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MaxI would kill for job security

Had to take a day off of my job assignment for back pain and got replaced last week. There’s talk of other assignments, but it’s just talk right now. Fortunately I’ve kept my spending down and have enough in the bank to last out the month. If I get a job soon I should be able to stay and if it pays well enough I should be able to get back on track without too much problem. 3 years ago


MaxA Ray of Hope

Spent over a month unemployed and sinking deeper in debt (don’t even get me started on my car). But at least I have an assignment. I start on Monday and it seems to pay a living wage. It sounds long term and I was so relieved that I didn’t think to ask (fingers crossed). If I can hold on to this or some other job until the end of the year and don’t get evicted, I should be in the black within a year or less.

Oh, just realized I hadn’t mentioned: My friend came through and I have an apartment. It’s cheap enough the crappy jobs I’ve been getting will pull me through. I’m a little concerned because she’s taken a pay cut and may have trouble paying the rent herself, but I’m still better off than I was before. 4 years ago


MaxNot looking good

My court date for traffic court was moved back twice with no notice. Of course the third time was the charm and I forgot about it. So I may have gotten through with no fine, but now I have to shell out $171.

It gets better. I just checked my mailbox and got word that thanks to the background check I have been terminated with the Census Bureau effect May 3rd. My local office either has not yet been informed or failed to inform me. I’ll be contacting my supervisor tomorrow.

Was supposed to get together w. a friend to talk to her apt. managers about my moving in, but this and other factors may put the kabbosh on that. Looks like I may be on the street a little longer.

So yeah, morale’s a little low right now. 4 years ago


MaxBut is it progress?

I have recently accepted a position with the U.S. 2010 Census again. The pay is over double what I make in my current job. The down side is that it is temporary and my present job has made it clear they won’t promise to take me back (I didn’t expect them too). This will be a big help for the coming month as far as catching up on my bills. Whether it will turn out to be a savvy move or a huge mistake depends on what sort of job I can land (if any) when it is over. I’m outwardly calm, but my stomach is full of butterflies. 4 years ago


adslmttoo much debt

Just trying to figure how to get rid of $23K old credit card, $5k old bank debt and 10K new IRS debt caused by insufficient witholding. With 2 elementary school kids, no assets, no savings, no life insurance, and renting, our combined income can’t pay any of this. 4 years ago


MaxA tad closer

I’ve finally gotten to the point I can start paying down some bills. Plus I’ve started a part time job w. the census. Stealing sleep but the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to look a little less like an oncoming train. I should have paid off the apt. debts by the end of the year and I have the carecredit bills under control. I may even be able to pay off at least one of the medical bills before year’s end.

The car is getting shaky though. Fingers crossed.

I have a friend that can offer me a space for $400 a month. It would cut down on the money available for debt payment. On the other hand it may allow me to get rid of my storage spaces and the car and to save money on food. I’ll probably go for it. 4 years ago


Minion10Debt free by the end of 2010

I want to be debtfree by the end of 2010 4 years ago


spidergoatLiving On the Edge

We’re always treading a thin line between BROKE and broke. We live paycheck to paycheck, and I can see from just one week of tabulating receipts that we spend waaaay too much on junk food.
This didn’t matter quite so much before our baby was born, but we MUST be responsible now. Financial solvency means having an emergency fund/6 months of expenses, paying all the bills on time, and having money to begin eliminating our debt, which is not insignificant. 4 years ago


MaxBackward and forward

Well I lost my job about 2 months ago. Borrowed enough money from father to pay the rent and for storage until the lease let up last month. Now I’m staying w. a friend for a bit. Things were headed this way even if I hadn’t lost the job as it was not paying enough to meet the bills. Had to give up the cats as well.

On the plus side, I finally got another job and am starting tomorrow. W. no rent or vet bills, I should be able to start paying down my debts. With an improved credit rating I should be able to get a decent job. So I’m on my way to not being homeless in about a year. My major concern right now is that the car may die on me or just be too expensive to keep legal. 4 years ago


Max2 Steps Forward, One Step Back

Well, thought I’d at least get myself in the black for a month or two. But it seems the Census Bureau had enough people that phase 1 is ending early. I’ve got about 20-30 hours of work left and then I’m done.

In the meantime my car is continuing to wind down, the bills are piling up, and my computer is dead (using one at work right now).

The closest I can come to a silver lining is that my weekends and evenings will be a little freer again for hiking and climbing and that I’ve been extra motivated to get up off my ass and get some resumes out and apply myself at work more. 5 years ago


MaxTemporarily in the black

I’m doing work for the Census in my off hours. Pays over double my regular job. Would have liked to put more hours in but my work won’t let me adjust my hours. This won’t fly for phase 2 of the Census next year. But for two months I should be able to pay all my bills without help from the family. Hopefully something will come up that will let me work normal hours and meet the bills. Right now I have little time left over for any self improvement. 5 years ago


GoDonaldI need to complete my plan to...

work out my payments with my creditors, including the IRS6 years ago


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