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New job income update - this surprised me

June 30th, 2017 at 10:20 pm

So my new job at urgent care pays a lot better than my old job in private practice. I knew that. That isn't the surprising part.

What surprised me is that now that I know the date that I'll be leaving the practice (9/30), I did an income projection for the year.

If I only work 20 hours/week at urgent care from 10/1 to 12/31 and don't pick up any extra shifts, I will still make $26,880 more in 2017 than I made in 2016.

My goal is to shoot for 12 hours/week extra for a total work week of 32 hours. If I can manage that, I'd earn about $45,000 more than last year. And if I can't always get an extra 12 hours, I'll still be in good shape which is nice.

I've been working a lot of hours (bare minimum of 43 and often 47 or 51) so I'm looking forward to a lighter schedule. Just this past week I worked 7 days in a row. A lot of stuff outside of work has gotten ignored because of my schedule. It will be nice to have time again to do things like yard work and car care and other stuff. And be making more money at the same time. Not a bad deal.

Took the next step in the job transition!

June 27th, 2017 at 01:45 am

I gave notice at my practice last week. I'm going to stay on through September 30th. Beginning October 1st, I'll be working one job only at Urgent Care. I'm going to remain part time there (20 hours/week) and pick up per diem shifts on a regular basis. My goal will be a total of 32 hours/week (20 regular and 12 per diem).

Right now, my 20 hours is 8 hours on Tuesday, 4 hours on Thursday evening, and 8 hours on Saturday or Sunday depending on the week. Once I leave my office, I'll have Monday, Wednesday, Thursday day, and Friday available to grab per diem shifts. So that's 44 possible hours and I only want 12 of them. That should be no problem at all. And there are always weekend shifts to consider, too, on the weekends I'm not already working.

I have some preferences as to where and when I'd like to work but I realize that once I'm depending on the per diem shifts for my income, I'll need to be flexible and sometimes take what I can get. I'm okay with that.

I'm looking forward to not juggling two jobs anymore. I'm also looking forward to working 32 hours/week instead of now when I work a minimum of 43 and often more. This week I'm doing 47, for example. So that will be nice.

Got a pseudo-bonus this week

June 7th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

My new job gives me a continuing education stipend. In April, I went to a conference and submitted the receipts for the conference itself and the hotel bill. I knew I would get it back eventually but didn't know when. So it was a nice surprise to get my check yesterday and have it contain an extra $1,400.

It really is "found" money to me. Whether I had this job or not, I still would have gone to the conference but I would have had to pay for it out of pocket.

What will we do with the money? I wish I had an interesting or exciting answer but it will just go toward college costs for the coming year. I'm trying to minimize the amount of the Parent PLUS loan that we need to take out and this will help.