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Workforce Assistance

October 13th, 2011 at 02:27 pm

This morning, I am headed off to the Goodwill Workforce Assistance programme. Since I lost my job and my wife has yet to start her job, I have to attend this program until either, a) my wife starts work, or b) I start school. Most likely, it will be that my wife will start work soon, as she should be going in to sign papers by the end of this week.

The Goodwill Workforce Assistance programme sounds like a great one. They will assist with:
Clothing for interviews
Gas vouchers
Resume building
Job searching

My wife's father went thru the programme and - while it was dull and boring - he said it was quite helpful.

I will let you all know how it goes.

Also happening today:
Picking up baby wipes for the little one. Going a little over our budget for the month. Since we got the Chase Freedom credit card (which we pay off twice per month, and use exactly like a debit card), it seems as though we have gotten off-track somehow, as - when I was employed - I have been paying some of the remaining balance on the card with the next paycheck, rather than the current one like planned. So, somehow, somewhere, we are spending too much. This has to be taken a hold of.

On a happier note, with our Chase rewards points, we ordered:
Bodum Chambord 8-Cup French Press Coffeemaker
Bodum Assam Tea Press - Black
Bodum Anywhere 8-Oz. Travel Mug - Green
Bodum Anywhere 8-Oz. Travel Mug - Black

Sweet! We have been wanting to drink more tea, and now we can! Also, a French press makes coffee far superior to that of any automated methods (sans the super expensive machine, possibly). We can't wait! Smile

Also, take a look over to the left column. See that Personal Loan @ 15% that has a remaining balance of $546? We will be paying that off with savings once the wife secures her position. While we would rather not take from savings for this, it is a must-do if we are to survive on a lower income.

And last, but indubitably not least, today I will be selling a part of our previous computer that took a poop on us. So far, we have sold over $250 worth of items. However, I did end up losing $8 on two of the shipments, because shipping was far more than I was quoted. I will make a post after I've sold and shipped everything to analyze the actual net earnings from all the items.

Wish us well!

Stay Frügal

6 Responses to “Workforce Assistance”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Good luck with the program. Any and all free assistance available to you while you transition is a good thing!

  2. Frügal Says:

    I was quite impressed with the services that are offered at the Workforce Programme. They help with résumé and cover letters, skills training, work training (such as getting your CNA, pre-truck driving trainer, etc.), typing classes, interview training, etc. Vouchers for interview clothing, gas, etc. They are very helpful. They also referenced another organization that helps with paying rent and other utilities.

    I won't be attending this class for long, as the wife is getting employment, and I should get Unemployment Insurance (I say 'should' because you never know when it's one guy vs. a company). I start school in the Spring semester also (January).

    I was allowed to leave early, but I stayed, because it is good information to know about. And because I wanted to see what 'the system' had to offer. I am so used to the negatives about our 'system', like some of Health & Welfare's BS. It is nice knowing, though, that most people have to attend this Workforce Programme in order to maintain Food Stamp assistance (which is why I was told I had to go). Still, some people find loop holes and what-not, but that's another topic. Wink

    I think I may be the only blogger on this site that gets assistance. Haha. I feel strange, sort of, about that.

  3. jewels3 Says:

    I have to say I'm impressed with your good attitude about it all. There's nothing wrong in getting assistance if you need it. We have been there. Just from reading your other posts I know you will bounce back quickly.

  4. Frügal Says:

    @jewels3 Thank you! We are trying. We were quite taken aback and pretty devastated about all of this. But, hey! What're you gonna do? This. This is what we are gonna do. (Hint: things mentioned on this blog). Haha.

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    Good luck with the program.

    Just a note. I am not a parent myself, but I know other parents that make their own baby wipes really cheap using a recipe with baby wash, paper towels, and oil. There are recipes online.

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