October 18, 2009

Second Thoughts

My big hang up about getting a minimum wage job is that it simply doesn't pay enough.  I tend to think my spare time is more valuable than that.

But as I sit here contemplating what it would mean to put myself on a strict budget for personal spending, I'm realizing that even supplementing my personal budget with $50 or $60 a week would increase the creature comforts in my life by a pretty fair margin.

The biggest burden on my current objective is rent.  In my old apartment, I paid a mere $700 a month for rent.  My rent in my new apartment is a whopping $1,500.

So, if I wanted to pursue the same rate of debt reduction that I saw in January, I would need to not only subsist on whatever little bit of money I can make with online advertising, odd jobs, a second job, or whatever... but ALSO make an additional $800 a month to compensate.

I think it's reasonably safe to say THAT objective is well beyond the realm of possibility for me.  At least for now.  There may be options I haven't uncovered yet.

So, anyway, the second job has more appeal the more I think about the simple fact that every little bit helps.  The only real question is whether or not I can make more money with a regular job or with odd jobs.

I guess the only way to figure that out is to go into Banana Republic and ask!

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Chickened Out

Today, I noticed that a Banana Republic within convenient commuting distance from my regular job and apartment is hiring.  I went in and thought about applying for a job, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

If I found a way to supplement my income by $250 a week, I could likely do like I did in January and live off of that completely.  It would still likely be July before my credit cards are paid off, but it would give me steady progress.

But the MOST disappointing thing is that since my last post, I really haven't done a single thing to work toward my goal.  And I basically lost an entire month.

With that in mind, I am going to put myself on a strict spending budget starting tomorrow. The problem is that I don't know what I need.  My groceries each week usually run about $100.  So, I figure if I go with $160 a week, I will be able to do all my socializing and eating.

We'll see!

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