I’ve always prided myself on being one of those die-hard Michigan residents who says I’ll stick it out through tough times – thick and thin. I don’t care if tons of home are in foreclosure! I don’t care if I am living paycheck to paycheck! It will get better! I will stay when others go!
But I got a job offer in another state a couple weeks ago. Now some of the main reasons I’m taking the job? It’s near my boyfriend and it’s a unique job opportunity. But the fact that I can rent a bigger place for $200 less a month, the price of gas is about 30 cents cheaper per gallon, and groceries are more affordable certainly doesn’t hurt. I’ve calculated an annual savings of $3000-4000 a year just in savings from rent and life expenses alone.
I want to come back to my home state as soon as possible. But wow…being able to start saving for retirement is such a nice thought. I don’t think I can pass up long term financial stability just because of my sense of state pride. It doesn’t make much sense (cents).
I will tell you what K did. Because she is going above and beyond librarian duty. A law student came from Africa with no home, no checking account, nothing but her stuff and a will to get a law degree. The law school messed up, this lovely woman has no housing, K is taking her in. Hmmm, if that isn’t a big heart, I don’t know what is.
Me, I’m working two library jobs. It is my attempt to make more money. I love my night job (ahem…not stripping…that’s what it sounds like, I know), but 13 hours on desk makes you pretty freaking squirrly.
So, K and I are a tad busy saving the world and making extra money. We have not forgotten the blog, but we are busting butt right now. Regularly scheduled programming will be back in just a bit. Promise.
Peace out… C
I found this interesting article on MSN Money this morning…it talks about what purchases you should splurge on or not….
In my recent attempts to increase my savings, I’ve inadvertently become a part of the reduce, reuse, recycle campaign. Of course, I think it’s becoming fashionable to be “green”, but when you’re doing it out of a need and not just a trend, well, then it’s truly a lifestyle…one that you can’t help but stick with.
So I’ve been signing up for different listservs and groups and well, I have a problem – I’m not a hippie.
I know! I know! How awful of me. How incredibly insensitive – I’m labeling, demonstrating pre-conceived notions. Blah blah blah. But let me explain…
I recently signed up for a well known online listserv that focuses on anti-consumerism and the three Rs. Soon, my email box was awash with irrelevant conversation about smoking pot and why the 60s were the very best. It was too difficult to sift through the dozens of emails from people trying to out-hippie each other to get to the really good, helpful emails, so I stopped my membership.
Where’s the middle ground?
For instance, I like the general concept behind EcoStiletto and what used to be the GreenGirlGuide and stores like Gaiam – but I am not that trendy or that wealthy. (I find if I really like their ideas, I can find a lower cost, but very similar product). On the other hand, I still like to shave my legs and appreciate a nice Ann Taylor suit (purchased from Salvation Army). So I feel like I’m teetering on an odd edge in the world of green. I have a feeling that amongst all these trends, those of us of modest income who want to be eco / budget conscience will get a voice that represents us. In the meantime, I guess K and I will keep leaning on one another in a quest for being ‘fashionably green’ in a way that is realistic and sustainable.
I am addicted to the local resale shoppe (it’s spelled shoppe – which apparently means it’s in a different league than the other consignment shop? i dunno). There are days that my car just magically turns into the parking lot. Must resist the pull of the wheel…but all red tags are 50% off…it is beyond my will power…and there is a parking spot RIGHT THERE!!!!
I live in a nouveau-riche community, the type with McMansions and an abnormally high number of those pet boutiques that sell diamond studded dog collars. (Somehow my 1970s Tudor style apartment complex and a shabby Amoco snuck into the mix)
Anyways, the resale stores in the area are teeming with beautiful clothing that I would never buy first-hand because they are so very far from my current buying power. And after reading “Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping” by Judith Levine (next post will be a review) I like to think that I am reducing my ecological footprint by buying something that might be “new” for me, but did not have to be made from scratch. (Green Cotton describes it a bit better than I can…)
I find myself making purchases and muttering, “Ann Taylor, J. Jill, Liz Claiborne…you are such sluts. And you’ve seduced me!!!!!” I am a resale pimp, and I have a lovely wardrobe to show for it. 🙂 Hence, the $4.99 Ann Taylor skirt with the tags still on it:
W Magazine Article on Consignment Shopping
Can’t wait to hear about other people’s best finds…do tell…it’s the thrill of the hunt, you know!