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Achieving Affluence

I'm finally feeling like I'm doing well financially, and that's not something I'm used to. I'd been accustomed to struggling and scraping by with little to no margin or error. Being able to occasionally do things for myself was usually something I did solely out of my tax refund (which is basically a 0% involuntary savings account).

But the last few months have changed this. I've been working more and more, and the hourly rate I make now is actually reasonable. I haven't had a real problem like I'd had for the first year or so (on and off) with there never being enough hours to rely on. I've actually been putting in overtime pretty consistently for the last few months, and the paychecks are really nice.

I'm able to do things like go out to eat, buy books, and visit people (fuel isn't cheap) without serious financial jiggery-pokery. In fact, after I move this next time, I'm going to spend the time I'm living in this new apartment looking to buy a house. I actually make enough now to be able to make that work, finally.

I'm certainly not rich, not even really making white-collar money. But for my fairly frugal level of living, I'm actually pretty damn comfortable with what I'm making now. It feels good.

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aquachem
May. 28th, 2013 08:45 am (UTC)
Glad to hear, good luck with the house possibility!
longbottle
May. 28th, 2013 08:55 am (UTC)
It's more than a possibility, it's an inevitability. Just sooner than waiting for my father to die and me to inherit / sell his.

It's good to not be the fuckup child. I know he loves my sister, but she's just one of those people that keeps doing the same stupid things with her life, so I know he won't leave it (the house) to her. I told him that he should feel free to leave her his car since I had no interest in it.
0rcinus
May. 29th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
That's nice to here my friend. Congrats. :)
longbottle
May. 29th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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