It appears as though my mini-retirement is drawing to a close. Last week, I accepted a job offer. And I withdrew my candidacy from another, which was a bit tortuous. Kind of funny how this job-searching thing panned out. The job I took is just a bit outside my comfort zone, applying things I’ve learned… Read More I have a job!
Since I have fewer dollars to spend (mindlessly) thanks to this pesky unemployment thing, I’ve been trying to focus on my health. Actually, that sounds so ambitious. Honestly, I wasn’t really that focused, but after a recent physical where both the cholesterol and the number on the scale are higher than they should be, I… Read More Budgeting vs. Dieting
While I’m enjoying my “retirement,” I can’t help but think about the major impact to my future financial self. Over the last seven months, I should have banked another $50k, minimum. When I look 10, 20, 30 years in the future, that’s a huge hit to my future net worth. Ah well, here’s hoping an… Read More Unemployment’s impact on our finances
So, about this job search… Over the last seven months, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what I want to do next. Yes, I think I was pretty good at all the jobs that have been a part of my career over the last 25+ years, but really…I think I’m ready to… Read More Things I’ve learned in my “retirement”/unemployment – part 2
So, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve updated you on our #500in5 challenge, our attempt to save half a million dollars in five years. That’s because I lost my job in March, and most of my income was earmarked for this challenge. Both hubby and I were saving $24k/year in our 401(k) plans, and… Read More #500in5 Update
My job search has officially started, and after the first few slow weeks of putting the finishing touches on my resume and setting up all sorts of search engines to help identify just the right opportunities, activity is picking up. I’ve had several successful (in my mind, anyway) phone interviews, and I have booked the… Read More How do you gracefully answer these questions in a job interview?
Oh. my. summer. How glorious you’ve been! But now, it’s time to get back to the business of watching those expenses a bit more closely since I’m retired unemployed. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t regret spending a single penny this summer, because it was all saved for in advance. But now, time to start minding… Read More What I did on my summer vacation? Spent money, of course.