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Rise of the Female Breadwinners: Lindsay Groff

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Lindsay Groff

31; Single;
Children: Two sons, 5 and 10
Job title: Hairstylist
Estimated household income: $25,000-$50,000
Education: Currently enrolled in nursing school

Are you a native San Antonian? If not, when did you move here?

I’m originally from Austin, lived a few years in Dallas, but I’ve been in San Antonio since ’91.

How did you become the primary breadwinner?

Somebody’s gotta do it [laughs]. I just happened to be the one.

Describe your job:

I work three days a week as a stylist pretty much 9 to 5-ish, stand on my feet all day… Cut, color, customer service, just typical salon—busy.

Is your job now the career you’d always thought you’d have?

No, I never knew what I wanted to do. I still am not sure what I want to do. I just do what people tell me I’d be good at. Nursing’s the first thing that I ever thought I wanted to do. It was the only thing I’ve ever picked up my own initiative. And that’s because I feel like I can do so many different things with it and not necessarily just a career—just using that career to do things in life.

What is your dream job?

My fantasy with nursing is to do the rural preventative health care in developing countries. It’s kind of just my dream to be able to travel and absorb other cultures and I’ve always said just go sleep with my head in the mud somewhere else for a few years and see what their life is like.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect is making somebody feel good about themselves and it’s always kind of self-gratifying when they feel so good about themselves they dote upon you for making them feel that way. It’s nice to have a good pat on the back.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Buying my second, larger home and I’m not sure yet. I’m really at a transitional point right now. I’ll be done with school in the next two and a half years and after that I was just going to apply anywhere in the country. So maybe out of Texas, I don’t know if I could really ever bring myself to leave my family behind, because all my family’s here in Texas. Making more money than I am now and feeling more rewarded and providing a more secure life for my family.

What age do you expect to retire?

I haven’t really thought about my retirement. I mean I’m saving for my retirement. I don’t know. I haven’t thought that far ahead.

What’s your biggest financial worry?

Paying my bills. Just having enough to make my bills and everything from mortgage and car payments to having two kids in private school.

Are you able to save money on your current salary?

Not much, no, not really. I’m not working enough anymore to…I’m in such a transitional point with phasing out of what I’m doing, I’m making less and less and being more and more of a student and focusing on my future career. So no, I’m definitely not where I’m used to being or where I want to be. It’s a sacrifice.

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