I’ve had one hectic week. Starting the new semester off running has definitely thrown me for a loop. Being the over-achiever that I am, I selected the accelerated program to finish up in December instead of May. In my defense, I’ll save one semester of tuition by punishing myself over the next few months at a savings of about $4,000. Oh, the things I do to save a buck (or 4,000 of them).
But what this means for me over the next 14 weeks (I’m counting down by weeks; down 2, 14 more to go!) is that I’ll be in over-drive mode. My weekly schedule is as follows:
- Wake up at 5:30am (I am NOT a morning person, BTW)
- Ride my bike over to Starbucks for my coffee (I know, I know, I am so addicted!) At least the bike ride wakes me up (and I kind of like riding in the dark – don’t worry I have lights).
- Shower by 6 am
- Check emails, blog for 30 minutes
- Ride my bike to school at 7:10am
- Home by 4:00pm (except Tues. and Wed. when I have evening classes until 6pm)
- Write copious amounts of lesson plans and papers supporting my teaching methods
- Squeeze in some blogging if I can
- Eat dinner
- Maybe a movie if I’m lucky
- Bed by 9:30pm
- Start again the next day
But, committing to the fast-track program means I’m going to save money. This is really important to me considering that the career I chose, education, isn’t a high-paying one. Jobs are also few and far between at the moment, but there is some expectation that within the next few years jobs will become more available.
Also, finishing up mid-year could be more advantageous for me when it comes to a job search. Positions do open up mid-year due to unexpected leaves of absence, retirement, or student increase, and this could put me in a good position. In the end, timing and networking will play a big part. Securing a position before summer will help me pay off the remainder of my student loans faster.
Now I just have to hang in there until December. A big thanks to those who have been volunteering guest posts. I really appreciate them!
What extreme measures have you taken to save a buck or two?