Hi there, Mrs. 1500 today, asking about your field of study in college. What did you major in, why did you choose that, and do you work in your field currently or did you ever?
But first, let’s go back to last week’s question, Is it OK to give used gifts?
Dave over at The New York Budget said “To me, a used gift is a little weird. And I think that is bad on my part. I don’t think I SHOULD view it as weird. I actually like the idea of giving a used gift to your own daughter. She gets a great gift AND learns that used gifts are ok, a lesson that I never learned and have to work on.”
Great point, Dave. It feels a little weird to me, too and it shouldn’t. A gift should be accepted in the spirit in which it is given – something from me to you. Period. It shouldn’t matter where I got it.
Kali from Common Sense Millennial says it depends on both the gift and the recipient. She tells a story of a relative giving used technology for a gift this year, that came across as cheap, rather than frugal. A great point to make as well. I think a used gift should be something you KNOW they will want. More of a I-saw-this-and-thought-of-you type of thing. A gift that you give just because it is less expensive comes across as cheap.
Bikes seem to be a popular used gift. Allie over at Allie’s Everyday Adventures received her grandfather’s barely-used bike for her birthday last year and is happy to have it. Mrs. PoP from Planting our Pennies, on the other hand, received a used bike and a can of spray paint for Christmas one year – the same year her two older siblings received brand new bikes! Not cool, Mom and Dad PoP! Jen Larson bought a used bike for her son, as did Danny C. and both kids were totally fine with it.
Tuba North had the best used-bike story. They didn’t have much money when he was growing up, but he father lovingly restored a 3-speed bike for him when he was 10. He says it is one of his fondest memories of his dad. “It’s not about the cost of the gift,whether its new or used, its about the thought, time and effort put into it.” Well said, Tuba North, well said.
Justin from Root of Good recently went to the thrift store and found numerous birthday presents for his kids. “…The oldest daughter is getting an old skool Lite Bright set that looks like it was brand new…” (Be careful of stepping on those pegs, Dave!) “…The 2 year old got what looks like a brand new 4 wheeler ATV for $25… and a brand new train set with the price tag still on!” He goes on to say “…Even though we saved a ton of money on gifts, the biggest benefit is that we taught our kids a great lesson. It’s okay to buy stuff that is used or brand new (but from a second hand source). And it’s okay to give it as a gift. They are just things.”
So now on to this week’s question, what was your college major? You all know my college story, choosing that oh-so-lucrative career, Fashion Design. I worked for one designer, for about a year. As a secretary. Mr. 1500 studied to be a Pharmacist, and on a whim took a computer programming course. He has never worked as a Pharmacist, but has used his biology studies to help him in his medical-device software job.
We know of almost no one who works in the field in which they studied. Of course there was our former neighbor who is a doctor, and my sister is a teacher, but first she was a social worker. We have a friend who is a physical therapist. All of these people majored in their respective fields. But we have many more friends than just these three. And no one seems to have majored in what they currently do for a job.
So, what did you major in, why did you choose it, do you currently work in the field and if not, have you ever worked in that field?
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