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I can’t honestly remember the last time I consistently had a “normal” weekend.
I guess probably when I was 15 – that’s when I got my first job. But I totally would have done it sooner if I could have. I was dying to make better and more consistent money than I could babysitting (and by doing something other than babysitting, because I’m not necessarily a natural with kids.)
But because I worked all through high school and college, I got pretty used to Saturdays and Sundays not actually being the “weekend” for me.
At times, it’s sucked. I mean, who wants to have to miss family events or arrive late/leave early because they have to go to a stupid job? Especially when it’s beautiful outside and you’re busy bagging groceries for people who get to have a way more fun day than you.
That experience has been a blessing in disguise, though, because by this point, it’s totally normal to me. It’s one part of being a police wife that has been a on-issue (for the most part, anyway.)
What’s funny is I actually really enjoy it now. I can’t really imagine things any other way, because there are actually a lot of awesome things about working on the weekends that people who work “banker’s hours” don’t get to take advantage of.
5 Reasons Working On The Weekends Is Actually Awesome
I hate crowds. Me in a crowd usually looks something like this:
And on the weekends, everyone is everywhere.
That is, everyone except the people who work on the weekends. They’re stuck working.
Which means during the week? Those shmucks who don’t work on the weekends are stuck at work, and all the fun stuff is free and clear.
Sure, that changes somewhat in the summer, but even then, weekdays are going to be less busy (and sometimes less expensive, woo!)
Easier to make appointments.
I can’t imagine how much harder it would be to make doctor or dentist appointments if we didn’t have an unusual schedule. Most only see patients between 9 and 5 Monday through Friday… at best.
And I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to use PTO for my semi-annual flossing lecture if I don’t have to.
I’m telling you: I’m way more likely to actually make and keep dental appointments when it fits in my schedule without a lot of finagling.
You can take advantage of weekday sales.
I’m a big thrift store shopper. It’s the best way to scratch my impulse buying itch without going crazy over budget. I love coming away with a few new books to read and only paying $2 each at most.
Most of the thrift stores I frequent have a given day designated for 50% off either a rotating category or a certain tag color, which means I can claim I got an even better deal. And when our days off coincide with one of these sale days, it’s awesome.
If we’re really feeling gung-ho about it, we can be there right when it opens like it’s Black Friday (but with less brawling.)
Even if you’re not much of a thrifter, thrift stores totally aren’t the only ones that do this. Tons of stores/activities have sales on specific days that you can take advantage of if you have the day off.
It breaks up the week.
This is for those of you with split days off rather than a few days in a row.
This can be super annoying, especially if he’s on night shift… but it’s also kind of awesome, because the time between breaks doesn’t seem quite as long.
Granted, the breaks themselves don’t feel as long either, but sometimes having the week broken up a little more can make it easier to tackle.
It can occasionally get you out of things you don’t want to do.
Don’t lie, I know you’ve done it too.
“Oh, shoot. I’d love to come to (that family event I so don’t want to go to), but he’s working. Bummer!”
If you’re not used to a less traditional work schedule, it can be hard to get used to. But for everything you’re giving up, remember all the benefits you get 🙂
What’s your favorite thing about having a non-traditional schedule?