Jobs vs Volunteer Work

Just between you and me, I really do not like the husband\’s part-time job.  It\’s 28 hours a week. We were in the retirement groove and now I feel discombobulated. I won\’t say anything yet because he is thrilled about it. He gets his first paycheck tomorrow. 

This job is for all his  \”must-have\” purchases so we don\’t have to use our other household account. 

  1. He wants to make 2 car payments a month. That\’s good! 
  2. He wants to purchase that tent for our tent trailer now. Just too hot to go camping and it will take 10 weeks. 
  3. He wants a belt grinder. 
  4. He wants a hedge trimmer with a pole. 
  5. He wants to enlarge his work shed and wood is expensive. 
  6. He might need more tools. 
  7. Plus we will be saving out of that account for an Alaskan cruise. 
  8. It will also be for going out to nice dinners and such. 

Gee, it sounds like it will be $pent after he gets all he wants. 

That\’s all fine with me – I don\’t want to disrupt my budget with extra money and then when he quits, we have to learn to live within our means again. I want him to get all those things he wants and we don\’t have to pay for it out of the general household budget. He just is different than me. He likes to shop and buy and I like to save money. We were doing fine without this job. He just didn\’t like having to wait to make a big purchase. When he wants something, he pretty much wants it now. There is nothing I want or need in this time of my life. 

I\’ll benefit from the extra money but it still makes no difference to me. It would have benefited me more if he worked during the day a couple days a week. NOPE! He works after dinner till midnight. I\’m pooped by the time he goes to work – I\’m not getting things done like I had hoped for.  He likes it so he can still do things around the house. 

I don\’t see him working past a year. His hours would have to change. 


We heard that the Veterans Home will be starting up volunteers soon. That\’s fun and I am looking forward to getting back there, once to twice a week.

 I was thinking about doing CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for children. It takes a 1-year commitment and right now, I don\’t know if I can do that if we are planning a cruise next year. Maybe in a few months, I will get a better handle on my life. I believe I would be perfect for it. I spent 29 years, with other people\’s children. I ran my own daycare business for 16 years and I was a nanny for 12+ years. With more training, which they give, I believe I have the heart and the passion for these children. I always have. Plus it makes me think of my niece and nephew who I am not allowed to see – maybe I can find a way to understand it more. 

I\’ve always wanted to try out for our county\’s grand jury.  That also takes a one-year commitment plus it\’s 20-30 hours a week.  Maybe I can do that at another time. I have a friend who was on the grand jury a few years ago and she enjoyed it. You wouldn\’t be doing it for the pay – California only pays $15 a day plus mileage. No wonder no one wants to be a juror. 

None of these volunteer opportunities need to be done today or tomorrow or even this year. These are just the types of volunteering I would find most enjoyable. 

8 thoughts on “Jobs vs Volunteer Work

  1. Anonymous June 24, 2021 / 10:55 pm

    Well, you've got lots of options in the volunteer field. You're a better person than me willing to work with a bunch of *shiver* kids. *lol* I couldn't take it. I miss working for our local Food Pantry. Kinda got shoved out when a new person took over. She is one of those over achievers and proceeded to change everything really fast. Made it all complicated. I felt lost, so, politely decided to not continue but I do miss it.I really like the idea of making two car payments a month! Good idea. I pay more principal. Guess that works the same way. At least I get out of debt sooner.I hope everything works out well for y'all.Blessings. xx


  2. Anonymous June 24, 2021 / 11:30 pm

    Yes, it's nice that he is willing to work for the extra money, but I wouldn't like those hours either.Those are some interesting volunteer opportunities.


  3. Anonymous June 25, 2021 / 4:48 am

    I have thought of being a CASA worker after I retire in a few years myself. I always enjoyed being with my niece and nephews when they were kids. I think it would be kind of like that.


  4. Anonymous June 25, 2021 / 11:06 pm

    I seldom ever need to grind my belts?


  5. Anonymous June 26, 2021 / 1:07 am

    Some people feel the need to work, not always because they need the money and if that is the case they should volunteer


  6. Anonymous June 29, 2021 / 12:07 am

    The food pantry is fun and I got a lot of satisfaction but they are usually the more popular place to volunteer. Waiting list to get on at food pantry's.


  7. Anonymous June 29, 2021 / 12:09 am

    Ha. Yeah I didn't know what the heck it was until he told me.


  8. Anonymous June 29, 2021 / 12:09 am

    One can always use extra money – especially with this inflation we are in.


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