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.