Due to some recent changes at my hospital, my income as a labor and delivery nurse has taken a nosedive. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t realize the extent until I spent some time browsing through the payroll website while at work yesterday. As an on-call nurse, my income can vary a bit, but I realized that I was pretty much bringing home $1000 less per pay period since mid-summer.
$1000 less per pay period.
Umm . . . that’s not a good long term plan. Especially for someone who:
- Has a son who will attend college next year.
- Someone who enjoys paying her mortgage and buying groceries.
Yes, I have a small amount of income from blogging, reselling thrift shop finds and helping my mother clean her guest cottages. (All income sources that can be worked around the busy-ness of daily life.) But I certainly don’t bring in enough money to make up $500 per week.
I recently experimented with opening up an Etsy shop with an eye to bringing in some extra income from the great vintage finds that pepper my house. I listed eighteen items and have only sold two so far. I’ve also sold here and there on eBay through the years and I would estimate that 95% of listed items have sold with that first week. I know what I need to do is to take my Etsy items and list them instead on eBay. Yes, eBay is less pretty and hispter-y than Etsy, but it brings zillions more potential buyers, and seems to be a better market for my vintage wares.
I do feel like the right thing to do is to stay in the job I’ve been in since 1995, as I’ve successfully weathered other changes through the years, and therefore should be able to ride this one out as well. (I like to think that I’m playing the long game.)
I want to hear your stories though, as I know that I am not the only one to have ever experienced a significant drop in income. What changes did you make, and how did it affect your life?
Gotta go, as I need to switch my Etsy listings to eBay and to plan the two guest cottages turnarounds for this week.
Money, money, money, sigh . . .
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”