After 12 years at my job, I was let go. My boss retired and I was a victim of the economic downturn. I'm OK with it for now. I got a good severence, unemployment, Child support and I have no bills. I have no credt cards, I got rid of my car last year, so really all I have are living expenses, and my kids school. My son is in college, but I have the money to pay for this year at least. Next year, he might have to go to a local school, but maybe not. I am confident I will have a job before the years end. If not, I will have to reassess.
I will lower my cable package, but that is about all I can do. My daughter and I still take guitar, but that won't stop just yet. Maybe by September, it is a package deal anyway.
Financially I will be OK for about 9 months to a year, if I watch what I spend.
I am kind of relieved. I started to really hate my job. Not the job itself, just the people. I will miss my friends though. It was time to move on, if I wasn't pushed out the door, I would never have an opportunity to look for something better, and somewhere I will be happy.
For now I will be reading a lot, and watching a lot of stuff. New York Public Library....here I come!!!