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Holding ground

April 29th, 2008 at 08:33 pm

Well, this is the second week of Hubby's unemployment. So far we are managing, but it has only been a little over a week. We have done a great job of trimming discretionary spending and I have been doing well with the grocery shopping and cooking every night. DD has handled it fairly well, only getting upset once about not going to gymnastics classes in May. I told her if Dad started working again in May, then she would likely be able to return to classes in June, which satisfied her. I actually think she will enjoy the break--two extra "free" nights a week.

Hub got all is unemployment paperwork done on line and they have already mailed him a confirmation with an estimated payment amount. He has to attend a job fair type thing for our county sometime in May. He sent out four more resumes today and I am hoping something turns up. He has not had many interviews and there just don't seem to be many tech/telecom jobs in our area right now.

My part-time job (pet sitting) has picked up so we will have that additional income and we are preparing for a garage sale sometime in May. Right now we are current on all of our bills and are making plans for each new week on how to save/earn money.

He and I agree that while his unforseen unemployment sucks, and while we wished we had more in savings, we are better off than some we know. We are not in danger of having our utilities shut off, we have relatively low debt, and our mortgage is current. Things could be worse. On the upside, we are communicating much better about our financial well being, reviewing the checkbook and bills together, and planning together--which is not something we have always done. We are a team and we are lucky to have a happy healthy family.

See, if just have to talk myself into a positinve state of mind occasionally Smile

5 Responses to “Holding ground”

  1. merch Says:

    So sad. I hope things turn soon. Great to hear that you aren't losing ground. Maybe he or you could pick up a part time job while he is looking. At least that might bring in some income to help out.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I hope he finds work quickly. Good luck!

  3. Homebody Says:

    Hang in there Sage! How about pet day care?

  4. HouseHopeful Says:

    Sounds like you guys have really have been able to adjust to the unexpected change. I hope he finds a new position soon.

  5. baselle Says:

    I think that you are in good shape, all things considered. The best thing that you can take from this is knowing that if the worst happens (and this is the worst), you and your family know what to do and that you'll survive it. Wish you both the best of luck with DH's job search.

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