The show 2 Broke Girls, showing at a NEW TIME on Mondays at 8:30/7:30 c on CBS, brings up many memories of my years in college and graduate school when you find yourself excited by the discovery that Ramen noodles and spaghetti sauce actually taste good together and that you can make a meal out of it. And, then there’s mac and cheese with tuna – a complete dish. I know, ugh…
College years are typically when the fun stories really come out. You are on your own, usually no one else to feed, and you need to make decisions on how to make your money last and your food stretch – especially during formal season when you would rather be buying a pretty dress and new heels than eating. I lived for two years in a house of 10 girls and getting that many young women to decide on the temperature in the house is a whole ‘nother story! Up – down- up – down. Oops, who broke the controller? Okay, who is locking the controller? Who didn’t pay the gas bill now that it’s 2 am in the middle of winter with snow on the ground and the gas tank is empty? I was honestly appalled when two girls called their dads and woke them up hours way. I’m like – get off the phone and call the gas man, are you crazy?
Life and finances definitely became more challenging when I moved ten hours from home to go to graduate school far, far away. Other graduate students my age were learning about saving money and being thrifty too. At one point, two students and I took over the rent in a older home in a part of Philadelphia where the houses were still roomy and beautiful inside but the neighborhood was prone to break-ins and characters coming in and out of the rehab facility down the street.
We loved our big spacious house. I was out of the house (cobbling together finances between being a nanny and a babysitter and a secretary in the graduate office) when men broke in during the night. My roommates were in the house at the time and it was scary to hear about the strangers pawing their way through our things while the other girls slept.
It’s not a funny story at all about being broke but where you live is pretty much determined by what you can afford to pay and sometimes being young and innocent doesn’t serve you well in choosing housing. I was engaged and soon on my way to little apartment in the burbs but my roommates moved out soon after that and found safer housing. It’s a shame since it was such a pretty little part of Philly at one point. Times do change places.
And, now about the show 2 Broke Girls which has the advantage of writers making life appear a lot funnier than it might be sometimes when money is tight and stress is high. Humor is a good thing in all cases.
ABOUT 2 BROKE GIRLS
2 BROKE GIRLS is a comedy about the unlikely friendship that develops between two very different young women who meet waitressing at a diner in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and form a bond over their dream of one day owning their own successful cupcake business. Only one thing stands in their way – they’re broke. Sarcastic, street-smart Max Black met the sophisticated, school-smart Caroline Channing when the uptown trust fund princess was having a run of bad luck due to her father’s Wall Street scandal, which caused her to lose all her money and forced her to give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as an entitled rich girl, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she visualizes a lucrative future for them and they begin to save money to reach their start-up money goal of $250,000. As the girls’ cupcake tally expands week-to-week, they become closer to their goal and to each other.
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MAX & CAROLINE
Here’s a sneak peek: 2 BROKE GIRLS
(Disclosure: Those post is sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All thoughts opinions and stories are my own.)