Mar. 4th, 2016

thethriftyhausfrau: (the lace maker)
This could also be subtitled: Why it's important to maintain work friendships after you've moved on.

A few weeks ago, my good friend from my previous job made me an offer I couldn't refuse, to work part-time for him in his department. The pay is modest, but the working environment is awesome and I'm able to set a schedule that allows me to take care of my family and continue our very frugal way of living.

Frankly, it could not have come at a better time, as we'd just been socked with nearly $1,000 in veterinary bills, $1,000 paid out in an auto insurance deductible after Mister Thrifty's car was creamed by a hit and run driver, and my looming need for expensive eye care, which costs about $1,000. We do have an emergency fund, but it absolutely took a beating in a very short time. Our very tight budget needed a larger belt to let out a few notches, so this is pretty much perfect.

Which brings me to the subject of balance in life and why that's important. Back when I was working full-time for this same company, I became very unhappy because the long hours meant things were going to hell in a hand basket at home. Although our house was never cluttered, it was not clean and the griminess had become actively distressing to me. We were also spending a huge amount of money at the supermarket because we had only a couple of hours on Saturday morning to devote to shopping and paid a premium price for not having much time.

So this time around, we have a bit of money coming in to soften the blows of the unexpected, and balancing a good family life is foremost in our minds. In preparation for returning to work, I made up a detailed list of what household chores get done when and by whom. It's been in action for going on three weeks and it's working out great. Built into this list is Sunday off for me and Mister Thrifty, so that we get to enjoy a day with only the most basic of chores (scooping the litter box and feeding the critters) and have time to spend with each other.

Balance is a beautiful thing! :)

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