I feel like I'm getting ready for a marathon. The holiday season is coming up and my plan of action is to finish the film I'm scheduled to work on soon, which will be six days a week of all day running around to beat the clock work, and then I want to try to get some kind of holiday store job - maybe two holiday store jobs. My goal is still and always to find work in my field, but I need to store up some money and buy myself some more time to do that. Catering is another good option, as it pays well and is flexible. I've been doing a bit of that lately, and want to do more. I really really just want to be working up to seven days a week to try to pay off my nice new computer and put some money in the bank. I'm tired of counting all my pennies.
How is the recession, and the weak job market affecting you? I'm in an artsy field, which makes regular work hard anyway. What are the other plan of actions out there to deal with the economy? What are you doing for the holidays and how has that changed?
My plan is to get some kind of full time work, even if it's not in my field, and when it dies down in January go back to having more time for my own job hunt. It is also to stay here in New York for Christmas, instead of flying down to spend it with my family. I just can't spend $400 for a few days visit, as much as I would love to. I may visit in January instead if I can afford it. If not, oh well. It is to spend a lot less this year on gifts, maybe even just making a big bunch of holiday cookies for some of the people on my list and wrapping them up nicely. It is to not run up my credit card, and to put even just a little more money in the bank.
It is so hard to stay on budget during this upcoming few months - Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners alone are just so much more expensive than my regular pasta. And I just can't give up gifts entirely. I would feel like Scrooge. Even Halloween ends up costing a little money, either on a costume or just because I feel like I can't stay home being a hermit.
On the flip side, I will probably get to see some of my friends or at least talk to them a bit more during the holidays. I will receive a few gifts, which even when they're small really excite and touch me. I'll decorate a little Christmas tree and eat the fancy nice food I am worried about making. There will be leftovers for weeks, and plenty of cookies left for me. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas - my birthday is right in there too - and I'm just hoping that money worries don't overshadow them.
So what are YOUR plans? What are you doing? Is it ok to cut certain things out of the budget, or are certain things just too sacred to do without?