A Week in Hawaii on an $80,000 SalaryAugust 20, 2021
A Week in Hawaii on an $80,000 Salary
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Today: a social worker who makes $80,000 per year
Occupation: Social Worker
Location: Ewa Beach, Oahu
Salary: $80,000 (approx. $3,077 per pay period)
I recently moved to a new condo off Ewa Beach. It will be an adjustment from Ann Arbor, MI, where I’ve lived for almost a decade. I’m excited, though. Today, I have a day packed full of client meetings, with a quick break for some chicken satay mid-afternoon. After work, I head back to my condo, searching for the best auto insurance quotes Hawaii has to offer. I still have full coverage from my insurance company back in Michigan, but I hope my clean driving record gets me a better premium and deductible. I mark down a few options for the lowest rates I find with decent auto insurance coverage, then make some pasta and unwind for the night.
Another workday ahead. Today’s focused on advocacy, wrapping my head around some of the policy issues I’ll be dealing with here in Oahu. I order something called a “potato dog” at lunchtime (a corndog wrapped in potato squares) and talk to some local legislators in the afternoon. Once I get home, I sit down to figure out the best way to improve my credit score. I checked my credit report while looking through auto insurance options last night, and I have good credit but want to make it even better. After dinner (leftovers from yesterday), I lay out my better credit game plan before bed.
Today’s work is primarily organizational. I plan my upcoming client check-ins around meetings with local politicians and activists. I grabbed a Taco Bell combo meal for lunch, then had a few meetings before the day ended. Rent is due today, which reminds me I want to compare renter’s insurance options, too. I order a meat lover’s pizza and wings, then make a list of insurance policies to call and learn more about. I‘m regretting eating an entire large pizza and a dozen wings before going to bed.
At work today, we’re dealing with an unfortunate crisis situation. There’s no time for lunch. It’s stressful, but the crisis is circumvented. There’s a relatively happy ending, all things considered. I pick up some Panda Express on my way home and set up on the couch to decompress.
I fell asleep on the couch last night, so this morning is frantic. I get to work a few minutes late but start on my pile of paperwork right away. I want to get this done before heading home for the weekend. A coworker and I grab burgers for lunch, then back to paperwork. After work, I call my parents. If I don’t call them every week, they worry. No one wants the HPD dispatched to my condo. Today also happens to be payday, so I schedule my next phone bill, too. After, I order some Korean takeout.
The first task this Saturday is heading to the DMV to move my driver’s license here to Hawaii. That takes a while, like every trip to any DMV. Next, I head to Safeway for groceries. I grab two sandwiches, chili, and jambalaya to split between lunch and dinner today, then take everything home to unpack. After lunch, I call a few insurance agents to dig further into the best rate here in Hawaii. Those calls take a few hours, but I think I have the best comprehensive coverage I’ll find. Then I eat dinner and watch the game before crashing for the night.
This is my first Hawaiian Sunday not spent unpacking. Seems like a day in Honolulu is a good choice. I check out Manoa Falls and a few other must-sees, grabbing lunch in between and dinner on the way back to the condo. It’s kind of cool to be a tourist so close to home.
Total for the Week: $3,737