What do you need?

Not only do you need to pack a bug-out bag with some or all of your life necessities, but you need to be emotionally prepared for the fallout.

Today’s post is about working out your plan to pack your bags and leave.

How To Run Away From Home

  1. Intro: How To Run Away From Home
  2. Before: Planning & Preparation
  3. After: Resources & What’s Next

A version of this series was originally posted on the Orphan Survival Guide Tumblr.

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