Saturday, February 26, 2005

Doing the Math

I've been trying to figure out my finances. Right now if I weren't $1000 behind on bills and was completely caught up, I could pay my bills and buy groceries and have about $10 to spare for emergencies. This is until about June when I no longer have my cousin living with me and paying me $290 a month. Then, I'll be $280 behind. This does not take into account paying for Josh's band camp, buying reeds, haircuts, shoes, clothes etc. God forbid we might need any kind of medical care. If I get my income tax return I can get caught up, but will fall behind as other things will certainly pop up.
Right now I'm applying for part time jobs and working on my resume for a possible teaching position.
I guess I was taking my financial position for granted. When I had extra money I spent it. I took vacations, decorated my house, and enjoyed it. It wasn't always a lot of money, but it was enough to live a "normal" life. I'm not sure what that is any more.
Guess I'm learning yet another life lesson. Thought I already learned that one after being on welfare for four years. At least then I had food stamps and medicaid for health care. It seems when you actually go to work, it simply doesn't pay.

1 comment:

Summer said...

It's very hard for me to read your blog these past few days, as I have been where you are before and sometimes even now money is tight. I wonder if I might make a suggestion to you. Remember the yard sale stuff in your garage? Have you thought about selling those things on Ebay? My nephew has been selling things in his house and he has made $500 in just three weeks. I'm thinking about doing it as well and I thought that you might be interested too. It might save you from taking a teaching job that you really don't want.