When one of the two breadwinners in your household loses his job (because his position was eliminated for financial reasons), you try to focus on the positives. Because even though we rely on both of our incomes to make ends meet, when Mike lost his job recently, there were definitely worse scenarios we could have imagined.
- It sucks to have to leave your job on someone else's terms.
- He gets full pay for a couple months. HUGE pro! We're saving what we can in that time.
- If he's not employed by the end of that time, he will hopefully be eligible for enough unemployment to buy us a little more time.
- We pulled Mo out of daycare for the time being, and that means she gets to spend time with Dad, who can do the fun things that (most) stay-at-home parents do with their kids!
- Our daycare was incredibly understanding, offering to hold her spot for as long as possible. And also offering hourly care as needed if/when Mike has interviews.
- We've been pretty good about our budget lately, so it was easy to identify some temporary changes we could make.
- I participated in a poverty simulation recently, and yeah, it could be a hell of a lot worse!
All that said, we are still a little nervous. I mean we have no reason not to believe that everything will work out fine. For the better, even. But there's just no telling. We pretty much need for Mike to get a job equivalent to or better than the one he left, at least in terms of pay and benefits. Unless we want to sell our house. Or go to jail for not paying our student loans. Pretty sure you go to jail for that.
We're not interested in relocating, but if you happen to have any connections or job leads in West Michigan, please let me know! Mike comes from the food industry (not just cooking, not just restaurants), but is open to career changes if an opportunity presents itself.
Also, bonus Mo photo. Monus photo? Bonus Moto? Monus Moto? No.