Unemployed And Couponing

I am unemployed with a Masters Degree. I am overqualified and find myself practically begging for an admin job. I'm currently in the middle of changing careers so I'll be going to school (yet again) to become a nurse. I went to the division of labor and took classes so that I could become a CNA but i was pushed towards being a Patient Care Technician, with the promise of a better paying job. I asked if I might be able to use that certification to be a CNA and I was assured I could. Three months later, I got all the certifications and found out, nope, I can't do CNA work even though it was covered in my class. I see lots of CNA jobs available and only two Patient Care Technician jobs available. Its a great disappointment but I try not to let it get to me. For awhile I was doing work as a Home Health Aide and that was great but due to an unforeseen event, my assignment has ended. I'm still waiting on another assignment from the agency and I hope it comes soon.

I am miserable at the fact that I find myself in this predicament. I did all the things I was supposed to do and it just hasn't worked out for me. Plus, I'm getting married in the fall and I worry about that too. I don't want to be a burden on my future husband. We always work together as a team. But I don't want to have to depend on him financially. I want to stand on my own two feet. I don't like having to depend on the government for financial assistance but its what I have to do at this point. I've signed up with numerous temp agencies, job search engines and such. But what can I do? Employers don't want me because I'm overqualified. Employers don't want me because I haven't worked in a while. I've never felt so unwanted in my entire life! I try not to post my daily misery on Facebook but today I couldn't help it. There's a stigma that goes along with being unemployed. I see the look that people give me sometimes and I have to keep reminding myself that I am not the only one in this. There are plenty of others like me who are going through the same thing. So then why do I feel so alone in this?

Over the past couple of years, I've taken up the use of coupons. Call me cheap, call me an extreme couponer, whatever. It's completely saved me and preserved my finances to the point where my future husband no longer has to worry about necessities that normally cost an arm and a leg to buy. Last Christmas, I practically had nothing to give my family. So the summer before that, I started couponing, getting freebies and winning a few contests. By the time Christmas rolled around, I was able to give my family goodie bags full of items. Lots of expensive name-brand items that they use on a regular basis. I was so happy to be able to give them something because they have given me so much. As I mentioned earlier I am getting married and you better believe that I'm using the same tactics in order to save money and give people a lot of stuff.

Yesterday, I was on line at the grocery store and the cashier asked me if I was an extreme couponer. She asked this because I paid 5.00 for: 4 Ocean Spray half-gallon juices, 2 packs of Ocean Spray Sparklers and 1 bag of detergent pods using coupons and reusable bags. I smiled and told her that because I'm on a budget and will be going to school, I have to save money somehow. She told me I was smart and that it was a good way to shop. On my way out I looked that my shopping bill. As I said, i paid 5.00 for 7 items. I saved myself 25.00.
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1 Response May 22, 2012

I am also currently unemployed and feeling the pain. The table will turn, I just want it to turn right now.