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Fight the Good Fight

June 27th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Trying to fight discouragement. Job-burnout has me EXHAUSTED and impatient to hurry up and meet all my financial goals NOW. The thought of 10 more years of this job zaps my energy. I'm eligible for retirement between 7 and 10 years barring reductions/downsizing, which can happen at any time. Can I make it?

I'm grateful for my job and income. If we go through reductions/downsizing, I'd rather choose job-burnout. And at the rate I'm going, I need at least 10 more years of saving and investing and to pay off my mortgage. I'm just really really tired. I need to take it a day at a time.

In the meantime, I'm doing what I can with all the money management skills I've practiced. I seek inspiration at saving-advice and else-where.

I've committed to saving at least 70% of any extra income I receive over my paycheck.

I save change. I clip coupons. (Has anyone seen that show 'Extreme Couponing'? OMG! Not exactly for me, that investment of time, but OMG!)

I've fallen off the wagon in playing the $20 challenge. So I'll commit to my own version for the next 6 months on a daily basis and try to save as much as I can each day in addition to my regular saving allotments. Say, $1 added to savings for every no-spend day...

I can dream about winning the mega-million lottery while I clip coupons and count quarters, but while I'm dreaming, I have to keep clipping coupons and counting quarters in order to push forward. Heavy sigh...

3 Responses to “Fight the Good Fight”

  1. baselle Says:

    The 20$ challenge really doesn't have any rules, there's no wagon to fall off of...bully for you to play it your own way. And remember that clipping coupons, counting quarters, shaving all the monetary fat from your routine means you have control. Saving, even just a buck, is a buck's worth of control that you've wrestled away from the world at large.

    Keep on fighting the good fight!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I'm so sorry you are feeling this burnout. It can make it so hard to be at work and can dominate how you feel even when you are home. The burnout job just won't let you have any peace.

  3. Jerry Says:

    You're right, burnout is far preferable to joblessness, and many people are seeing the latter in this economy. There is definitely something to be said for a job that leads to a regular paycheck, insurance benefits, and even a retirement fund... count your blessings, right?

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