It all starting when I was 19 years old when I was working for Lowe's, and I got a phone call from a furniture manufacturer for a job I had applied for. My hours would be from 7am to 3:30pm which was great, and they paid me more money than Lowe's. I would also have the weekend's off and that meant the world to a girl crazy 19 year old boy, but me being in love with money led me to go part time at Lowe's. The life of Mr. Multiple Jobs started in 99 and I'm still going at it in 2019, and to be honest I'm tired of the shit.
I was staying at home with my parents and there was no need for me to work myself crazy like that. I spent most of the money clubbing and drinking with friends, so it was definitely time wasted. There is nothing wrong with doing what you have to do to survive, but there is something wrong with loving money to the point that you would risk your health for it. I've had times when I had to work like this to support a family, but other than that I shouldn't have put that kind of stress on my body. Its 2019 and I will turn 39 years old this year, and my body aches like a 90 year old man. If I would have started budgeting at a young age when I first started working multiple jobs, I would be where I needed to be in life right now. Instead living a normal life this past couple of years, I worked three jobs and almost worked myself into a heart attack. A couple of days before 2019 kicked in I promised myself that I will not continue to work like that. I created myself a budget to live off of, and I am proud to say that this week I will quit my current second job! I landed another part time job that is less stressful and it allows me to work when I want and it feels good. I will be working a whole lot less due to my budget.
I used a site online to help me calculate all of my expenses, and it opened my eyes to so much. I learned that I have wasted a shit load of money last year. I actually have a nice chunk of change left after all of my bills are paid without the money from the second job. I can actually pay my bills with no problem, save money, and pay off my debt with my very very part time job. I will also be able to get some much needed rest and go to the gym on the regular. I am so very pissed at myself for not doing this earlier. I would be in a better place in life if I would have only did this very simple thing. If you find yourself in my previous shoes, I beg of you to please stop and calculate what you make and how much your bills are. You might just see that you have more than enough to sustain you without working yourself silly. It will take some discipline but it will be well worth it. Now this means that you cannot go out to eat everyday, and your home will have to be your sanctuary. I won't go into details on this post so be on the lookout for my future updates on my journey. If you want to know how I came up with my budget, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email.
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