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Opened an ING account!

November 21st, 2006 at 04:09 am

Thanks to Peg L. for referring me to ING, I now have a savings account with a decent interest rate! Yea! The reason I chose ING was for the $25 bonus. The bonus enticed me over slightly higher interest rates offered by competitors. Mr. Bean and I have a joint savings account, so maybe I'll refer him and reap the $10 referral bonus as well as the $25 new account bonus (he can be primary account holder, the $$ is still the same). I love getting free money!

My friends tease me that I'll pick up just about any odd job, but the teasing is deserved! By far, the best paying and most convenient side job is my personal chef stint. Another odd job is testing hearing protection at a local hearing protection testing firm. Sounds weird, but basically, you sit in a sound proof booth wearing hearing protection and press a little hand held buzzer when you hear a sound. This allows the firm to evaluate the effectiveness of the hearing protection. The firm is only 3 miles from my house, each session take s 45-60 minutes and typically make $20-$40 / session depending on how many items I test. They offer appointments in the evening, so I can do it without interfering with the normal working hours I'm expected to be on campus. Last month I made just over $100, paid completely in cash. Not big bucks, but seeing as how I basically make minimum wage on my stipend, it's enough make encourage me to do it. Earlier this week I also responded to an ad in the University daily paper from looking to hire an individual for 3 hours at $20 / hr to rake leaves. I responed and said Mr. Bean and I would both come and rake for 1.5 hours for $60 (I'm frugal but not stupid-- no way I'm going to a strangers house by myself!, but I'm still waiting for a response back. Mr. Bean only agreed to it if we used the money to do something fun, but that sounds good to me, too.

I hope to keep my eyes peeled for more jobs. Having a paid job outside of your studies is seriously frowned upon in my academic department since the department pays students a stipend (it's a bit like indentured servitude). I try to keep these little jobs on the hush-hush :-)

3 Responses to “Opened an ING account!”

  1. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I have done more odd jobs then Walter Mittey!Big Grin Congrats on opening the ING account! Way to go!Smile

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    That hearing testing sounds like a fun job to have.

    Hey, Price--does that mean you, too have a secret life?

  3. paigu Says:

    I am so glad to help. By the way, lots of us grad students had "secret jobs" whether it was babysitting (that's what I did) or tutoring. Some of my labmates did those Pampered Chef- selling things- that wasn't my thing. Another good op is to look for open clinical experiments at your U. The psych department always needed patients for their studies; my lab needed human T-cells so we paid $50 to draw blood. Keep your eyes peeled because they go fast!

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