Personal Finance Links – New Job Edition

by Andy Hough on October 7, 2012

This week I finally managed to land a job as an attorney. I interviewed on Monday and started on Tuesday. I’m working for a solo attorney in a small town in southwest Missouri. The job is somewhat like a paid internship. The pay isn’t great, but the experience will be valuable.

The next couple of weeks are going to be crazy. I will still be working my weekend job for a while longer since I wanted to give them proper notice and I didn’t think it would be fair to leave so soon after they trained me. Luckily, my new employer is flexible enough to allow me to still work weekends.

Unfortunately, my van living will be coming to and end. The town I will be working in is way too small to be able to keep my van living secret and I don’t think my employer would approve. Also, since I will be commuting between KC and southwest Missouri for the next few weeks a more economical vehicle would be a better choice. In the next couple of weeks I’ll be looking for a new vehicle and an apartment. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

Here are some blog posts from the past week or so that I liked:

5 Ways Being a Stay at Home Parent Saves You Money at I Heart Budgets.

Building Momentum in Personal Finance at The College Investor.

5 Health Related Things I Learned by Working at Home from 36 Months.

How to Save Money and Not Spend $300k While Raising a Child from Frugal Rules.


Going Unprocessed at Poor to Rich a Day at a Time.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 John S @ Frugal Rules October 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Thanks for the mention! Congrats on the new job as well!

2 Poor to Rich a Day at a Time October 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Thanks for the Mention and Congrats on the Job!

Too bad there is not a national forest a little out of town you could “hide out” on! But yeah small towns means folks know what you are doing before you do! LOL From what I can see though , Missouri is fairly cheap in rent from many other areas???? That would be a bonus 🙂

3 Kim October 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Congratulations! Nice to be able to keep the sleeping job a bit longer too!

4 Marissa @ Thirtysixmonths October 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Congrats! I’m excited for you! What kind of car are you thinking of?

5 The College Investor October 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for the mention this week and congrats!

6 Melissa October 8, 2012 at 7:54 am

Congrats on the job! Sounds like you have a busy few weeks ahead of you.

7 Kurt @ Money Counselor October 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

Great news Andy, congratulations.

8 WorkSaveLive October 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

Congrats on getting the job Andy! So glad to hear that something has finally come through for you. Making the drive from KC each weekend won’t be ideal but hopefully it’s just for a few weeks!

9 Steve Irwin October 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Congratulations on your new job.

10 Andy Hough October 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

You’re welcome and Thanks!

11 Andy Hough October 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

It should not be a problem to find a cheap place to rent. Rent is pretty cheap in Missouri and it is even cheaper in this small town.

12 Andy Hough October 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Yes, it will be nice to keep the sleeping job even though it will mean a lot of driving.

13 Andy Hough October 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I’ve had good luck with Toyotas so that will be my first choice. I have relatives with a used car lot that I usually buy my cars from. What I end up buying depends on what they have available.

14 Andy Hough October 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm


15 Andy Hough October 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

The next few weeks will be busy. Since I’m used to having lots of free time this will be an adjustment.

16 Andy Hough October 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Thanks, Kurt.

17 Andy Hough October 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I don’t really mind the drive, it is paying for the gas that will be a pain.

18 Andy Hough October 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Thanks. I was sorry to hear that the casino you were working at closed. Hope you find something else soon.

19 Steve Irwin October 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Yes, that part of my career is over. Now I will go back to playing full time as a player. I wish my bankroll hadn’t taken a hit with house and car repairs. Bad timing.

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