I’m practicing more frugality

Now that I started working, being frugal is one of the things I will keep doing. Unlike when I used to work as a receptionist at the collection agency four years ago, our daycare cost now will not that expensive. Gas money and daycare are the expenses that we have to pay each month for taking my this new job. My workplace is close to restaurants and sometimes, it’s tempting to go eat out. To stay away from that, I always bring food with me for lunch and something to snack on. Since I started this job, I only ate out twice for lunch and that’s when my husband in town and got off work early. We usually go to Runza restaurant which is less than five minutes from my workplace. Both of us order a Runza sandwich which only cost us less than $10.

What I’ve learned from frugality is equating it with life’s happiness. Although I could choose to stay at the company’s break room to enjoy the cheaper meal I brought with me, but having lunch with my husband for a limited time is something worth every dollar we will spend on meals. And besides the food we order is not that expensive. This is not every day thing we will do and with that, I’m okay with it because I am frugal, not a cheapskate.

Anyway, I also enjoy packing my lunch at work. Usually, I have a sandwich, fruits, or yogurt. I don’t have to eat a lot at lunch time because I eat good in the morning. I always eat breakfast at home and snacks on something (almonds or a banana!) in late morning at work.

The goal this year is to be wise on spending money and packing lunch at work is one way to do it!

Gladys Starkey

Going back to work after a year off

Please be patient with me for not writing too often on this blog. But I promise these coming days, my schedule will be more settled…and slower (hopefully!). As my last post, the main reason why I didn’t blog much lately was because of the very busyyyy schedule I have. My other job involving exchange students and the new job I just started a couple weeks ago. Plus, the school year started today and getting used to this routine takes time.

I found a job at the newspaper in Fremont as a classified and sales specialist. Tomorrow is the official day I’ll be working just by myself. My main job is to help clients with their advertisement needs. Like any other new job, things go overwhelming at first because of the training we have to go through. I know it’s premature to say I like this job but I really do. It’s not going to be a monotonous job. Each day will seem like a challenge because of the different ads and projects I will handle.┬áBut don’t get me wrong, I will still keep blogging and writing. I’m still planning to publish my second book but for now with all what’s going on, I set it aside and hopefully I’m back at it again.

I decided to look for a job in mid-July. It was those moments when I was pondering about my life. The girls will be both in school full-time. So I submitted a couple job applications and luckily I got interviews. I applied for positions that were business-related because after all these years, I want to use my college degree. That’s why I was so grateful to get a job offer in less than a month. Everything seemed went fast. I had to buy a few office clothes because I didn’t have much including slacks that I got rid of since I quit my receptionist job four years ago. And even working shoes! Now I’m good from head to toe (wink!).

A couple people, though, asked how I got this job. I know I don’t have much experience but this is where we should perform so well during the job interview. We see ourselves as a marketable product and always be sincere during the Q & A portion. It was almost an hour interview for me but my interviewer (now my boss) was really nice and I felt so comfortable talking to him.

This going to be a great year for me and my family. Plus the girls are so happy to be back in school!

I hope you’ll have a fantastic week, my readers!

I’ll blog more often once our routine is in rhythm. I promise!

Gladys Starkey

A quick update…

Hello readers!

I won’t blog again until next week (Monday? Tuesday? Wednesday?). I found a full-time job and started last Wednesday (I’ll share more about it next time. Promise!). I’m still working on the new routine because this transition is not easy. I’m also busy with the foreign exchange student’s placement but thank goodness I’ll do a home visit after work tomorrow. And this weekend, I’ll get busy cleaning the house, visit a county fair and we’ll have a small birthday party for Olivia on Sunday.

This coming Monday, I’ll do a family orientation right after work. Then I’ll do exchange students’ orientation anytime next week once the students arrive. So I have to get their papers ready for that.

I promise my blogging schedule will be back to normal once this super busy time pass!

Thank you for bearing with me.

I hope you’re enjoying your day!


Gladys Starkey