Look dude, I have a 4.0 in Electrical Engineering. My scholarships and financial aid pay for my school, with cash left over for books and materials. I need clearance for the research I do. With plasma money, I'm not dipping into my savings one cent, and still have money left over for everything. However, $500 a month really isn't all that much, with gas prices how they are. I spend about $80 a month on gas, sometimes I need to buy components. Other times, I need to special order parts, servos and all. You got through college like that, great! I'm getting my masters in about a year with 0 loans, car paid off and my hobbies paid for. Yes I am.