Daily Interest: Leslie Knope Must Buy Her Clothes In Eagleton

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Amy Poehler wearing a plaid shirt.

I don’t know. Plaid seems more “Swanson-y” to me.

Here’s the news that caught my eye today while wondering if this means I have to go back and watch Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Just kidding—I already watched it! Consider this my origin story when it comes to referencing it.)

  • With all our love for Breaking Bad today, our other favorite TV muse (Parks And Recreation) is probably feeling a little bit like the Jerry of this blog. Let’s change that, with some help from Jezebel. They did an NSFW estimation of how much each of the main female characters must spent on clothes. Leslie, despite her government-worker salary, dropped over $600 for the outfits the site examined. (Solution to this problem: female version of Rent-A-Swag!)
  • We’ve done our best in the past to put that $1 trillion student-debt total into context. Well, CheapestColleges.org (via LifeHacker) is not only one upping our infographics, they’re at least five-upping them (that I can tell)—and all in a single infographic. In it, they put that trillion number in a number of contexts, including time (32,000 years), annual spending ($189,393,939 every day), and amount you could give every student currently enrolled in school ($45,800).
  • Find all that information in one visual to be a bit overwhelming? Well, here’s an article for you instead. The Atlantic tells us who’s going to college (and graduating from school) in not one, but seven different graphs. The only thing overwhelming in those is how much better women are than men at obtaining college degrees … yeah, obtaining degrees and clothes, like those gals from Parks And Rec, he joked to mask his growing male insecurity.
  • Looking for a way to save a lot of money on service-related expenses (e.g., haircuts, car repairs, and even massages)? Well, Three Thrifty Guys has an idea for you: head to school. Or, more specifically, schools where people are training for these professions. Sure, the author almost lost an ear from a stylist-in-training, but if it trims your bills too, why not? (Just keep me away from dentists-in-training, no matter how good it is for their self-esteem.)
  • John Sheldon, a head of strategy at eBay, discussed the future of shopping recently, and he believes it will involve technology sensing when you need things and automatically buying them for you. For instance,  a bicycle helmet that “identifies” when you’ve crashed, and orders you a replacement. Or, a pizza box that “senses” when you’re lonely and gets you another … and a pint of ice cream. OK, that second one may be wishful thinking on my part.

 What money-related news caught your eye today? Let us know in the comments.

(Photo: starbright31)

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