So I'll tell you all about my new super awesome job that I'm totally excited about in just a minute (even though I know you're dying with anticipation), but as far as my Spending Fast goes, I think I did pretty darn well this month!
I'm mostly excited about my Discover bill (the biggest one with the highest interest rate). Check out THIS awesomeness:
STARTING AMOUNT: $4,423.11
CURRENT AMOUNT: $1,017.41
I was so happy when I realized how close I am to getting that number under a grand. Especially since that $4k number pretty much made me cry at the beginning of this year. There's nothing you can't do if you just put your mind to it! WOOT!
Here is how I did with non-spending during the month of August:
|Date||Not buying||Approx $ not spent||Total $ Saved|
|8/4/2012||Waterworld (couldn't get free tix this year) :(||$40.00||$90.00|
|8/5/2012||Concert (Megan & I decided not to go, and save the $)||$8.00||$98.00|
|8/6/2012||Free burrito AND free chips & queso!! (thanks, Qdoba!)||$13.00||$111.00|
|8/9/2012||Lunch at Breck Brewery (brought my own lunch, just went to say hi)||$15.00||$126.00|
|8/9/2012||Flavored Vodka (really wanted to get this for hot cocoa)||$20.00||$146.00|
|8/16/2012||Dress at Ross (I can't believe I walked out without it! I'm growing!)||$15.00||$161.00|
|8/20/2012||The Clymb - big sale (would've gotten free stuff, but still $8 to ship!)||$8.00||$169.00|
|8/27/2012||TJ Maxx stuff (bought over weekend - returned items due to guilt)||$35.00||$204.00|
|8/27/2012||Comemerative beer mug (sale) for Oktoberfest (dangit!)||$10.00||$214.00|
|8/29/2012||Bottle of wine (really wanted one!)||$10.00||$224.00|
Not too shabby!
I started out with $13,168.04 of debt at the beginning of this year.
I'm now left with $7,863.64 - that means I've paid off $5,304.40 in the past 8 months! WOOHOO!
And now on to the big news...
I'm going to be working at a BAKERY!!
I'm so doggone excited.
Unfortunately this means I'll be taking a pretty big pay cut (the debt will now be decreasing in much smaller baby-steps), but I'll finally, FINALLY be doing something that I'm really excited about.
I'm just starting as a "team member" - which means helping customers, probably cleaning, helping with prep work & all that, but I'm hoping to eventually move up the ranks. The people at this bakery seem pretty darn awesome too, and I can't wait to start with them!
OH, and did I mention the best part? They're going to have me decorating CUPCAKES!!! :D
Funny story on how it all happened actually....
On Wednesday I was thinking about how I really wanted to do something where I wasn't sitting at a desk all day. That it would be fun to be working with food and people - both of which I enjoy doing so much! Then I thought "What about a bakery?"
I went on Craigslist, and lo & behold, a bakery near my house was hiring.
I was so excited that I emailed them my resume and explained how thrilled I was for the opportunity.
That night, I decided to take a bit more initiative.
Firstly, I prayed. I haven't prayed in a long time, and I was much overdue. I realized that I needed a little extra help - I could come so far, but I needed another little push in any way I could find it. I realized that the money wasn't important - my happiness was. That's what I truly wanted, and I prayed for it with all my heart.
Secondly, I got up early, and scooted my butt down to the bakery with my resume. I decided, they needed to meet me in person. The email wasn't gonna cut it.
Luckily, they wanted to do an interview on the spot! I was totally honest about what I wanted to do, and explained how excited I was to work with them. I told them that I love baking and cooking at home, and I'd be thrilled to do anything in regards to that - and I was more than ready to get out from behind a desk again.
The hired me right then & there!!
The girl said that they had been through a bunch of interviews, and that they were just about to call someone that they would be OK with hiring...
...then I walked in the door.
I cried the whole way home of happiness!!
And of course, thanked God for the help. :)
So this does mean that I will be away from the computer more, and posts may be a bit more infrequent starting next month. But you know what? That's OK with me. I will be away from a computer and out living my life. Don't worry though, I'll still keep you kids updated every chance I get!
Especially about the opportunity to come and eat some cupcakes. :)
I'm SO ridiculously excited about this new chapter in my life!!