SCOTT GOT A PROMOTION!
That's the big news. (I'm going to write in bold from now on because the yellow font is hard to read on here.)
We're really excited about the things we can do with a shiny new income. I spent hours creating a potential month-by-month budget for 2012. Yeah, I know:*nerd alert* Whatever. It makes me happy. Our big goal is to put 20% down on a modest home in a few years. It's hard to say "no" when you really want things but the things I don't say "no" to myself for are always kind of lame later on. And a house is definitely not lame.
And, since we're absolutely not having kids until we get out of Scary Apartment (I don't even want to be pregnant here, I need my strength for possible escape), I found a new job.
It's mortgage collections, which is better than probably any alternative, but I'm still nervous. On one hand, I'm sick of bending over backwards for rude people (which is the essence of customer service); but on the other hand, I don't know if I can handle not being nice to people. Like, purposefully not being nice to people. For money. Doesn't that sound somehow immoral ?
Then again, I'm just grateful to have a job. Neither of us has started our new jobs yet, and money is a wee bit tight, and the old instant potatoes for dinner because that's what you can afford really makes a person grateful for the times of plenty.
I hope feeling really poor now helps us be smart with $$$ when we feel really rich next month.
Just remember Dave Ramsey: Live like no one else so you can live like no one else. We may not be able to have all the things our peers seem to, but sacrificing now will give us peace and freedom later.