I do field ecology for work (which is awesome! not a very lucrative field, which is also on my mind, but awesome....
Field work is also very good for my health, which will save me money in the long term. Just feeling very insecure about it.
At the end of the month I plan to do a budget update and see whether my savings have topped my SL balance. Not having a car has been working out fine so far, though bus fare is unpleasantly expensive. I'm just not traveling much. I have a roommate I've been carpooling with. Biking, I have discovered, is awesome.
Glad the job is working out. Is there a possibility this could become a permanent position? That sounds very interesting! Have you considered going back to school, getting a graduate degree in ecology, and teaching? Or perhaps combining it with something else in the long term?
I walked or carpooled with my roomates in college for the first three years. I borrowed a bike when available too. Those are great choices!
As far as your budget goes have you made subdivisions in it for wants/needs and fixed/variable expenses respectively? Consider this thread
in ways to save money.