Butterfly Cauldron

Friday, August 24, 2007

Poverty stole your golden shoes. . .

I'm in a quandry. I like my current job, sans one particular co-worker, and the work is easy. The boss is nice and relaxed. But...I'm vastly underpaid. True, I've gotten two raises so far this year and I'm due another one in November, but I'm also living paycheck to paycheck, barely making ends meet. Right now, I need to go grocery shopping, but I can't. Why? Because I have a check out and have my electric bill to pay, which leaves me with...maybe 50 cents in the bank until next Friday. Now,if nothing else comes out unexpectedly, I'll be okay. Then next Friday when I get paid again, I have to pay my rent, my insurance and my phone bill. Which will leave me with maybe 60 bucks -- but I also have to pay my water bill, which is 40 bucks, unless I can get an extenstion on that. So, again, no money for food. And god help me, but I had to cancel a doctor's appointment today because I didn't have the money for my co-pay or for any prescriptions I might get.

I'm not whining here. I don't want pity or anything. I'm just stating facts. I'm contemplating applying for new jobs in the area, which I hate to do because I haven't even been at my new job a year yet. But I need more money. And there seem to be a few jobs around that I could qualify for which would pay me more. There's an advisor's job at LSU that looks promising, plus another PR job at a state agency that's a step up. So, I suppose I'll be reworking my resume this weekend, much as I hate to do it.

On the one hand, even if I change jobs I'll still have friends from this agency. On the other....I really, really like the vibe of the office. It's very laid back and relaxed and just...fun. But....it's always about the money, isn't it?

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posted by Zan at 5:46 PM


Can you get a part-time job to tide you over until you get your raise? If you know how many more raises you need before you're solvent, you'll know whether a part-time job that cuts into your down time is worth it if it means you can keep your current job.

10:44 PM  

aw hell, i'm sorry to hear it. no, not pity, just commiseration.

would you consider a blog tip jar, or ads? all the *koff* kool kids seem to be doing it...i still keep saying i'm gonna put on ads. no idea how lucrative they actually are for a small fry blog, but what the hell, you know? maybe lunch money...

11:48 PM  

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