Mine is so boring it’s not even on his list.
I work at Kohl’s.
I started working there in October, 2014, very shortly after my second wedding (btw, I find it hilarious that my retail career has lasted longer than that marriage).
There’s no doubt that both were difficult. However, one clearly had more benefits than the other to outweigh the misery. The other I divorced.
Retail work is no joke. Many times I’ve declared that I’d kill myself if I had to work retail as my “real” job. The customers are ridiculously demanding and rude, and the employees are generally unmotivated and often immature. The turnover is outrageous, almost including me a few months ago.
When I started, I was making $8.15 an hour.
I can’t tell you how many times I looked at my paycheck and thought, “There’s no way this is worth it.”
Today, I’ve worked my way up to $9.55 an hour. Still not a lot.
Between my two jobs, I’ve worked many 70+ hour weeks. Once I worked every day for 3 months. I’ve worked holidays and missed so much time with friends and family. Every one of them hates that I work there. And I have no doubt it was a contributing factor to my failed second marriage.
But despite all of that, it has helped provide a means to do what I set out to do: pay down debt.
Over the last 3 years, I have earned over $25,000 working at Kohl’s.
It has helped me pay off 3 Parent Plus loans.
It paid my son’s rent the entire time he was at college.
It has paid for several amazing vacations.
It has contributed to my retirement savings by about $1,500 so far (5% company match).
I’ve made a lot of friends that I’ve kept even though most of them have moved on.
Aside from the obvious fantastic discounts (I wish I’d kept track of is how much I’ve spent at Kohl’s since I started working there – ugh!), those are the real reasons why I’m glad I took the job and why I keep it today.
If you don’t already have a side hustle because you think it won’t earn enough money to be worthwhile, you really need to reconsider. Looking at the big picture helps. Earning a few hundred extra bucks a month might not seem like it would matter, but $25,000 over a few years? Hell, yes.
Excuse me while I scrounge around for some extra shifts, please.