Weekly Roundup – High School Diploma Edition

It’s been one week since I graduated high school and received my diploma. Since then, I slept in until noon one day and gone to numerous grad parties. If this sound completely awesome, it’s because it is. But don’t let my new found independence fool you – I’ve expanded my work schedule and I’ll be putting in almost 40 hours every week.

Only The Poor or Super Rich Say, “Money Can’t Buy Happiness” had me nodding my head in agreement pretty much the entire time. I’m planning a post to discuss this further, but I can tell you straight up right now that money (up to a certain point) does make you happier. I’ve started working more and bringing home a decent cash flow and this is the happiest I’ve been in my life.

What Would You Do With a Cash Windfall? poses an interesting question. The amount we’re dealing with is at least $1000 but less than $20,000. I’d beef up my emergency fund and possibly use some like a bonus and buy an iPad. If it was a serious amount like $15,000 I’d pay all my tuition up front.

Teens, summer jobs, and taxes is a great reminder that Uncle Sam doesn’t give us youngins a break when it comes to taxes. It’s true that few teens will have to pay income taxes, but that’s because we don’t usually earn more than few thousand dollars.

Do You Ever Just Miss Shopping? made me realize that I’m more materialistic than I realized. I’ve never been into the whole spend-the-entire-day-at-the-mall thing (cough*females*cough), but I do like getting shiny new things. And sometimes I like making the process a bit more fun. Case in point: if I decide to buy a Macbook Pro, I know I’ll be tempted to drive to a physical Apple store. One reason is that the store is located in a much larger city that I don’t get to visit often. Another reason involves me liking the Apple store…

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3 Responses to Weekly Roundup – High School Diploma Edition

  1. Financial Samurai June 6, 2010 at 10:43 AM #

    Congrats on graduating! I wish I went partying hard too, but I didn’t. If only to be young again.

    Best, Sam

  2. J. Money June 6, 2010 at 5:12 PM #

    Wow, you are entering the best times of your life! :) Wait, does that make me sound old? Regardless, well done my friend. You are ahead of your peers like crazy.

    • Ryan June 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM #

      Haha, nah that doesn’t make you sound old. I’m certainly enjoying the ride of life, that’s for sure.

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