The DQYDJ Weekender, 2/13/2016

Halfway through February already?  I guess this is what they meant when they said time travels faster as you get older. Complain, complain.  Here's a weekender! Links We Liked! Think the increased number of articles we've seen on the protesting spirit and safe spaces on campus is just a meme?  Turns out there's some research backing up that … [Read more...]

Are You a Fan of Fans Paying for the Old Stadium?

On Monday we penned a piece on the absurdity of the so-called "Jock Tax", a duty day tax calculation which assigns local taxes to athletes, referees, coaching staff, and waterboys that travel with a team - even though your doctor probably doesn't pay anything similar when she attends conferences. It leads to curious results - like athletes … [Read more...]

The Absurdity of ‘Duty Day’ Athlete Taxation

Sometimes our contrarianism here at Don't Quit Your Day Job causes more than a few eyerolls, especially our tendency to continually beat the drum for athlete salaries being too low since we started this site.  A day after the Super Bowl, you probably spare no more than crocodile tears for Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, and the rest of the extremely … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 1/30/2016

Disappointing last weekend for me - no Patriots last second miracle in the Super Bowl incoming.  Brady looked flat - I'm wondering if someone snuck some nightshades into his hotel food.  Call it my eggplant conspiracy theory. Links We Liked! Piece of the week: Political Calculations calculated the price of Campbell's Soup cans back to 1897 to … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 1/16/2016

The stock market's down, and you didn't win the Powerball.  Too bad, them's the break, eh? Well, at least we'll always have football. Go Patriots! Links We Liked! Have you ever felt too cheap?  Anne at Money Propeller discusses the other side of the problem. Political Calculations has another nice post on companies making dividend cut … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 12/25/2015

(We're a day early for the weekend, aren't we?  Well... close enough.) Merry Christmas to all of our Christmas-celebrating-and-recognizing readers!  We hope you're all having an excellent time with friends and family.  And, of course, eating some amazing things. Here's what we've got going later today, a 13 pound turkey in the … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 12/19/2015

Still mad that we've only been doing 1 article a week during the holidays?  We'll be back to our normal schedule after some more of this, so don't fret (too much).  For your loyalty and suffering, I updated these three calculators (through mid December): S&P 500 Dividend Reinvestment Calculator Dow Jones Industrial Average Dividend … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 12/12/2015

What, you don't like it when I post a single calculator for a whole week when it's the holidays? Enjoy this weekender, where I link to other articles I liked throughout the week! Links We Liked! The Wall Street Journal had a nice feature on the challenge and opportunity of cities over the next decades - since, you know, a dominating … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 12/5/2015

Leftover turkey barely fully eaten and we've already got our Christmas tree up!  Makes me feel like an overachiever.  (Even though my wife gets the tree-raising credit) But since I've been underachieving on these Weekenders, let me reach back a few weeks... Links We Liked! A timely piece from Paula Pant at Afford Anything: no, renting isn't … [Read more...]

Gobble Gobble: Historical Turkey Cost and Production since the 1940s!

Happy Thanksgiving, on day early! I figured we'd make a post poultry themed, since tomorrow 80% of our readers or so will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  Thanks to the USDA, I quickly grabbed two series: Turkey sales prices, in dollars per pound Total turkey production, in pounds Unlike most of our articles - these are unadjusted for … [Read more...]

AirBNB and Real Estate Prices

San Francisco residents recently voted on Proposition F - a measure introduced on the ballot (supported by community organizers, some landlords and unions representing hotels most prominently) which intended to limit short-term rentals to 75 days annually and allowed a few other provisions for lawsuits against private owners in violation of city … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 11/7/2015

I'm not that removed from school - I can still remember it, anyway - but when I first heard about 'safe spaces' I thought first of the 2014 Taylor Swift song, Blank Space. I blame Nelson of Financial Uproar for the link in my head. Links We Liked! Microsoft Excel is thirty years old.  Read a bit about the early days! Our friend Jason Hull … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 10/31/2015

Boo! (USC comes up to the Bay Area today to play Cal - so, for today, let's go LA!) Links We Liked! On Reddit, a bartender accidentally saved over $100,000... and accidentally neglected to pay taxes on it. Sam the Financial Samurai had an excellent piece on hustling even while working a day job - relevant for DQYDJ readers!  Don't become … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 10/24/2015

We were in Santa Cruz this weekend - sorry about the later than normal Weekender! At least it's still the weekend though.  Here, enjoy what we enjoyed: Links We Liked Jeremy from Go Curry Cracker was near Santa Cruz this weekend, but we unfortunately weren't able to meet up with him - next time!  We enjoyed his most recent post on … [Read more...]

Riding the Market Weather

June 29th, 2006. It was an innocuous day as the stock market was booming in the post-9/11 recovery. The economy was torrid and the unemployment rate was 4.6% in the USA. That fall, I opened up my checking account with Charles Schwab with their floating-rate free checking account (with no minimums or ATM fees) was paying 4.50% interest. That … [Read more...]