A Week As A Student In Texas On A $7,000 Income

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Day One

1:30 p.m. — Finally get home, shower, walk my dog, and go hang out with my friends. We head to the neighborhood volleyball courts and stay six feet apart. I have been around the people at my job, my family, and my five friends since March and none of us have tested positive, so we are very blessed!!!!

6 p.m. — I head home to eat dinner with my family. I’m in charge of cooking tonight. I make açai bowls, chicken nuggets, and Annie’s mac and cheese. I am terrible at cooking and feel so bad for my future husband and kids — whoops. After dinner, I look at my investments, watch Netflix and TikTok, and fall asleep.

Day Two

8 a.m. — I’m up and at ’em since I’m working 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the country club.

8 p.m. — I leave work to head to my friend’s house for a bit. I pick up my friend’s Chik-fil-A order on my way. They pay me back in cash when I get there. I only stay at my friend’s house for an hour. I am so tired and head home and immediately fall asleep.

Day Three

12:30 p.m. — I head off to the nanny the kids. I’ll be here all night and into the morning, which will be exhausting, but I love these kiddos. When I get there, the oldest and I make slime and eat a late lunch. Then, I wake the littles up from their naps. We do crafts, bubbles, puzzles, and play Just Dance on the Wii.

5 p.m. — The seven-year-old reads while I put the other two in a playpen to make dinner. After dinner, it’s bath and bedtime for the kids. After they’re asleep, I settle in for what I know is going to be a long night.

1 a.m. — The baby wakes up crying. I try to get her to go back to sleep, but no dice. I sit with her until she falls asleep.

2 a.m. — The baby finally goes back to sleep — it is a miracle. I tuck myself in and try to get some sleep before the kids all wake up.

Day Four

6 a.m. — Well I’m awake. All three kids are up and begging for breakfast. I make eggs and smoothies for the older kid and bottles for the babies. Once they all wake up, there is no going back to sleep so I use the last of my energy to entertain them throughout the morning.

1 p.m. — I finally head home from nannying. I am exhausted. I get home, shower, and fall asleep until dinner.

Day Five

7:30 a.m. — I wake up and head off to another 12-hour shift at the country club. I pack two sandwiches, apples and peanut butter, grapes, blueberries, a granola bar, and two cookies so I should hopefully have enough food to get me through the day.

Day Six

7 a.m. — I get up and get dressed before heading out to nanny. On my way over, I pick up groceries for the family. The mom pays me back in cash as soon as I get there. I’m only here till noon today, so a pretty easy day. The kiddos are angels this morning and I am reminded why I love this job so much. ($160.80 expensed)

11 a.m. — I spoke too soon. This day has taken a serious turn for the worst. Two toy trucks have been thrown at my face by the two-year-old, the baby won’t nap, and the seven-year-old hates me because I won’t let her watch another episode of her favorite show. I’m ready for the parents to come home.

7 p.m. — I finish off with work and head straight to the gym. I run two miles then do ten minutes of abs.

8:30 p.m. — I finally head home. I eat leftovers for dinner, play with my dog, shower, and fall asleep in bed as soon as my head hits the pillow.

Day Seven

9 a.m. — I wake up and head to the baseball field nearby to watch the team my brother coaches. Spectators are allowed as long as we wear masks. It is so good to see my brother out there doing what he loves!

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