Wednesday, April 23, 2008

One Job at Last!

For a year and seven months, I worked two jobs - my "day job" in sales and nights and weekends at a retail store. Forty to fifty hours a week at the day job and an additional 20-25 at the store.

At the end of March, I quit my second job. I finally understand again why people look forward to Fridays.

It was a long time coming. I have wanted to quit for... well, forever. I never really enjoyed relinquishing my precious free time for $8.50/hr. Sure, I made the best of it and had fun when I could, but I was never in it for enjoyment.

The first weekend in April was revolutionary. Friday night I came home from work and had a nice relaxing evening at home with my husband. Saturday we awoke to no alarm and spent the day taking care of errands and cleaning up around the house. That Sunday we went on a fantastic hike. All in all, I got to remember what it is like to have 2 sequential days off.

It was great to have the extra income, and it enabled us to put about $8,000 towards our debt snowball. The time had come, however, when the cons outweighed the pros. I am happy I was able to do it for so long, and happy to no longer have the two jobs!

8 comments:

Sharon said...

Congrats!!! I'm glad you have free time on the weekend...cherish it before you have to start going to soccer games, and little league games....etc.! :)

Moving on up said...

That's a lot of hours! I am exhausted mentally after 40. Happy to here you paid so much off though.

JvW said...

sharon - Don't get ahead of me! Not yet!

moving - I think it only worked because my husband works that many hours, too. But there were definitely days where I was absolutely exhausted.

wealthy_1 said...

I'm so happy for you. Working weekends is no fun after working all week.

Canadian Saver said...

Wow, good for you! I couldn't keep that pace up for very long... Hope you're still enjoying your weekends off :-)

Karen said...

I undertand your feelings. As for me, I have to work and study these days. Sometimes it is very difficult to be albe to organize my time. There is a lack of free time. Poor old us!:(

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