For the past 5 months I've been working towards becoming more self-sufficient in the area of employment. For 17 years I've worked as a nurse. My life has had to revolve around my job. I cannot begin to tell you how many birthdays, holidays, school functions and friendly gatherings I have missed over the years. I felt like my entire life was slipping away from me.
Five months ago I began apprenticing in my mother's dog grooming shop in a first step to becoming self employed. It has been a very long five months, grooming during the week, and working weekend doubles in a nursing home on weekends. Sixteen hour days were really taking their toll on me. I was miserable, exhausted, and extremely unhappy in the position I was in. So today, I took the next step.
I resigned from the weekend job.
It's a little scary, taking that step, but thankfully I'm now in a position to be able to spend some time focused solely on the job at hand, which is getting my garage converted into a grooming salon, and focusing on grooming. At least for a couple months.
So now is a time to become extra frugal. I'll be looking for more ways beyond what I'm already doing to be self sufficient. Every decision I make will be with the idea in mind that I need save money everywhere possible.
So what are your biggest money saving activities/ideas?