One thing I didn’t anticipate was such a competitive job search. So today I’m discussing my budget, and dealing with a long job search. For those of y’all just now tuning in, thanks for being here! This series is a realistic look at moving across the country with no job, starting over, and all the hardships each step of the way. I find that a lot of bloggers simply shy away from anything negative. That’s not realistic. Especially if you’re a 20-something trying to figure out where you’re headed. I’m sharing it all, the good, the bad, the scary.
It’s hard to estimate how long it’ll take to find a job. Even harder when you’re changing careers. Trust me, plenty of times I want to throw in the towel and say never mind, just kidding. Then I remember, this is a field I genuinely love everything about. Shoutout to all y’all out there fearlessly pursuing your dreams! So in the meantime, I’ve taken on a serious budget. It’s simple, and anyone can do it.
I hate plotting things out in an excel spreadsheet or following my expenses on Mint. It makes me anxious. Instead I stick to a few basic rules, spend as little as possible, buy necessities, allot some money for entertainment/going out, make all food at home. For example: Starbucks, I love a PSL or Chai Tea Latte in the fall and winter but it’s not a necessity. Sweaters? Definitely necessary, but walking into Macy’s and buying one off of the rack makes very little sense when I can just as easily scour the internet for a similar style and much cheaper price. At the same time, it’s easy to go a little stir crazy when you don’t have a 9-to-5.
One thing I’ve recently started doing is roughly meal planning, and buying cheap but filling foods. So on my side of the pantry you’ll find Cheerios, pretzels, Ramen, peanut butter and a bag of candy. In the fridge? Milk, eggs, tuna, carrots, grapes, apples, chicken and the cheapest wine I could find. The healthiest diet? No, but my grocery bill was $35 and I’ll have plenty left to where I’ll only need to buy more fruit/veggies, eggs, ramen, chicken and a bag of pretzels or popcorn.
Another area I’ve cut back on is beauty. There are so many awesome dupes out there and cheaper, but fantastic skin care products! Later this week I’ll be sharing my beauty essentials with y’all. Similarly, clothing wise, I look for basic, must have items at great prices. Since I’m looking at a harsh winter, I will be stocking up on sweaters, jackets, scarves and hats. Spoiler: I’ve picked up some fantastic items and I can’t wait to share them with y’all.
Long job hunts are tough, really, really, incredibly tough. Facing rejection on a daily basis, and sometimes sheer frustration constantly is hard. Maybe it’s the economy, maybe it’s just how things are, either way it is a tough situation to be in. Sometimes it’s hard to just stay sane waiting to hear back. This is why it is so important to have other goals outside of your job hunt. Whether it’s learning to how to cook the world’s best pot roast, getting in shape, learning new skills like HTML or photography, or volunteering – pick something or a lot of things and do that too.
So for me, I’m setting a goal to get in shape and learn enough web code to not have to hire a web designer for this blog since I’m a complete cheapskate sometimes and a huge fan of DIY.
TL;DR: if you’re going to leave everything behind, move across the country, start a new life, change careers, give up something to pursue your dreams be prepared for a huge lifestyle change. It’s totally worth it, but budget accordingly. Budget smart and it won’t be so challenging and make an effort to get out and do things that you really enjoy!