I have a confession to make. I actually have a very good reason for wanting to save money. I actually NEED to save money. Because…
I HAVE A NEW JOB!!!
(one that doesn’t pay as much)
Ahem. Let me explain. I took a very nice, as-long-as-I-could maternity leave (3 months) after Frankie was born, and during that time, I realized two things. 1) I wanted to be with my beautiful new baby as much as I could and 2) I really didn’t like my job. I wasn’t crazy about my job before my leave, but after taking a step back, I realized that I REALLY didn’t like my job. I don’t want to go into all the details, but in essence, the atmostphere where I worked was way too corporate for this tree-hugging liberal.
Anyways, unfortunately, I had to go back to work because, with hubby in grad school, I am the current breadwinner. There were a lot of tears and a lot of bickering in our house because of it, and hubby and I decided that the very best thing to do is for me to find a better job – part-time, if possible. So, long story short, I returned to my current job but started applying to other libraries (I’m a librarian, remember?) and as of two days ago, I received the news that I got one of those jobs (and, I must add, the one I wanted the most!).
I am beyond excited about this new opportunity, in a local public library, but it does mean a paycut. Why, you may ask, would a normally sane and logical person such as myself decide to take a paycut in the middle of a recession?
I asked myself the same question. However, despite my poverty, there are things more important. Like personal happiness. Spending time with babies while they are still babies. Having a happier marriage. You know, the things money can’t buy? Yes, it is a paycut, but it also less hours, less of a commute, more library experience, working for the common good in a non-profit setting…many things that I value over a paycheck.
HOWEVER, this does mean that saving green is key to our, well, survival. I HAVE to make changes. I HAVE to save money. We can make ends meet, but it will be tight. Now you know the sudden shift of this blog from environment to finances? You can see what’s been on my mind lately. But it’s totally worth it.