Friday 5: 5 Great Things About Being Unemployed!

FRIDAY 5 | | December 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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I know I am really late with this dose of the Friday 5 series, but I have been horridly sick or else nothing could make me miss writing this post. So you all know by now that we have been in the doggie house with regards to the job scene.  Well trust me if you hate reading about it, we hate living it. Always mean to keep it real here on MommyNiri.com. Anyway, there are some pretty positive things that are great about being unemployed (yes there are many reasons that suck but those we all know). I know I covered a few points in one of my other Friday 5 post, but here I mean to delve deeper.

  1. You get to be an expert on bargain shopping! You know how you sometimes just grab the first item in the store (well maybe that is just me), so I now take a closer at how to score a deal. I must admit I have coveted samples and freebies. And for anyone who looks down on that thought, my point is why pay for something full price if you can get it cheaper, or free. Of course it has also has the advantage of me not spending time shopping as if it was a recreational event.
  2. You feel less guilty saying no to all the charity requests. You know how it is when you sit down to a good meal and that call comes in? Yes, the one that gives you the reasons of why you HAVE TO give money to this charity and you can start with a small sum and assumes you are ready to give it and just wants to take down your details? Yes, exactly. Now I can easily say, with no remorse that we are unemployed, so a big NO!
  3. I cook more. Eating out has always been a thing of convenience (read laziness) so this has been curbed since the wallets have thinned. It also means my kids have been privy to some awesome home made treats. Being a vegetarian has helped in that fresh veggies are cheap and building them in meals has been great for us, and nutritious too, and much more than processed meals.
  4. I have scouted and found free entertainment and activities. By just looking closely I was able to find cheaper (read free) activities for my kids and I. By the time you hit the storytime or crafts  or activities of library, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Home Depot, Lowes , Pottery Barn, Lego, Kidtoon Movies ($3.50 very kid friendly movies and same price for concession stand), the day is done – and so is their entertainment.
  5. You realize who your friends are. Ain’t that the truth? I have heard “friends” who heard the news saying they will call, and never do. I have had “friends” call once just tell me to check if I qualify for foodstamps or WIC. I have been conveniently left out of events. I have friends who see me get review samples and ask me clearly to give it to them (ahem people there is no such thing as free or spare products). I have been to events and the conversation dies (a horrid death) when they find out that hubby is still unemployed (it used to die when they found out I was a SAHM). But then… I have friends who sent me checks, just in case. I have friends who turned up at my home with my kids favorite drinks and snacks (even though they had lost their job too). I had friends who created celebratory meal, since we could not celebrate festivals, and turned up at my door surprising us. I had friends who dropped off grocery items at my home, without asking.
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8 Comments

  1. 1
    Lauralee Hensley says:

    I have empathy for you. There was one time when me and hubby were both unemployed at the same time, and we had alot of bills from lots of stuff that went on. Well, needless to say we burned up the retirement account just to stay afloat and not declare bankruptcy.
    I stay at home now because of a genetic nerve condition, but can’t seem to get the doctor’s to help me get on social security. They aren’t living with this condition, so I don’t think they truly understand it.
    You truly have my prayers and understanding. The only people that stuck by me in my time of need, emotionally was a fellow nurse who was not working because she had gotten her back hurt at work and was fighting with workmens comp., and also my younger sister helped emotionally and financially at times.
    People ought to realize, but for the Grace of God there go I. Which mean, it could happen to them.
    I know that when me and hubby were doing better financially that we were giving food to people in need, cash sometimes too. We gave to alot of charities. We can’t give to charities now, other than church because our budget can’t handle it.
    We’re hoping for a warm winter here in Colorado so that we won’t have to pay for another propane refill on our tank. Yet, it’s snowing and has been since yesterday, so I don’t know if that’s an indication of the kind of winter we will have.
    I think there is no shame in asking churches around where you live if they are giving out food baskets for Christmas, and if they are to ask that your name be put on the list if possible. If you have certain foods you won’t eat, just let them know, most churches are great that way.
    I don’t consider that begging, because you have a need and churches want to help fill the needs of people in their congregations and their communities. At least they are suppose to, if they follow their religious teachings.
    Hang in there. May the creator see your need and give you a guiding hand to the places you and your family members need to be, to have the needs meet.
    If you send Holiday cards, I think there’s no reason you can’t job hunt network through them either. You can just write that your husband is still looking for work in such and such areas of industry/business and that any leads on any available jobs,from Name of Family you’re sending card to, would be a great gift that would be
    appreciated a life time. That let’s the other person know you’re need and that you’re not looking for a handout, but just information on other areas where to look for work.
    Hope this helps.

  2. 2

    #’s 1, 3, 4, and definitely 5 have been my experience since my sudden hearing loss & disability. Tight situations will cause you to go into survival mode in many aspects of your life. And sometimes, it can actually be fun. Your positive spin on a hairy situation, is just what our children need to see in us as parents. That teaches them not to crumble when things are not ideal.

  3. 3

    Interesting Friday 5. You’ve made me think about the times I’ve thrown coupons away. I’m going home to start a coupon drawer. And my family definitely needs to stop eating out so much. Maybe my midsection won’t be so round if I cooked more. Keep Posting!

  4. 4

    Wish we lived closer my friend. We could stay positive together. :-)

  5. 5

    You are so right! When I first stopped working due to health problems and began a 3-yr wait for my SS, it was rough!. I’m thinking good thoughts for you!

  6. 6
    Al_Pal says:

    We’ve been underemployed for a long time, so can definitely ID with 1-4, #5 is a little different for us, since so many of our friends are in the same boat, or artists, etc — our community is not a corporate-driven one! ;p

    Great post.

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    Debbie W. says:

    I also work part-time. I would prefer full time, but that’s the way it is.
    In some ways it’s hard to crunch the numbers at the end of the month, but I do find my time spent at home is more creative, and appreciated by my family.
    I guess some sacrifices are worth it.

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