Tuesday, January 8

Alert Status Red

Captain, she's gonna blow!Well, though it's a line from a song, it also fits my status level according to the recent Financial Risk Advisory System post.

Not long ago, thanks to a check which surprised me by bouncing when I deposited it, my cash balance was a whopping $24. Woohoo! Merry Christmas Frugal Guy! Don't spend it all in one place buddy.

Thankfully, the check was replaced and life goes on. Anyway, this all came about because my long term telecommuting position, several years long actually, finally came to an end late last fall for myself and five or six other unlucky folks.

Needless to say, I'm taking my own advice and seeking employment. I'd really like to find something within my career field, so that I can earn good coin, but if things take too long I'll be scrubbing toilets during the midnight shift at McDonalds. Well, either that or delivering newspapers as my cities' oldest paper carrier.

Alert Status Red!

However, the next line in the song is promising... but the sun comes up instead. If I get a career position I'll be instantly transferred to status level green and the nature of my posts might migrate into a personal finance stance from a frugal living stance.

Wish me luck.

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Anonymous said...

Ok don't worry. You have a family to take care of. We are in a recession!!! It is not your fault. If your unemployment runs out you can get a job at a temporary service (if need be) doing all kinds of work. You are good on a computer so, that is a big plus.Fast food would never be enough for your family. I know I have done it. A lot of people are going back to college and living off of student loans, getting higher degrees and becoming employed at the schools. You could also get scholarships ect.. Only 18,000 jobs were created in the US last year. Other things people are doing is recycling cans for money, doing yard and gargage sales. You can get the Earned Income credit on your tax return for your child and more if you qualify. Good luck. You are smart so, you could get a job as a tax prep person(they are hiring now and give free training) too. Annette P.S. Who knows you may want to become a Financial Advisor C.P.A.!!!

Frugal Guy said...

Hi Annette,

Thanks for the thoughts. I just have to find a good job -- instead of any old job.

However, in the mean time, I may have to resort to something well below my normal pay grade. I hope not, but I'm willing to if I have to.

It's funny, but there is not much hope for a middle ground position. Because of my skill set I am generally passed by as a candidate because it is assumed I'd leave when a job in my career opened up.

Given the lack of work in my career field, in this area, it makes things difficult.

I'm not overly worried though. With some effort I've helped make sure Frugal Mom has a balanced budget, but there is no room in it for any extra expenses due to me.

So, anything that keeps me from defaulting on my payments would do in a pinch... so, even McD's is on my emergency planning path... ;)

squire said...

Maybe your blog will suddenly start generating LARGE sums of money. hehe.

Frugal Guy said...


While I've heard rumor of a referendum in the porcine community during 2008, concerning flight, I have my doubts...

Thanks for the thought.

Anonymous said...

if you have been unemployed since last fall, what have you been doing dude? mcd's is not bad while you are networking for something better. and occasionnally they will feed you a burger. good luck!

Frugal Guy said...


I'd been doing some piece work, via telecommuting, but that slowly dwindled into nothing.

I'd have liked to continue to work from home, especially with a new family member, but it seems just slightly out of reach.

For example, I had been earning some increasing levels of income from online efforts, but the net shifts around a lot, so that faded away too.

In any case, I'm hot on the trail of a local job, so hopefully that will happen... but if not, I'm not too proud to take whatever I can find.

Anonymous said...

KIA is hiring at $50,000.00 per year in Georgia!!!

Anonymous said...

Frugal Guy, I know exactly where you are coming from. We are on double red alert status. My husband and I both have lost our jobs in the past 6 month due to a company shutdown. He has found work(making less)but we had to have insurance coverage. I haven't found anything yet. 2008 will be a tough year for us but we will make it. Hang in there. I'll check back on your blog to see how you are doing.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should start your own business and get a loan from the SBA. You could write financial books too. Don't give up. You have tons of options!! Annette

Lisa said...

Everyone wants to do what they love, love what they do, but... you have to do what you have to do to pay the bills.

Here's hoping 2008 will be better for all of us.

Carol said...

Hi Frugal Guy.

I quit my job in a library out of pure burn out and I had no full time job lined up. I got a part time contracting job and then added a regular 20 hr a week job. I decided to start taking some classes and hopefully get some more marketable skills. And then...the ultimate direction? I'm doing some informational interviews to get a bit more focused.

I've been reading the career books and the books on networking (Never eat lunch alone), attending toastmasters, and really trying to "work it". Suprisingly, people I meet are more supportive and positive than I ever would have thought.

If you want to compare notes, share thoughts etc on the matter, or if you want occasional cheering on, I'm at bookluvn at yahoo.com.


Frugal Guy said...

Hey folks, thanks for the notes!

I'm currently waiting to hear from a company -- and they are taking their time about it.

We'll see. In all, it's pretty discouraging when what you've got is not what is in demand...