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Broken heart .... at work

September 24th, 2016 at 05:07 am

A few months ago, I approached my boss and asked for a promotion. I gave good reasons. He got back to me a week later and said he and his boss have approved it but changing my job description and moving some of my duties would take some time so I wouldn't get the promotion until Q4 of this year. I brought it up once more since then just to see where things were and was told It was moving along nicely.
However yesterday my boss was acting really jumpy about retrieving something from the printer. It got me curious so I pulled up the final budget presentation that we have been working on for the past three months and looked at the organizational chart again. I didn't see a change. But when I glanced at the comments, it said that my promotion would not take effect until Q3 next year. That is a whole year away. I actually feel heartbroken.
THtey didn't discuss it with me and they never even hinted. I feel like such a dummy that I've been working so hard and doing extra. Essentially picking up the slack from weaker people senior to me.
I have to calm down this weekend and decide what to do.
I wish I was closer to retirement.

Getting it finally

January 27th, 2016 at 06:55 pm

I think I'm finally getting closer to having a thrifty mindset. For so long I have felt I could buy what I wanted just because I could afford it at that moment.
I wasn't giving much thought to the fact that this was taking away from my future freedom. Now I'm starting to think things like: I already own something similar; I don't need to go out to eat and pay a tip; just because I have a coupon doesn't mean I should buy it now when I won't need it for a year.
I had some debt that was mentally weighing me down and I have finally got it down to the point where it will be paid off in 9 months, in October. I'm doing so, quicker than I expected, by "treating it like an emergency" as advised by the early retirement blogger, Mr Money Mustache.
Once the debt is gone, the challenge will be in continuing to do without the debt payment amount by putting it into early retirement.
In effect, treating retirement saving like an emergency. Should be fun.

Suzie Ormon last night

February 22nd, 2015 at 10:36 am

Did anyone else watch The Suzie Ormon show last night. One of the people she gave advice to was a 50 year old single woman whose current financial status she graded an F. The woman's plan was to retire at 66. Suzie told her she had to wait until she was 70 so she could have an income of 50k/yr. Who would really need an income of 50k at age 70. She's not going to be doing a lot of travelling after age 70. I'm disappointed in Suzie's advice. I'm 50 and I'm not going to wait until I'm elderly before I retire, and I'm not going to be spending 50k less taxes at any point after retiring. God willing.

Feeling Lucky

May 2nd, 2014 at 06:05 pm

I was feeling lucky so I bought some tickets for the hospital lottery. Am I being delusional? The last time I bought a lottery ticket was about 5 years ago and I wasn't feeling lucky then, but didn't win anything. The draws are in June.
Has anyone else felt lucky and then did something on a hunch. I'm not feeling guilty, exactly, but want to feel like I have company.

Planning Europe vacation July 1st

February 21st, 2012 at 04:53 am

We're planning a two week European vacation starting 1st of July. The goal is for three stops: Amsterdam, Paris, and England. We're starting from Canada. It will be two adults and one child, by train after landing first in Amsterdam.

At least three dinners will be at the homes of friends/family. I don't expect breakfast to be very expensive. We won't be renting a car.

Has anyone done a similar vacation. Would you say $5k is a realistic budget for this trip? Thank you.

Spent too much at Christmas

January 16th, 2012 at 02:57 am

I thought I had this Christmas under control but I was too spendy. I'm paying for it now that the credit card bills are coming in.
My normal budget process is on track. It's just the bigger events that put me off track: Christmas & vacations.
I need to be better and more consistent at saving for these two ahead of time. Now I just have to stop saying, I'll do it, and just start.

Surprised

December 17th, 2011 at 01:06 am

My cousin, who just had a milestone birthday, invited the cousins to a restaurant for dinner. Everyone got there on time in high spirits and she was a charming hostess. Until the waitress began to take our orders ... The waitress began asking for our names so she could make up separate cheques. We said "let's check with our organizer" who told us "oh yes, the waitress needs to make separate cheques".
So we all made the necessary mental switch.
It was embarrassing afterwards when our cousin continued to act like the hostess by walking around the table to make sure we were doing all right.
At the end, the waitress brought out a dessert with a candle. I felt a little sad:
1) that the birthday girl seemed to need the attention on this milestone birthday.
2) that I wouldn't have given her a $50 gift card if I had known I was to pay my own way.
3) that this story will become part of family legend without her knowing.
Sigh.

Last day today

October 5th, 2011 at 06:51 pm

Today was my last day at my old company. Because it's a quarter-end, I was very busy. If I didn't say I was leaving at 5pm, I would have got more work dumped on me. Well at least they weren't anxious to see the backside of me Smile

I start my new job on the Tues after the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. Excited and scared, but mostly excited.

The Miracle Happened

September 23rd, 2011 at 03:53 am

I got the job at the new company. No pay increase came with it, but the money will come later. Better than that, it's a meaty role that will give me loads of experience. I gave my two weeks notice yesterday and already my insides have relaxed.

Need a miracle

September 16th, 2011 at 03:39 am

Yes, I got the mind-numbingly dull assignment at work. I've asked for a promotion to go with it. I'm still hoping to hear something positive from the other company I interviewed at. If neither of these two things pan out, I'll stay at the current company long enough to collect my 2011 bonus, then start job hunting next year.

That's if the boring job doesn't kill me before then.

More restructuring

September 5th, 2011 at 06:58 pm

Either this week or next, the details of the company's restructuring will be announced. I've received hints I'll be safe. But my new role will be a mind-numbingly boring one.

I've just finished phase 3 of interviews at another company. The director of one of the teams I would be supporting didn't seem to like me at all. So I'll be surprised if I get an offer.

Either way, big changes before mid-September.

Happy birthday to me

December 9th, 2010 at 04:15 am

I've just turned 46. It doesn't seem real yet. Time really flies, kids.
On the job front, some people are being let go. What else is new. Two sales offices are being closed. Major changes are happening this year in a major department.
Hopefully I'm ok for at least a couple more years.
I wish you all a safe, happy holiday season and much prosperity in the new year.

Bought iPhone 4

November 7th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I searched everywhere for the iPhone 4 and finally got one. They seem to be a rare commodity. And I love it. I already have an iPod Touch, but needed a new phone. My old one had terrible reception and was starting to drive me crazy.
I didn't like the Blackberrys because the keys are too small for me to see without my reading glasses, but I wanted a SmartPhone. I knew the iPhone was the one for me.
It is with my same cellphone carrier, Fido so I was able to use my Fido dollars, $64 towards it. Sweet.

Winnings at the Casino in Niagara

October 5th, 2010 at 04:20 am

Hubby and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in Niagara Falls. It rained all weekend but we were prepared with coats and umbrella. It felt like a honeymoon, and I even referred to it a few times as one.
There wasn't that much to do so we decided to go see the casino. It was in a nice hotel and even had a mall.
Lots of people were hanging out there. I found the casino itself a bit overwhelming with all of those machines with their music, noises, and blinking lights.
I only know how to play one game, Blackjack because I have a blackjack app on my iPod.
In the end, I won $90.
I didn't enjoy it though because it was horrible to watch my money drop, drop,drop and then slowly, painfully come back up. Gambling is not for me.

Got a raise!

September 18th, 2010 at 04:54 am

My new role at work comes with a 2.5% pay raise. I didn't expect it, but I like it!
My automatic savings for the last quarter have helped me put away enough to pay for Term 1 of my course up front. So I'm ok until I can get reimbursement from my employer.
If I keep going this way, I'll also have enough by Dec to pay for the 2nd term.
I'm not sure why this year is going so much better but I'll take it Smile
After the program ends in June 2011, I no longer have to worry about putting aside the $6k every year it. I'll be able to put that amount away.

Insurance for child

September 10th, 2010 at 12:25 am

Being from Canada, eh, I don't have to worry about health insurance but I did often think I should get some type of life insurance for DD.
Yesterday she came home from school with umpteen forms to sign. Emergency contact information... that kind of thing. One of the forms was from an insurance company saying that we could insure our child for one full year for death, disability, etc.
It's only $26.50 per year.
Susie Orman says that with the death or illness of a child, you might not be able to cope with going back to work in a hurry. That's the only reason she would recommend life ins. for a child.
I sent it in.

New role at work finally

August 29th, 2010 at 07:28 pm

I have finally moved to a new role at work. Still reporting to a boss in the US but I don't mind. If you don't get a breadth of experience you will not be considered for a promotion. I am aiming for one by Q1 next year.
It is a lateral move but has high exposure in both Canada and the US. I'm thrilled.

Passed May exam

July 6th, 2010 at 08:14 pm

Yaaah! I passed my May exam. Now I can claim my tuition reimbursement from work. And I can have a lovely summer without studying unless I choose to review stuff for fun.

I'm ashamed to admit ...

June 25th, 2010 at 04:11 am

I'm ashamed to admit I wish I was super rich and didn't have to worry about spending a few bucks here and there. There, I've said it. I'm done with the fantasy and now I can go back to my normal life.

Free bicycle

June 14th, 2010 at 03:47 am

My husband rescued a bicycle that a neighbour was throwing out. It's practically brand new. So I've taken over his old one, which looks like a girl's bike anyway. I had just been thinking about buying one. I haven't ridden a bike for 30 years, so I spent some time just coasting on it for short distances this weekend. Trying to get my balance back.
It feels exhilarating!

Back to saving again

June 1st, 2010 at 04:28 am

Back to saving again. I'll be so glad when my course is finished in June 2011. Then I won't have to pay out a tuition fee and have to wait 1 yr to get it back from my employer.
Hopefully I have passed the exam I wrote in May and won't have to do the rewrite in Aug. I'll find out the results in July.

Disney was fun

May 22nd, 2010 at 04:33 am

We're back from Disney. The park admission costs were high but I was prepared for that. We stayed at a friend's condo that is rarely used. It was large and had two big bathrooms. My parents liked that because of the privacy.
My DD had a ball meeting lots of princesses and two animal characters. She got to be Princess Jasmine one day.
While unpacking last night, I realized I did not buy a lot of souvenirs. Yaaaaah. No junk!
An awesome vacation.

Whoa! Too spendy!

February 18th, 2010 at 07:32 pm

Whoa! Spendy self, knock it off. I spent about 40 bucks online for a software that I don't really need. Moment of madness there.
I've been doing pretty well with taking breakfast & lunch to work. So not a total spending nightmare, but I have to be more careful.

Need to cut back on spending

February 7th, 2010 at 06:59 am

I'm spending on breakfast and lunch again at work. It's so easy to slip back to old habits, and it is just sucking up my money like a vacuum.
I have to return my focus to being more prepared with my meals. I can't afford this much longer

Amount for retirement

December 22nd, 2009 at 01:59 am

Is it possible to live on $25k pre-tax/year when retired?

We would be 100% debt free by then. Our debt is a line of credit that we are whittling down. DD's education fund will be about $40k by the time I retire. My plan is to retire in 10 years at age 55.
I've recently started putting aside 50% of my aftertax income. I'm risk averse so the majority of it is in money market rather than mutual funds.
I don't have to worry too much about health care since I'm in Canada.

I hope I'm not being unrealistic.

Talent Show

November 26th, 2009 at 06:19 pm

I will be singing in the talent show at work on Dec 9. I think that is why they are keeping me at work ..... cheap talent Smile
I have a new boss now, who is in the U.S. Life promises to be interesting with virtual reporting.
Meanwhile I have decided to keep going with selling Avon. It is fun and I hope to gradually increase the number of customers.
BA, in case you are reading this, one of the top ten Avon sales people in my district is a man. Just a thought Smile
Thanks for the support and prayers, everyone.

BIG GIFT ideas wanted

November 20th, 2009 at 09:24 pm

I would love some ideas on what to get my six year old DD for Xmas. She is our only child. She already has a kitchen centre and a Disney Princess vanity table.
I have gotten the small gifts already, e.g. books, kids jewelry, lip gloss, etc. I don't know what to get as her big gift. Any ideas?

Can it be?

November 19th, 2009 at 03:42 am

My boss is dropping some major hints that, not only will I have a job after restructuring, but it will be a challenging new (to me) role.
Can it be?

Started selling Avon

November 16th, 2009 at 04:48 am

A month ago I started selling Avon. I have 10 customers already. My goal is to get a minimum of 50. The average sale is around $25, so if I sell to 20 people every campaign, which is every two weeks, I would make 40% of $500, so $200. Making an extra $400/month with me as the boss is not too shabby.
The best thing is that this new activity and connecting with other women on a level I never have before, has helped me from going bonkers while waiting to hear about my work situation. My work level was told we have to wait until early Dec to find out who will be let go under the new structure.
Back to Avon, I plan to retire from the Rat Race in 10 years when I turn 55. Avon is one of the things I would like to continue doing post-retirement.
Meanwhile, I look forward to getting more training to learn how to help my customers with makeup and other beauty questions.

I find out tomorrow

November 4th, 2009 at 02:33 am

Tomorrow I find out if I will be let go from my job. All other depts have been told and ours of 70 people will be told tomorrow. I don't feel too optimistic.
Approx. 100 out of 800 people have been given their walking papers so far. It has been a very difficult time and I don't know how bad it will be for us tomorrow.
My family has 6 months of savings so we'll be ok, but it is a hurtful thing to think you'll be let go. My mind is totally stressed out!!


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