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Well, I did it. I quit my job and moved back home.  I actually put in my notice in late August….and then again at the end of September…and then again in Ocotber. My boss did not want me to go, and asked that I please stay until they could find a replacement. So I agreed to work a few more months until everything could be worked out. I helped bring any interviewees and contacted law school career services. but it was just too hard to find someone willing to move to a rural community at the offered salary. So, eventually, I had to pick an end date and stick with it.  I will continue to work from home in the interim until they can find a good replacement. This job and especially my coworkers mean the world to me, and I can’t leave them until I know everything is secure in the office. It was a difficult decision to leave, but it was the right one. This was my first weekend being back home, and I feel the stress literally melting away.

However, I now have new issues to work out. My boyfriend, D, makes more than enough money to support both of us and put close to $800 into savings each month. We’ve decided that he will pay the expenses while I look for a new job, but I will continue making my student loan payments by myself.  I saved up about a year’s worth of payments before I left, and still have a few more paychecks coming. I will make the minimum payments until I find a new job, and then it’s back to the aggressive pay-off plan.  D wants me to take my time and really make sure that the next job will make me happy and, hopefully, bring in a little better salary. 

Also, we have tentatively discussed a summer 2014 wedding. We’ve been wanting to get married for a few years now, but put it off for law school, student loans, etc. We are taking the next few months to try out our new financial plan and seek out premarital counseling. Wish us luck!

Most importantly, this time will allow me to really dedicate myself to budgeting, loan repayment options, and financial planning for our future. These last few months I have been majorly preoccupied with work, and it’s time to get back on track.  I’ll be seeking out new ways to budget, meal plan, and make the most of every penny.

I’ve missed the blogging community and am so excited to dive back in.