SO, many of you know that things are always tight for me. We live within our means. We do splurge a little at tax time, and maybe eat a pizza more often than we should. But I did go to school, get a degree, and have years of experience in my field. Not to sound entitled, but I think it's okay to enjoy the fruits of my labor on occasion. Anyways, instead of always saying woe is me, I'm ready to do something about it. I applied for a few jobs today. Left work early due to the toaster incident so figured I'd make use of my time. The two I applied for today didn't say what the wages would be, but if they aren't better I wouldn't take them. One was actually almost a step down from what I do, a more simplified version. It would be working for a hospital helping the patients apply for state medical assistance benefits. Like I said, that is a way simpler version of what I do. But I am hoping my experience could lead me into better position. It is listed as an entry level position, so I think it probably has better levels. Plus, it's for a hospital so there has to at least be room to move around. My job is stagnant...no where to go at all. I did get a raise last pay period that works out to about an extra $50 per month bring home. But that doesn't even really keep up with inflation. So, wish me luck. We'll see what happens. Biggest thing for me is that I REALLY like what I do. I mean, I love it. I really don't want to leave. But I really don't want my wife to have to work. And frankly, I should be making more. Right now my house is on a reduced tax program. We only pay property tax on the land but not the structure. When that expires in 2 years, what we will be taxed on will go up drastically. heck, I'm not embarrassed. Our land is assessed at $15K, the building is about $45K. So yeah, the taxes aren't going to be too nice. And I'm in the city, so the school district stinks, and the neighborhood is only so-so. Added to what we pay for our daughter's tuition, things are going to get too tight. Like, undoable. And our youngest will start Kindergarten the same year our taxes go up. So, now double tuition.... So, figure I might as well start looking now. Biggest thing for me is I only have an Associate's Degree, and most decent jobs want a Bachelor's. And I went to one of those "business schools" so very few real colleges will take my credits. We did just get a community college type program here where I could get another Associate's degree in a similar field, like Social Work, which may help. But I already have $20K in student loans I can't afford to pay back. I am not giving up, something will work out. Just not really sure what to do. We haven't completely ruled out relocating, but we are hesitant.