Jen: I feel quite lucky that I was able to save so much over the past 12 months. For me it was a confluence of three events, I think.
First, my salary got bumped up by $15,000; for me, that was a significant increase. It came about in a slightly interesting way. I was in charge of hiring someone junior to me, and to get him we had to make a higher offer than we normally would. My manager knew that I knew what he was making, and all of a sudden my salary got bumped up. I know I should probably have asked for a raise and I actually was planning to, but I got lucky and didn’t have to.