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May 12th, 2020 at 08:14 pm

Hi All-

I hope you are all well. My husband and I have been at home since March 17 with little physical contact with the outside world. DS#2 who lives with us is still working. Our town's tally of deaths due to COVID is somewhere in the 40 range and closer to 700 in the positive cases. We live in a blue collar immigrant community with many people working in factories and crowded living arrangements. Needless to say, our town has been hit hard. Frown

On a bright note, we've been keeping in touch with friends and family via Zoom and Google Meet. We have laughed a lot and that's comforting. We are almost at week #3 since our last grocery haul, but we will have to shop soon. Home heating oil price per gallon is also down. We filled our tank the other day for less than $400, a first for us. I've also continue funding my Roth IRA and putting some money aside in savings.

I've also accepted a new job for the next school year. I'm going to give it a shot one more time. We are committed to remain consumer debt free despite the significant increase in income. If anything we will use the added income for home improvements and travel. I'm going to have a positive attitude, but I will not stay beyond the contract commitment if I feel that it's not where I want to be. My husband had a difficult time coming to terms with the reduction of income last year when I left my job. We have learned to live on a lot less income and we can do it again if necessary.

Please stay safe and well SA family.

2 Responses to “Update”

  1. Wink Says:

    Congratulations on the new job! I hope it isn't too stressful. Take care!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Congrats on the new job. Hope it works out well.

    Our death toll is at 17 so far. However, I think people are getting tired of being at home. A bar at a small town near us decided to go against the governor's order and opened up and was flooded with people without masks and social distancing. I worry that will raise our county's numbers.

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