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First week in my new job - so far so good!

January 22nd, 2012 at 05:06 pm

I just started a new job within the same company at another location, after the old location closed.

So far it is pretty nice. There are a lot of similarities with the old job but there is enough that is new and different to keep me well stimulated.

I got very lucky in that the first few problems I was assigned were right up my alley, so I was able to help and also help transfer some of my skills to other people to help them contribute. All in all, very satisfying.

The main downside is the distance - for now I am commuting a VERY long distance. I need to figure out how I am going to handle that.

On the finance side, I was able to keep a nice salary and benefits, but with the added commuting costs it is a minor net loss, especially when compared to how bad it could have been. So I need to cut costs NOW! Hence, I am back here! I am spending today cutting down my ever-present stack of mail! Two things I need to do immediately are refinance some CC debt to 0% and renegotiate my cable bill and get rid of my landline.

4 Responses to “First week in my new job - so far so good!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Great plans for cutting expenses. I have seen quite a few 0% offers out there, so it is possible. I think there is a Discover offer that offers to transfer for no fee. Worth looking for!

  2. patientsaver Says:

    Is there anyone at work you can carpool with? also, at least in my state, there are several organizations that match up people who want to carpool. Maybe something like that where you live.

  3. Ralph Says:

    Patientsaver, yes, I started carpooling with a guy from Day 1, and it is working pretty well so far. It is a bit of an adjustment for me since I was so used to my short and easy commute, but it is definitely worth it not to have to drive every day.

    creditcardfree, I am just about now ready to pull the trigger on a Capital One 0% offer on an existing account with no balance on it, but there is a 3% fee. I do have a bunch of Discover offers laying around, but I think they are for a new account. I just tried to pull one of my credit reports today, and I thought I might also spring for the additional to get my credit rating. With the amount of Student Loans that I have co-signed, I am getting concerned about maxing out my credit.

  4. Jerry Says:

    I was going to suggest the carpool, as well... it's not a perfect solution, although it will help with the financial hit that a longer commute leads to, but there is no insurance against the time that you lose on the road each day. Still, it's better than being without a job, and great that you could stay with the same company! Continued good luck with the new location...
    Jerry

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