I’m getting there. I can finally pay all of my bills w/out bouncing checks or getting overdrafts at the end of the month. I guess I will consider myself all the way there once I can qualify to buy a car w/out my parents co-signing.
I am so glad that I had the courage to leave my last job when they low-balled me on my annual salary increase. I was really uneasy about my decision but I knew in my heart of hearts what kind of money I COULD be making if I really went for it, and what kind of money I needed to be making. It scared me so bad to be out of work for 2.5 months and I had to rely on credit cards to get by but I ended up snagging the perfect job, and the offer they made was for more than I would have requested. Meanwhile, my old firm hired a chick w/ more experience after me and offered her more money than me, but she ended up stealing almost $10K from them, and they have gone through 4 or 5 more legal assistants in the 2 months since that happened. They still don’t have a permanent person in there. Not that I’m relishing their misfortune or anything but they could have avoided all of this by giving me what I wanted (which was a very reasonable raise).