What's In My Briefcase?

What's In My Briefcase?

The oddities in the depths of my bag.
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I don't know about you, but somehow I have the most random things in my briefcase by the end of the week that I guess at one point during the week had a meaning. I am not talking about clutter or random receipts, even though yes you can find my gas receipt in my wallet because for some reason I think I'll need it one day and always click yes. I am talking about just straight up strange items in my briefcase.

1. Toothbrush

Am I the only one who doesn't like smelling like my lunch during the day as I'm headed into an afternoon meeting? This one I don't find that odd. It's pretty practical actually.

2. The un-eaten Chef Boyardee mini ravioli cup

Better luck Monday. I throw these in my bag in the morning all the time for lunch. They're extremely convenient for those of you who are like me stranded in your cubicle room with only a shared microwave but no fridge.

3. Sudafed

I have no time for sickness. The second I feel like I may have a sore throat, chug the vitamin C and maybe take some medicine. If I'm sick I can't go to work or go to school... it's just inconvenient.

4. Hand sanitizer

Speaking of not getting sick, always have some hand sanitizer handy. Pun intended. Really though, you want clean kept hands for all those handshakes you're doling out as a working woman.

5. Chocolate

I am your go to if you need some chocolate at work. Salted Caramel is my favorite stash. It works as a little reward for yourself too when you absolutely star a project but no one else is there to celebrate with you in your cubicle.

6. Headphones

For me these are essential because I work a desk job where it can sometimes get noisy around me when I'm trying to focus. They also work great when it's dead silent around you on Thursday afternoon and you need some jams to keep yourself going.

7. Planner

Ah yes. I cannot go anywhere without this because I honestly have no idea what my schedule is and couldn't tell you off the top of my head. These are great so you never forget the little things like bringing in a textbook for a coworker.

8. Water

Pinky's up Patrick. Contrary to popular belief, water keeps you more awake than coffee. You become tired when you're dehydrated so it's best to keep your water bottle with ya.

9. A pair of jeans

I'll admit I have brought a change of clothes to work because I have a busy schedule bouncing from school and back and sometimes I just don't want to walk around campus in my slacks.

10. My work

Yes. Believe it or not in my big bag there is actual work. Most of my work is on a computer, but my drives and notes are kept safely in my bag.

What are the oddities in your briefcase?


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3. Make all of your student loan payments on time and in full

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5. Build a three- to six-month emergency fund

Did you know that 33% of Americans would struggle to pay $1,000 in an emergency? This is a serious issue. You don't want to ever experience living "paycheck to paycheck," let alone have a minor crisis throw your life upside down. That's why you're going to build this emergency fund before you do anything else with your money. Think of this fund as something that you can't touch until you absolutely need it. If and when that time comes, you'll know, and you'll be so grateful that you were smart and were prepared.

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There are so many things to be said about Roth IRAs and why you should get one as a new college graduate. In short, IRA stands for Individual Retirement Account. A Roth IRA is unique because any money you put into it is taxed now, so you won't have to pay taxes on it when you're retired and ready to use it. The main benefit: you also won't have to pay any taxes on the money you earn in the account. In addition, because you're young, you get to take advantage of the power of compound interest for a long time before you retire. This could potentially earn you hundreds of thousands of dollars. The best time to open a Roth IRA was yesterday. So go do it now!

7. Contribute as much as possible to your 401k

A 401k is basically an investment bank account that you can't use until you retire, and it will be taxed once you start using it (so it is not taxed now). Many employers offer 401k matching, and they open one up for you when you start your first job. If your employer offers 100% matching up to 6% of your salary, that means that if you can afford to put 6% of your income into your 401k, your employer will also contribute the exact same amount. Listen to me: this is free money. I like free money. You like free money. Take it.

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