I have started to fret just a little because my monthly basic expenses are rising. Since I'll be on my own as of July, my expenses for rent and utilities have shot up. Sure, I am eliminating the monthly storage fee, but the move will cost close to $800. Too, I am able to adjust by eliminating the monthly virtual office rental, online dating club and computer tech support, and reducing my monthly recreational fees, as well as budgeting grocery bills more. In fact, I just made my first online order for produce, milk, eggs and poultry. We'll see if I can monitor and control my food spending better that way. Lastly, I could mention that my public transit costs will go down as a result of the move; I might spend around $30/ month less. Despite the reductions in expenses, however, I am faced with reduced teaching hours for the summer.
Getting a little antsy about this financial situation, I started thinking about how to get more paid work. Funnily enough, work opportunities seem to be stepping up towards me. For instance, I got a great tip from a co-worker that a summer English "camp" program is looking for an extra hand. I have a reference and workable schedule for it, so I quickly applied directly to the program director, with the help and advice of my co-worker. Also, I happened upon some job notices placed by the local company that is selling home-delivered groceries. I applied for a writer with that firm. Recently, I had the experience of a friend approaching me about assessing some new learning software; if it passes the marketing tests, there may be some work for that program in the future. Of course, I should mention the novelist, Juan, who remembered me and gave me a big editing job right out of the blue. I guess tuning into the wavelength and staying positive, instead of getting stressed and frantic, can really work.