(Closed) What do you do to pay the bills?

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 32
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I teach kindergarten and it is absolutely my dream job! I make about 35k per year pre taxes. I could always wish for more money, but I truly enjoy what I do and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. 

It took me awhile to figure out that this is what I am meant to do. I tried sales, event coordinating, and dancing professionally before I went back to school to teach. It’s never too late to be what you should have been!

Post # 33
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818 posts
Busy bee

I’m a CNA in a nursing home while I figure out what I want to go back to school for (I have my associate’s in liberal arts). I like it most days and it pays decently but it’s not something I want to do for more than five years.

Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a B.A. in economics and at my current full time time I’m basically a glorified Admin Asst. which I absolutely hate and did NOT set out to be.  Unfortunately it was the only job opportunity that came my way after a year of job hunting after college (graduated in ’09 and my entire class was really screwed due to the economy).

I also work part time as a cashier at a specialty sporting goods store.  Between the 2 jobs I gross just under $40K.

Unfortunately both jobs are dead-end, so I’m planning on heading to grad school next year to follow my real passion, which is public policy & economics.

DH is a teller at a local bank.  Our combined gross salaries put us around the $70K mark.  We live in one of the most expensive areas of the country, where neither of us could afford to live alone on a single salary.

Post # 35
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My title says accountant but I’m basically a glorified admin assistant.  I hate it but it helps pay the bills.  I make about $40k.

Post # 36
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7309 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I am a public policy analyst and I like my job. I am high enough in the food chain that I get to spend a fair amount of time teaching and growing junior analysts, which is very rewarding on a day-to-day basis. And when major works get published, I know that my years of effort will touch the lives of millions of people. Words cannot describe how good that feels. I’ve been at my job for almost 9 years and intend to stay in my agency for a long time to come. In fact, we are actively trying to get Mr. LK a job at my agency, too.

 

Post # 37
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500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

So I was a professional ballerina before I took a job at AT&T I make $50,000+ its ok I don’t love it. I choose to have kids than continue to dance. I’m contemplating joining another company but I’m not sure yet.

Post # 38
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61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I am a wedding planner! Pay isnt amazing where I am at but I really enjoy it! Its something I just fell into actually never planned on doing this but it works for me!

Post # 39
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61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

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@QBbride: Since I just seen this I have to say how much I appreciate all of the NICU nurses out there. My son was in the NICU for a while after he was born and not only did the nurses help me keep my sanity but without a doubt went above and beyond for my peanut! You all are amazing!

Post # 40
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am an elementary school teacher. Last year I taught 2nd grade (all subjects) and this year I’m teaching 5th grade math. I LOVE IT! I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a young girl; I can’t imagine doing anything else.

I make about 28k a year before taxes/insurance. The great thing about my career is the payscale that guarantees a higher salary each year. After the wedding is paid off I’ll be returning to school to puruse my MS, which will add an extra 5,000 a year to my base salary. 

Post # 41
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2004

I teach middle school earning just over $50,000 annually.  For this region, that is a very comfortable income.  I have my bachelor’s degree, master’s, and Rank I status and six years of certified teaching experience.

My husband earns more than I do, but we are using my income to eliminate our only debt (our home) many years early. Otherwise, I would leave education and open an animal shelter.  Fantasy job is in Ancient Egyptology.

It’s insane how much has changed in education in my few short years…

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2004

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@cbabb1:  Unfortunately that is not true for many, many districts.  I have friends who have taken significant salary cuts in the recent few years.  But I am genuinely happy you have that security!  🙂

Post # 43
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I just passed my last CPA exam and I work for a public accounting firm. Hello, raise!

Post # 44
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1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m an “overpayment specialist” for an SSDI representative company. I really don’t like it because I spend all day on the phone with sick people and tell them they have to pay many thousands of dollars to their LTD company. Although, as of Jan 10 I am able to get a different position within the company, so YAY! I make about $25,000 a year, with 2 raises a year and amazing benefits.

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@may4bride: Ummm where can I sign up?! 🙂

 

I work as a nursing assistant at an assisted living/long-term care facility. I will be graduating nursing school this May – woohoo!

I do love my job, and I feel working with the elderly is definitely one of my passions. But I always wonder whether I should have gone for teaching. Hopefully I can be a teacher in a nursing program someday 🙂

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am an electrical engineer, make a little more than 70k/year. Fiance is also an electrical engineer. It’s an ok job, but I am not sure I really want to do it forever, but we’ll see how things play out.

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