I have decided to go back to school...

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I have decided to go back to school...
Thu, 07-31-2003 - 5:27pm
SO I will be going to part time at work and going to school full time. I will finish in 4 years or less with a BS in Business Management. I have two jobs and my other employer requested that I complete my degree. They will pay $1000 per year.

SO I am going to have to cut lots of costs and plan 2 meals a day away for me. Really snacks between classes.

Have any of you done this before and what are your tips.

I do have 4 kids ages 4,5, 8, 10.



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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 9:54pm
I only had one child when I went back to college. He was 3-6 yo during my college program. I was a single mom then.

But I wasn't working during that time. I think you should plan on it being stressful!!! You will need to be super organized, especially with your child-care arrangements.

Will you be in night school and working p/t days, or the reverse? Will you have good, solid support on the home front to pull the load on laundry, cooking and the kids, or is it just you?

If you can pack a lunch bag filled with a sandwich and plenty of finger foods, then that will help you to avoid buying at the cafeteria.

One thing I remember about my 3 yrs in college- it went very fast!! So always look for the light at the end of the tunnel! Take care. Louanne

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 8:14am
I decided to go back last Spring with only one class, it was very challenging with the daycare situation and hectic on us as a family. I work full-time and am planning on changing careers, so it was especially stressful not having support from my job (I am oncall a lot). Then this summer I decided to take one class to get ahead... wow 3 nights a week.. I could barely see straight at the end of the 4 weeks. The big problem was again the daycare, which thankfully my mom said she would watch the girls two nights out of 3, and the last DH would be at home. The running around was so tiring. Drive to here, then back, then pick them up, then back home. I guess my point is, make sure you get the childcare thing taken care of starting now--so you are less stressed out about it at the first week of class. I have a class this fall that is at a campus close to the house, but our occassional babysitter is busy that night--ugh! so I'm still trying to figure that one out...

About saving money.. books can be very expensive. If you get to the bookstore before the freshman arrive oncampus.. you'll have a better chance (and it will be less crowded) to get used books. On the meals.. how about taking a mini-soft cooler with your drink and sandwich? or cheese/crackers? yogurt? you can add a little 'blue ice' and you'll be ready to go.

Good luck, although it is a lot of planning, going back and doing what you've always wanted is definitely worth it!

--Vicki in VA

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 1:43pm
That is so awesome that you are going back to school!!!! I am a mommy of 4 also with a year left for my ba in family science. The hardest thing for me frugally has been going to eat fast food between classes :( so I say bring snacks like crackers fruit ect in a bag to munch on during or after class. also taking out student loans isnt frugal but....with a college degree you will earn alot more.
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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 2:48pm
Good for you! Congrats! I am always so happy to hear of other moms doing things for themselves and getting their own life back. I have two kids under 3 and sometimes I feel I'll never have a life again. You give me hope! LOL

Do you mean you'll have to bring two meals with you? Or you'll have to provide the kids two meals while you're gone?

Most colleges have microwaves available in their classroom buildings, so you'll have to check that out as one option. If that was available, you could easily just bring an insulated lunchbag with some leftovers. Antoher way to eat something other than sandwiches (altho I LOVE sandwiches! -g-) is to get a thermos and put soup or another hot dish in there. Bring along some bread and fruit and that's a darn good meal on the run.

Also things like cheese and crackers, pasta salad, fruit w/ peanut butter, cold pizza, even dry cereal in a bowl and buy a little milk from the vending machine. You have tons of options! Just be sure to have a little something with you in your backpack at all times (like an apple or granola bar), because otherwise you'll be too tempted to get fastfood or something not so good for you or your wallet. :)


cl-lfbennett @ Frugal Living

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 3:38pm
Good luck to you! I've been attending school full-time and working part-time for 2 years now and will graduate in May (BS in child and family development). It hasn't been easy but I find it very fullfilling educating myself. I've made a lot of friends, even though I'm older than the majority of them. I try and pack a light snack with me but I also schdule my classes back to back so I can't run off to buy fast food. What do you have lined up for childcare? 2 of mine attend an on-campus preschool while my other one is in public school. I make sure my first class is after she is at school and I'm done by the time she gets off the bus. My dh has also been great support. We don't have any family here so his support means a lot since he has to pick up the slack. Anyways, good luck!

Tiffany -- mom of Brittany 7, Bethany 4, & Zachary 2

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 4:15pm
Congratulations to you on taking this opportunity! I went to college when my DDs were 2 and 7. I worked full time during the day and went to early morning classes and night classes. I got remarried in my jr. year and got pregnant in my senior year. I took a semester off then went back and finished. It was very hard but very fulfilling. I love school!

Anyway the biggest adjustment for me was to find time to study. I stoppd watching TV completely and found that took care of most of it! As far as eating went I did fast food a lot on my way from work to class. If not then I brought crackers or bought something in the snack bar on campus to tide me over until I got home that night. By then I usually was too tired to eat anyway and wound up losing a lot of weight! As far as getting the kids fed I depended totally on my wonderful DH! I don't know if I could've done it without his support! Good luck to you!