New Marriage, New Jobs?

Caleb and his wife are considering part-time jobs to get out of debt, but they're newlyweds. Should he get another job for weekends and nights?

QUESTION: Caleb in Cleveland and his wife are considering part-time jobs to get out of debt. Caleb is attending school part-time and working full-time. His wife works part-time and can get an additional 11 hours each week. She’s about to start clinicals in the fall. Should he get another job for weekends and nights?

ANSWER: I think your new marriage is very important, and you’re very wise to be thinking that way. The thing is this. If you turn off the television, you find a lot of hours. I don’t think the television is the devil or something. It just takes up a lot of time. You’ve got to balance things out, and you’ve got to think through what your goals are. You’ve got to fight through your goals together. The trick is can she get a better part-time job? Can you get better jobs? Can you get a better part-time job so you’re making more progress? Because you don’t want to stay in debt either. How are we going to balance that out? You work like no one else so later you get to work like no one else. You’ve just kind of got to measure it and decide what number of hours you can spend. But her job’s not very good. She could probably do a little better.

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