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Financial Fitness Update & Oregon Trip Summary

August 7th, 2011 at 02:04 pm

Well, we had a wonderful trip to the Oregon coast this past week. It was absolutely beautiful! We took over 700 pictures with our Fujifilm S1800, and enjoyed the company of family, as well as our little one's firsts! First time at the beach, first road trip, and first tooth! Uh oh! She did so well on the road trip. Our last night, however, her first tooth cut and she was not a happy camper. Still did exceptionally well!

Our last day there, we spent in Portland. Oh my! Portland is most definitely our destination of future dwelling! It was already on our minds before we went - but now, there is absolutely no comparison!

In fact, we are so bored by our hometown now, that we are finding it hard to leave the house, even though we dread the house so much. We have to go get diapers today, but cannot figure out what else to do. It's tragic! This place is horrid. Ick!

On the way home from the trip, I got a speeding ticket. Ah! The one time I wished we had cruise control in our car. I should not have been speeding, but alas, I was. $287 ticket! Worst part is that my teenage speeding tickets are dropping off this year. And now this! Grr! Guess insurance will be going up... Might call to find out how much.

As for finances... Before we left for our trip, my Chase Freedom card came in the mail. We used it all throughout the trip and did quite well. Should earn quite a bit of reward points. However, somehow between tracking the transactions and some transactions pending, I am off on my math by about $300. We budgeted $381 for the trip. Came over by $11. That makes $392. That should leave $108 on my tiny credit limit. But it shows $148 and I cannot find the transactions that are missing. So, I am waiting for the bill to come in before I spend anything out-of-budget.

Also, I am looking at going back to college. I want to become a Registered Nurse. However, there are not many options here. I want to get my Associates first, so that I may start working sooner, and then get my BS via a RN-BSN bridge program. The only schools in Boise that offers an Associates are Carrington College (a for-profit school) and College of Western Idaho. The difference in tuition is about $10,000! Carrington is probably quicker, as it pumps out students like no tomorrow and has no wait list, but CWI is probably better, as the local university (BSU) accepts graduates of CWI for their RN-BSN program. Also, Carrington would be very difficult to attend while working as well.

So many things to consider! It is getting quite stressful!

6 Responses to “Financial Fitness Update & Oregon Trip Summary”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Can't you go online to Chase's website and look up what you've spent? You should be able to track down the missing transaction that way.

  2. anon-y-mouse Says:

    I lived in Oregon (Portland/Beaverton) for six years. We left do to the economy. I would check out your job prospects in Portland before moving since cost-of-living is much higher than Boise.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, did you get a chance to go to Podnah's while in Portland? Did you like it if you did?

  4. uRabbit Says:

    @LuckyRobin Yes, I have gone on and looked, but some are missing. "/

    @anon-y-mouse Have looked into it, and spoken to nurses on all-nurses.com. It seems that, despite what the BLS.gov web site has to say, nursing jobs are not recession-proof and are a bit scarce for new grads wherever you go. I plan on staying here for a while to earn some experience, and then hopefully find a position in Portland. Have found a few there that I would qualify by that time. Though, things can always change!

  5. uRabbit Says:

    No, unfortunately. We were unable to do dinner in Portland, as we had our miniature schnauzer and our baby with us. Was hot outside for the dog and baby was toofing.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    If you are open to other parts of the country, you might check elsewhere. I know here in Central Illinois, there appears to be a shortage of RN's and hospitals hire them immediately. A friend of ours left our town and got a job immediately in the northern part of Illinois when she moved to marry.

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