For me, it's a lot. I recently switched jobs - from a $12.50/hr part time job with really all-over-the-place hours, to a $10.76/hr full time job that was supposed to have guaranteed hours. I was looking forward to $600-$700 paychecks, finally being able to give my roommate everything I'm supposed to, and being able to afford the things I couldn't before (female necessities, decent food, maybe a haircut). I've only been at the new job just over a month, and things are not going as planned. The paycheck today for two weeks is as much as my first paycheck there which was only for one week. So things still suck. My roommate is understanding and can afford rent on his own - the money I was giving him before was just extra money in his pocket, while meanwhile, I would be next to broke. And that's the case again today. If I give him the full $250 I owe him, it leaves me with $80 - $40 of that would go to my monthly transit pass, and the rest would have to go to my dad's father's day gift... leaving me again with nothing. So I freaked this morning... crying and everything.
He doesn't get why money stresses me out because, as he put it, he's been there. Yeah, well he's not now. He works at a law firm AND has a part time job just to avoid getting bored. So he's not hurting for money. He can afford to take us both to movies and pay for dinner and get the things he needs for himself ("beauty" products, haircuts - the things I can never get). He, unintentionally, makes me feel guilty for not being able to pay for us to go to as many movies as he does... or buy as many dinners... he doesn't do it on purpose, but he does it nonetheless. So I hardly spend a dime on myself. I have a hard time buying tampons almost every month, because I know that's money out of my bank account. I tried to explain my stress to him this morning but it did not go over well. Now I'm more stressed than I was before.
I didn't even mention that when I'm broke, I can't afford things for my son... and I like to be able to bring him treats or take him to a movie when I get my visits.
Does money stress anyone else out as much as it does me?
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