Two years ago when metal prices tanked, my company cut all raises to 0%, and last year we received a meager 2% raise. As a result, incomes have fallen behind market value. I knew this but I am too lazy to find another job.
Because of this unintended
apathy loyalty, recently my corporation gave a 5% salary increase to all employees who have worked continuously for two years. All other employees receive a generous but lower increase.
Their message is that they value their employees and will share the wealth when times are good. Of course, this is really an attempt to be more competitive in the job market and hire talent, but I’ll take that 5% and gladly!
Even more encouraging, this raise is not in lieu of our regular merit increases in March. Unless something goes terribly wrong in the next six months (knock on wood), we should expect those too.
In even cooler news, Little Miss TJL hosted her first art show! She created at least 10 framed pieces of original wall art, and delivered hand-written invitations to friends. We made an impressive food spread along with cocktails and mocktails (for the little ones).
She had a turnout of 18 people and completely sold out! She made $15.50!
She is really captivated by this moneymaking scheme called working. If she knew I am raking in 5% more income for nothing but showing up day after day, she’d be totally pissed.
P.S. I always make her save half of her earnings in the Bank of Mom, a crumpled old bank envelope I keep in the kitchen.
I have collected quite a list of blogs that publish their monthly expenses. A “New*” next to a blog indicates that it is a new addition to the Church of FI, not a new blog necessarily. Some of these blogs combine their net worth and expense reports. I like to compare my spending to these reports and try to improve where I can. Here is the lowdown on October’s expenses (published in November).
Minimalist in the City (New*)
Financial Serenity Blog (New*)
Kiwi and Keweenaw (New*)
Turning Point Money (New*)
Reaching for FI (New*)
Atypical Life (New*)
Tight Fisted Miser (New*)
FI Heroes (New*)
Money Scrap (New*)
Montana Money Adventures (New*)
The Origami Life (New*)