Observations on Each:
(1) 19 units. Do NOT try this while holding down a job of any kind. Well, maybe a 4 hours a week at Starbucks type job - but certainly not a job that requires 35+ hours that you need to make rent. Also don't try to take 19 units and work while attempting to have any sort of meaningful relationship with anyone ever.
(2) New Job! I'm the right arm of the CFO at my company. I work during the day. I have weekends off. I miss the casual atmosphere at In N Out Burger, but I don't miss the cheese burns or the closing shifts.
(3) Legally married. Between my new job and the fact that Fiance - I mean, Husband - is on salary now, we feel rich. Of course, we got legally married so that we could live together in order to save money to fund the big wedding in June. (We are both just old fashioned enough that the idea of shacking up landed pretty firmly on that side of Not Cool.) So we're legally married, and saving for our wedding. Maybe not at all romantic, but completely practical as far as we're concerned.
They say that it's not what you make, it's what you spend. With our combined income and somewhat lowered expenses we are coming out far, far ahead of what I'm used to - which, if you'll recall is paycheck-to-paycheck at a burger joint. We're by no means rich, but we make just enough to feel like we can blow our cash. We try not to, and we're pretty good about not blowing huge wads of money on useless crap...except when it comes to comic books - which I have taken to rationalizing as a quality of life expense. Being frugal enough in other areas (ie, not having cable TV) to be able to afford a comic book or two every paycheck with our allowance? WORTH IT. We're 24 and 26 years old, if anyone's wondering.
I've also always theorized that this frugality stuff works much better with two people - I'm quickly learning that it does. More on that as the weeks go by, but for now thanks for reading this after such a long silence!