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Does it ever stop?

December 5th, 2016 at 06:03 am

Just when I think things are going to start settling down, they don't.

Here's some of the happenings in rambling form:

New Job: I'd been half-heartedly applying to other jobs. I don't really want to leave my company as I've built a lot of good rapport and flexibility there, but I feel very stagnant. I've been severely underpaid for several years now, and there's just not room for my salary to grow in comparison to how much my skillset has grown. I got a verbal offer late last week and am expecting the written offer this week. My biggest hesitation is that the job is hourly (meaning no PTO or paid holidays), but it's a solid 15k more than what I'm currently making. It would definitely give us a bit more breathing room and allow us to make some progress on paying off debts.

Holidays: I want to thank everyone for their comments on my last post. I'm definitely going to try and focus more on the spirit of the holiday rather than the number of gifts under the tree. That said, we did scrounge up what we could to buy some gifts.

Pet Care: I was delaying bringing the pets in to the new vet where we live because we didn't have the extra funds and they were fine. However, we did have to go in last week. DD1 (dear dog 1 for those who may not remember) has been losing a lot of weight. He's basically a bag of bones. We attributed it to the fact that he's now running top speed for at least an hour and a half daily and upped his food intake to make up for it. Well, when DH was walking him, he decided to check DD1's business and make sure there was nothing alarming there. He found tan and white specks, which according to Google, could be tapeworms. We took him in immediately, but there was nothing in his stool. We gave the go-ahead for bloodwork to make sure those levels were fine, and that was normal as well (except for slight anemia). Total cost was just under $200 for the blood work and float test (the visit was free since it was his first).

Cooking: I spend $160 yesterday on the ingredients for half of a 2-wk. once-a-month-cooking cycle (including several new pantry ingredients that I didn't have). Since this is my first time trying it, and we don't need that much to get us through December, I picked about half of the meals. DH and I will be prepping and cooking them tonight. Since they serve at least 4, we will divide them into multiple serving to get through the remainder of December. Fortunately, one that I chose serves 16-20. On Christmas eve, we will probably have both families over at our place. DH has a tradition that he does every Christmas eve that he wants to start in our new place. So that night, we'll do the slow cooker chicken sandwiches, so we can feed everyone. I still need to get Christmas day groceries, but I'm encouraged that we may be able to stick to our $200/month grocery budget in the future.

I'm sure there's a lot more, but I just can't really brain right now. I'm long overdue for a good hard look at the numbers.

7 Responses to “Does it ever stop?”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    15 k more???

    That's a lot. Once it's in writing, you might be able to take that offer to your current boss and see if they counter. It worked for me once!

  2. Butterscotch Says:

    I'm hourly and I get PTO and holidays. Did they say you wouldn't get those or are you assuming based on previous hourly jobs?

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Good luck on deciding about the new job

  4. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    Thriftorama, that was the plan. I'm hoping they give me a reason to stay. I really do love the company and people.

    Butterscotch, they told me. Any time I'd take would be unpaid.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow, that much of a jump would be hard to pass up.

  6. Kiki Says:

    I would take the offer and have the conversation at least with your boss.

    And hourly doesn't mean no PTO or time off it means you are not exempt and must
    declare every hour you work.

    But what about other benefits? Health insurance? retirement? There is a lot to consider in comparing jobs.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Sure hope your current employer steps and gives you a raise.

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