Thursday, August 17, 2006

The other day

I rode with my boss to a meeting, and we were talking about cars, and I was telling him that I needed to replace the Desperation Altima (bought because I couldn't get my husband in and out of my Isuzu Rodeo, and I am still driving it though I never would have bought it voluntarily). And he told me I should get an Infiniti SUV. And I wondered where he was hiding the crack pipe, because I was seriously thinking Toyota Matrix here. I expected profit sharing to be around a week's pay before taxes, because it's quarterly and that would be extravagant at most places if given annually.

Profit sharing check hit today. Okay, it won't buy much of an Infiniti, even "pre-owned," not by a long shot, but it was a nice after tax chunk of change on a Toyota Matrix.

I am stunned. Shocked speechless. I keep looking at the check stub. I have been in the legal field in this area for many years. I am accustomed to an "annual bonus" if we aren't screwed out of it because management cried poor, anywhere from a pittance that will buy a decent dinner out for two and a bottle of wine and dessert, to, in the really high-rolling places, a week's pay. For the year. Annually. This is the first quarterly check. We get quarterly profit sharing. Holy Financial Solvency, Batman! I am NOT buying an Infiniti. I might live it up and go for a really nice Honda CRV for Christmas if I can swing it on my paycheck. But I am banking this, and all future profit sharing. I haven't had emergency savings in years - the HELOC has served that function. I dipped into it to take care of things like the whopping huge hurricane deductible on the new roof and other house related costs. No more of that. I am going to build up the "recommended emergency savings" with this money. Because I am old and cynical. And because I am 48 and have never had that kind of ready savings in my life. But I am also way more tolerant of Cupcake Crap at the moment, because, damn. I can take their petty, silly Testykake crap if I can sock away money while doing it.

I am keeping about seven hundred bucks of the check out for my own use. Rounding off works. I have to give some serious thought to a good use of seven hundred dollars of found money.

14 comments:

Aarlene said...

Congratulations!

KatyaR said...

Congratulations to you! What a wonderful end-of-the-week present!

caroline said...

oh, chica, am sooooo happy for you. nice to be rewarded for hard work, eh?

Catherine said...

I'm happy, but also thinking about how many, many YEARS it took, slogging along as a paralegal, to find an employer that takes care of its people like this. I'm so conditioned to expect the usual: "Oh, you're an invaluable employee and we love you, here's a pittance and our best wishes," at Christmas. I know a lot of people are used to it, but forgive me if I sound giddy, it's a totally new experience for me.

jessie said...

Congratulations! (BTW, I have a Matrix and love it.)

ChelleC said...

Catherine, that is absolutely wonderful. Congratulations, and well deserved. Saving is extremely impt. I've been listening to Dave Ramsey and the impt of his "emergency fund" can never be underestimated. But I'm also glad there's enough there for a treat for yourself too. Fantastic.

Bess said...

Wooee. Sorta makes Ashville not so tempting, doesn't it.

Congratulations!

cursingmama said...

Yarn - plane tickets - cookies - Gameboy's Tuition ;)
I don't suppose you were REALLY looking for ways to spend $700 - I'd bet you got lots of ways...
Congratulations - nothing says "Thanks for working your ass off" like a check that is worth cashing!

carlarey said...

Man, it must have felt so awesome to look at a check like that. I've always gotten the "We couldn't do it without you, please enjoy this crappy restaurant gift certificate." If you are like me, now that you have some disposable cash, nothing you have pined for is really that appealing.

KnitNana said...

Congrats! That's such a relief, I know, being able to sock a little away...Emergency funds are too important and it's just so hard to build them up! But DO enjoy with a little yarny goodness and let us live vicariously thru the photos?
(((hugs)))

Dee fm KS said...

Fantastic, Congratulations, and Whew, some of the worries go away. Savings are necessary, but great thing to have. So many of us live from payday to payday. Again, Congratulations.

laurie said...

YAY!!!

That is absolutely awesome news :)

And my favorite line of all: "the Desperation Altima" hehehehehehe

Catherine said...

I am so totally used to not an actual crappy restaurant gift certificate, but an "annual bonus" that is the equivalent of one. Presented with great fanfare. I remember The National Homebuilder Which Must Not Be Named was the master of this - their formula for calculating our "profit sharing" was incomprehensible to mere mortals, but magically resulted in a carefully calculated bonus that more or less resembled an extra paycheck a year. I have seen all the bullshit, and this is the first employer I've ever had that is totally transparent about how they do the math - we were called into a meeting where the CFO did the math for us in a PowerPoint, so we would know exactly how it all works - where the hell does THAT ever happen?
I do work very hard for the money, but I have worked very hard and gotten royally screwed at much bigger, fancier, national employers. I love these guys!

poormary said...

The company I worked for gave out 10lb boneless hams at Christmas. I received 15 of those suckers. Congratulations. If you know there is a payoff waiting for you it sure makes putting up with the crap worth it. Enjoy your $700 round off!!