I remember when I was a new college graduate and I’d just landed my first job at Charles River Laboratories in Maryland. I was so excited about the new opportunity, but I was also scared out of my mind. I was reluctant to take the job because I would only be making $14.25 per hour. This equated to about $2280 a month before taxes and only $1610 after taxes. After sitting down and doing the math, I realized that after paying my rent, utilities, and other bills I would only be left with $100 each month. As a 21-year-old, I just couldn’t wrap my head around surviving on only $100 a month. How was I supposed to get my hair done? What about going out to eat? What about being able to shop? How in the world was I supposed to make it?  The budget I’d setup was super strict and didn’t allow room for error. I remember taking these concerns to my Mother and explaining to her my situation.  What I remember more from this incident is her response. “So, what? All your bills are paid and you have a job, you’ll make it work”. I’m sure she probably said a lot more, but the one thing I took away from the conversation was “You’ll make it work”, and that’s exactly what I did. I made it work.  My first week in Maryland I went and found a second job at an Express in a Mall a couple of…

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