- Pay an annual membership fee.
- Procure a separate subscription to view the JIL (or poach one from a friend if one's institution does not subscribe to it).
- Pay an immodest conference registration fee ($125!).
- Buy a passel of one-way plane tickets so that one can attend the conference and also visit one's family for the holidays. These aren't cheap in the best of times, and people, these aren't the best of times.
- Pay for a hotel room in a city with which one probably isn't familiar, which often leads one to stay in one of the conference hotels ($$$$) rather than risk getting lost on the way to/from interviews, which one may or may not have.
- Let's not talk about meals, or dossier processing fees (should properly blame my grad school for this one), or postage or copying fees.
I haven't made any decisions about my own future, by the way. I'm just railing against the currently overwhelming expenses that I will incur should I happen to follow Option A.