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We have been scrimping and saving and paid off all of our debt, invested in our retirement funds. So now the kids are school age and I am free to start a job so no more of this extreme frugality, right? Wrong! Wth the increase in gas and food prices, we will be stuck in the same place frugal place with me working part-time, except actually worse because I will still have to make my own bread, cook everything from scratch, buy clothes at yard sales, etc in addition to working. Just great.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> Well, I know that lots of folks are far, far worse off so I am trying to stay positive, but really!
 

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I'm so sorry. I'm sure it will be the same for me when I go back to work. It seems like the average family just can't seem to get ahead these days. Hang in there. Dh is already so sick of my being frugal and he just doesn't understand how much $ I save us. There are lots of people that are far worse off but its still a kick in the teeth when you can't get ahead.
 

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have you looked at the 'costs' of you working.. im speaking of fuel/wear and tear on the car, increase in taxes, possible clothing, more laundry etc...<br><br>
if you are working part time it may not be worth it in the long run.
 

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Thanks, folks! 1growingsprout: I am pretty sure we will come out ahead of the game, even if I work part-time (as long as I can find a job!) I have a nice set of skills that should be worth something. My husband is retired and on a fixed pension. But he can be home to pick up the kids from the bus, etc. I actually want a job because with my kiddos in school I am lonely and kind of bored, you know? I need someone to talk to during the day (in my experience, retired men only actually speak on the very rarest of occasions). It is just that I was longing to use the income to do fun things like have real floors (we only have subflooring!) and in a few years, my own house. But this intertia from not working a paying job all these years is really hard to overcome! Let me tell you something, though -- all of the Dave Ramsey stuff and that awesome frugal mindset I have now are going to stand me in good stead. I know all the stuff will get done eventually, and it will be paid in cash.
 
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