What would you do with an extra 12 grand?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: How important would that extra cash be to you?
    DONT Quit! are you stupid! : (46 votes)
    66 %
    Money is nothing compared to health and happiness : (20 votes)
    29 %
    Other : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    In the current economy I wouldn’t quit my job before securing another job.

    Post # 4
    4441 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @NonannaS:  I used to have a job that was lots of frustration, but easy money.  I would bitch like high hell when I got home each night, but in the morning I’d wake up and go blow all of my money.  After I left that job I wished so badly I had saved more while I was there!  So I say suck it up!

    Post # 5
    9525 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’d be sure that I had another job that would pay the bills, even if it wouldn’t put quite as much in savings, but then I would absolutely quit. I think everyone has a minimum that they need to make to get by comfortably but above that, you really have to consider if it’s worth extra time/stress. So get another job lined out and then go for it!

    Post # 8
    1674 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @NonannaS:  I wouldn’t just quit before you have a realistic backup plan in place other than just living off of your savings. At the very least, map out what your finances would be like if you quit. Figure what your housing cost, food, and other expenses are… and then double that because EVERYTHING always costs more than you think. I’d also want to know what my future job prospects were. The pickings are pretty slim and there is a surplus of candidates. The longer you are out of the job market, the less desireable you will be to possible employers. I think they prefer to hire people who are working vs unemployed, and NO ONE will hire a visibly pregnant woman, so that should be something you consider also.

    Post # 10
    1259 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Sorry, I think you would regret quitting.

    Post # 11
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    If you have a good amount in savings that will get you by, your DH has a job and you can find an affordable home and wouldn’t be struggling to make ends meet, I say quit. I remember your thread awhile back and you work on a cruise ship is that correct? I have heard many horror stories about how hard that work is and if you’ve done it this long…props to you! But if you aren’t happy doing it and it’s only going to make you miserable and you have the means to quit, I’d say do maybe 1-2 more, save up the money then quit. Or you and DH discuss a “quit date” and save all your money until then (which you’ve been doing) and be really done by that date.

    Post # 13
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    @nonapkns Wow I say this with so much respect, I would NEVER want your job, you work WAY TOO HARD. I went on just ONE cruise and I saw how hard the staff worked and how they had to work even harder for difficult or “first class” passengers, I just couldn’t do it. The fact that you have done it for 4 years, I’m telling you when you have kids you will be a great mom, the patience you have learned on the ship must be a lot.

    If your DH & you agreed upon a leave date already then he needs to stop trying to bribe you with your “dream rings” that isn’t right. You deserve them for being a great wife and partner, not because you stayed miserable on a ship for more months! That’s not right and I honestly wouldn’t want them if that’s what I had to do to get them.

    How much money is it going to take for him to think you have enough? I mean is money worth more to him than your happiness? You want to start a family, you can’t do that on a cruise ship while waiting on everyone else, you’ll need rest for yourself! Cruise staff works themselves to the bone from what I’ve seen personally and I think I watched something on TV regarding “behind the scenes” from former employees.

    Post # 14
    2787 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @NonannaS:  Knowning your situation and reading your previous threads, I am on the go for it side.  The longer you wait, the harder it will be to do.  And if you have any inclination to start a family, doing so from a cruise ship is tough.  You are also 30+ which makes it even more difficult as things go on with your fertility.

    I would look at a budget tracker website, espeically for in the country you are looking at moving too.  South African budgets are going to look a lot different from US budgets.   

    Post # 16
    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    to answer the title question I would be boring and squirrel it away, and to answer your post’s question, I think you are in a similar situation to me, where your time matters more to you than the extra income, so if the job makes you miserable I’d have no qualms dropping it when I had enough of it, in your position.

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