What did u buy your first year of nursing? - page 5

I will be graduating from nursing school in May, and is just curious about what type of things do new graduates do when they become a nurse. My plans is to invest in a house and maybe a new car. I... Read More

  1. by   muffie
    new shoes !!!!!

    the old ones were 3 years old and fetid
  2. by   Imafloat
    Quote from RNsRWe
    You know, this sounds pretty boring, but when I started earning a paycheck we paid off every single bill the moment it arrived, lol...nothing had to "wait until the next check"! And then, seeing the balance in that checking account growing is just a marvel to behold

    My hubby and I live pretty reasonably, always have, and have been fortunate enough to buy pretty much whatever we needed or wanted anyway on his generous income. HOWEVER, that said, it's nice to know I *CAN* buy whatever I want without ANY guilt!
    I have been doing the same thing, paying each bill the day it comes. It feels so good to be able to do this. I think not worrying about finances is a bigger thrill to me than spending (I can't believe I just said that). I want to pay off as many bills as possible before my student loans start coming due in May. I do plan on some minor home improvements too.
  3. by   jelorde37
    honestly, i dont know what i used my money on(im pretty horrible with money). im 20 years old, so the money i made off my lvn wage was alot for me. i bought a scion tc, paid off some bills,clothes, a new stethescope(littman), paid my tuition for school(im going lvn-rn and also cws), food, and a bunch of other stuff that is useless. after 4 months i ended up quitting nursing right now to go full time to school(16 units) i currently work for my mother, i run my moms residential care facility during the weekends. the pay isnot as great as my lvn pay but its more than enough to get by.

    i just wished i saved money during those 4 months.
  4. by   beepeadoo
    Quote from SusanNC
    I know I'll feel this horrible guilt not taking the boys with us, but my husband said, after 25 years, it's about time we do something "special" for just the 2 of us - so I'm really looking forward to it. So, this trip is what I'm buying to celebrate my First Year of Nursing...
    Woo hoo!!! That is the way to do it! You know, I don't know how old your sons are, but quite frankly, I'm not sure I know too many boys who would feel like they REALLY missed out not getting to go to Ireland and England...I mean sure, they'd have fun if they went, and they'd get to see some cool stuff, but seriously, they don't know what they'll be missing, and in their little male minds, there's a good chance they're at least neutral, if not grateful they don't have to drag along .

    Have a GREAT time!!! You earned it!
  5. by   lakerette01
    I bought a purse.. and am being to pay of student loans.. I really want to save..
  6. by   natrgrrl
    The first thing I HAVE to do is get the bills paid. It will be so nice to pay all the bills every month AND be able to get groceries.
    The thing that has been the most fun for my hubby and I to think about is if we should rent a beautiful new apartment/townhome or buy our own house. We have 4 kids and the apartment thing seems best to me because we won't have to worry about lawn care, shoveling, broken water heaters and all that stressful time-consuming stuff. On the other hand, the kids want their own bedrooms and I really want a couple of dogs and they (kids and dogs) need room to run and play.
    And the thing that is #1 on my list is a new bras and underwear. I have only had three new bras in the last 7 years and 2 of them were nursing bras. I splurged when school started and bought a new one but I will spend as much of my first check as I want on underclothes! (How pathetic!)
  7. by   incublissRN
    I graduated last May and didn't really buy anything right away. In October when I really hated my job I did book our honeymoon in St. Lucia! I was happy that I could afford it at that point in my life and not feel guilty about it. When I spent money in college I was always worried about how much I would have left by the end of the semester.
  8. by   Mommy TeleRN
    natrrgrl..I had to check and make sure I didn't write your post! lol

    I just found out the hospital is giving ALL new grads a $2500 sign on bonus even those that already accepted positions. I'm thinking some new shoes/sandals cuz I have like one pair of dress shoes and one pair of tennis shoes and they are BOTH falling apart. Some new socks...I wear my husband's now..how pitiful is THAT? Yes new bras. I bought nice ones from Lane Bryant but umm that was about 4 years ago and I've washed them so much they were coming all apart and I've stiched them up lol...PITIFUL. Let's see some new face cleaners, makeup...and my fave:
    a backup for everything! Extra TP, extra tissues, extra shampoo, extra soap/deoderant. I'm soooo tired of having to use the last of every liittle thing because I can't affod it til we absolutely run out! I plan to make a trip to Sams and stock up my pantry. I don't want fancy stuff, just all those necessities that I've put off forever!
    I also plan to set up every bill to just click and pay when it arrives before it's even due. I'm sooo tired of calilng and making payment arrangements and explaining "i'm so sorry but I'm a nursing student and if you can JUST bare with me a little bit longer..." that is so stressing and time consuming. I don't wanna be rich..just NOT BROKE lol.

    First paycheck June 1, three paychecks in June..not that I've already planned my budget or anything hahaha
  9. by   arizonanurse
    I bought a used Honda Civic for $3700 and saved most of the rest for graduate school tuition. I did let myself splurge a little more - ate out about once a week, whereas when I was in nursing school I NEVER ate out; went shopping when I needed new clothes instead of just doing without; and went on roadtrips without worrying about the cost of gas. Right now I feel pretty rich with all my savings, but in six months after I pay for school I'm going to be broke again And you really do get used to the bigger paychack, unfortunately. I can't believe my nursing school days when I thought a $250 paycheck every two weeks was good money.
  10. by   DarciaMoonz
    I had orientation today, got my Rate of pay, and plan to get me some contacts next week . That is going to be my gift to me. Then I have to prepare to move. I think I will be moving in with my mom for a month because I don't think it is in my best interest to stay where I am now. I can at least save money to get a decent apt. The rent in CT is off the freakin' wall!!! So it is going to take me some time.
  11. by   llg
    I know this makes me sound like an "old fuddy duddy," but ...

    Many years ago, when I was a new grad, I lived very cheaply. I shared an apartment to save money and didn't go on a spending spree. I remember splurging on only 2 things -- a good suit to wear when I needed something "good" to wear and a stereo. I drove my Dad's old car for a couple of years until I could afford to buy a "new" used car for myself.

    I saved my money dilegently and was able to pay for my MSN without having to take out a student loan (because I got some grant money to help with the costs). That set me up well financially -- and I have never had credit card debt, etc. After getting my MSN, I worked for 10 years and then went back to school again for a PhD needing only a small student loan.

    Now ... I am 52 years old and live in a luxury waterfront condo. I am contemplating early retirement (or probably semi-retirement in a few years) because I have been building my retirement funds regularly over the years.

    I am glad I didn't run up a lot of debt when I was in my 20's and 30's. I was able to "get ahead" and never had to have my life determined by worries about money. I've always been able to afford the things I needed because I didn't buy a lot of things I didn't need and go into debt to pay for expensive "fun stuff" when I was younger.

    I am very happy to read that some of today's new grads are being sensible with their money. Trust me, you will be happy about that in the future.

    Good luck, everybody!
    Last edit by llg on Apr 25, '07
  12. by   NJNursing
    I didn't really "splurge" on anything except necessities. I paid off a lot of bills, paid back a lot of family that helped to support me while I was in school. I went to a lot of doctors on health issues I had let go while I didn't have insurance. I got new glasses as the old ones were 4 years old, new contacts, eye exams for the hubby and daughter. Stupid things like that. Now I want to look into saving for a 2nd car and the exorbatant NJ insurance prices that come with it. I also want to start giving my grandparents money to secure inheriting their house, so in a way I'm starting to "buy" it from them because if it goes to any other member in the family - they'd sell it and I'd be heartbroken.

    I'm going to start at school this fall for my BSN which will partly come from money from me, money from the hospital and money on my loans which I've started paying down knowing I'd have to use more of them again.
  13. by   allantiques4me
    I know this sounds silly.I already had a house and "running car".Not like that beautiful mustang!But Ive always wanted a cockatoo!Very expensive parrot.I bought PEACHES,my pet Mollucan cockatoo!And have had him and others ever since.!
    Last edit by allantiques4me on Apr 28, '07