It's no surprise that the most basic personal finance plan is to decrease expenses and increase income.
Well, I have been looking for ways to make money while working on my own time. Obviously this is the classic "be your own boss" situation, but it's a little more than that to me.
I have a college degree and a part time job that takes up my whole life. I've been trying to get my finger in a lot of pots so I can hopefully get a full time job when one becomes available and that means I do a lot more than I get paid for.
Therefore, I have been working on a few different things: 1) Sell all the junk I have. I read an article recently on Frugally Sustainable about how to get the most out of consignment shops. This is my goal for spring break when it comes to the 16 months worth of baby stuff I have. I also want to get rid of a lot of my books.
5) Finance individual large trips. I am planning a 10 day backpacking trip the beginning of August. As I said above I am planning on just taking classes and not working. Therefore, I am going to work a 2 week summer program at work to finance this trip.
6) Keep my options open. Though I have a job for next year, it is still a part time job. I'm not giving it up unless I get a lot better offer, because I love where I work now, but I can't possibly find that better offer if I don't look. Therefore, I applied for a graduate assistantship for the fall, have a few full time interviews in process, and am still going to apply to more schools. Constantly looking for new opportunities is a better plan than waiting for something to fall in your lap.