Thinking about the things in my apartment that are older than I am: Depending on how often you wear it, classically-styled, well-made formal wear. Jewelry generally. Flatware, especially silverware. High-quality furniture. Certain books. Fine china. Winter clothes. Photographs.
In addition to all these, at my parents' house, things older than or about as old as they are: Original artwork (most wasn't bought, though; ancestors created it). My grandparents' marriage license. (I guess they didn't buy that. How about their marriage license as a buy-once item?)
"That actually doesn't seem to coincide with what my classmates have dealt with (6 years out of college), they have all told me they have gotten regular, good raises in big and small companies. Guess it depends on the job and company."
"As an HR person, I agree with this. You can counter the offer they present you, but $27-28 per hour is rather a large jump from $20 (But, I'm also coming from the non-profit sector, where average raises are 3% a year; I've lost touch with…"
"Do your research. What is the average payment for the work you are doing in your region?
Considering you have a Bachelors degree, a Masters degree soon, experience in the job and you are so good that they want to give you a permanent contract, you…"
"There are actually multiple issues regarding pay changes from temp to permanent. In some cases, the pay actually goes down. There are often tradeoffs to consider: a benefits package which is great may be worth going down a couple dollars an hour."