How do real adults handle pay cuts/hour cuts? I don’t have many monetary responsibilities, but I’m slowly adding more and more as I can. Still, I enjoy working and making my own money. It’s very important to me that I am as independent as I can be, because my parents have and still do support me for so much.
I work at a tanning salon, and our busy season is anywhere from the end of February/early March, until after Memorial Day. Memorial Day was this week, and this is the email we got with the next three weeks’ schedules:
So, we girls have been used to working four or five days a week during the busy time, are now cut to three, and sometimes two days a week. Most of the girls live on their own, and have rent and other bills to pay. Though we all know this is what happens this time of year and even worse in winter when some shifts only have one worker at a time as opposed to busy times of year when there are four and even five girls at a time, it’s still a tough cutback. Whether we are expecting it or not, that few hours makes it almost impossible for someone NOT supported by their parents to make it without finding a second job.
The only things I pay for myself are my Netflix account, and my car payment, along with gas and if I eat out with friends. But, if I want to move to Orlando some day, I need money saved up to make that move. My goal was to put AT LEAST $200 into savings every month, which would give me over $7,000 by the time I’m done with college. If I’m working less than 15 hours a week, though, I can’t afford that AND my car payment.
So yesterday, when we got our schedules, I texted my mom and asked her to be on the lookout for any part-time jobs for mornings or Sundays. She replied and said they are hiring at their store. Now, I was not even going to ASK to work at my parents’ home accessory store, even though I knew they were hiring, because I didn’t want them to feel obligated to hire me because I’m their daughter. My sister helps my mom in the office, but I didn’t want to have to put them in that position. I told my mom this, and that if they found someone more “qualified” than me, not to be afraid to hire them instead. But at least for now, I will be able to work there.
I’m very blessed to be able to work for my parents. I would have been FINE to go out and find something else, I really wanted to see if a local coffee shop was hiring, but having the opportunity to work for my parents is great, too. I feel like it will be a good experience, and something good to put on resumes. I’m a very friendly person, and all this job is is talking with customers and answering their questions. So, even though I LOVE my job at the tanning salon, I will be able to do both and make the money I need to put into savings for the future. Because I like being responsible, I feel like admitting that I need to find a second job is a sign of growing up. Instead if saying, “Yay! More Netflix time!” (Which I would definitely say) I said “I need to work.” And immediately began a search. Whether I’m working for my parents or someone else, it’s being responsible for my own life and money.
There’s my thought for the day.