I'm sitting here in Austin, eating a $23 turkey sandwich. I'm not kidding. Let me break it down for you:
My per-diem dinner allowance while on trips: $25
Turkey sandwich I brought from home: ~$2
So I made $23 by eating tonight. And it's
Take it from me, going from $6/hr to 3-8 times that makes a huge impact on your available income, and if you can have the self-discipline to stick to the collegiate minimalist lifestyle for just a bit longer, the effects will last your entire life time.