Advice! (thanks in advance!)First - Financial Gurus:
Next year I'll take a whopper of a hit come tax time, because my university chooses to dole out my entire NIH training grant money each month and leave me to pay all the taxes all at once in April. So, I'm math-savvy enough to figure out that I should be socking away $250-$300 each month to avoid crying in April '08, but is there something 'better' I can do with that money besides just slide it into my savings account and pretend like it doesn't exist? I know in the world of investing and interest rates a few hundred bucks probably isn't worth anything, especially over just 12 months (or fewer) but thought I'd look for suggestions anyway.Second - Technical Gurus:
So my grand plan was for my laptop to hang in there (along with my car) until I entered the working world. But the poor 6-year-old Dell is showing signs that she may be closer to her last legs than I'd prefer. The main reason I've been clinging to such outdated technology is that I don't really use it much anymore for heavy lifting - the only work-related stuff is simple word documents and otherwise it's just an internet machine. Given the nature of my field, I suspect that this will continue to be true, regardless of what sort of future job I get (large datasets and time-consuming programs are best run on company-provided fancy-schmancy machines), but I won't be able to know that for sure until, duh, I'm hired somewhere. So, if I knew what I was looking for, I'd be able to comb through various online reviews and make some decisions...but since I can only guess at my future needs, I'm a little lost. Any suggestions for a reasonable baseline set of features to cover most of my bases?
And lastly, my idiot bill
this month is getting extravagant - $22 for two tickets to a concert I didn't attend (and should have been able to predict I wasn't going to go), $3 because I forgot my oil change coupon this morning, and $3 more because I left my coupons sitting my back pocket while checking out at krogers this afternoon instead of handing them to the nice lady to ring up. Blah.