It's been an exciting month on the financial front. My stipend comes to me in two different forms: a big check at the beginning of the semester, and then a few hundred dollars twice each month.
It turns out my university had some trouble getting me my big check this semester. Quite a bit of trouble, in fact. I got an email saying I could pick the check up way back in mid-late August. I tried several times to pick it up, and kept being told to come back in a few days. Eventually they did cancel the check and reissue it (after telling me they were going to do that several times), and I got the check on Monday. I had enough savings in the bank from undergrad that I could handle it without asking my parents for money, but it was going to get close. October's rent will be a little late, but the check's in the mail.
I now have a new appreciation for the emergency fund. I had planned to use my pre-grad-school savings as the seed for an emergency fund, but I didn't think I'd need it yet. I was planning for far-off emergencies, like a busted computer or having a funding gap between grad school and a post-doc position. Instead, that few thousand dollars allowed me to settle in, eat properly, and pay September's rent without resorting to my credit card.
UPDATE 10/5: I have not yet been paid. The university apparently put a stop payment on this check after they had given it to me, so my bank returned the deposit. I wrote myself a check from my account at my parents' bank that will hopefully clear in time to cover the loan and rent checks that are in the mail, but this could become nightmarish soon.