[-$51,000] You Won’t Believe What Happened at Work Today

My expression when I heard the news!

 I GOT A RAISE!!!  

Omg, guys!  Ok. Technically, it’s not a raise. It’s a “salary/equity adjustment”.

An equity adjustment is a permanent increase to the base salary that may be granted to an employee under certain circumstances, such as increased duties that do not warrant a reclassification or a significant salary lag to comparable internal positions or the local labor market.

It’s a little over 12%, but, combined with the yearly cost of living adjustment I got a couple of months ago, my base salary will be about 15% over what I was making last year.  I. am. stunned! I didn’t think it was even possible. I’m still not ‘well paid’ for my industry by any stretch, but I’m at least juuust inside the edge of market rate now.  Read More

[-$52,280] Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

In my last post, I mentioned that in addition to work and travel, I’ve been up to “other things”. In an earlier post, I talked about wanting to explore my options career-wise given how underpaid I am. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that I’ve been going on job interviews, despite my dislike of them.

I interviewed for three jobs, both before leaving for and after returning from my trip. This is what added to the stress I was already under while planning for / recovering from travel and having a metric ton of stuff to do at work. This is a peak into what I’ve also been dealing with… Read More

[-$52,360] The Post Where DDSW Comes Back to Earth

Image Credit: Kate Ter Haar

Um. Helllooo?  Do you guys remember me?

I know! I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. It’s been 1.5 months without a post!

Ok. Quick check-in time. Where the heck have I been?  Well… I’ll tell you. I feel like I’ve been in orbit.

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[-$56,000] It’s Half Gone! I’ve Paid Off 50% of My Student Loan Debt!

Another milestone post!  This one will be short and sweet.

I made an extra $912 payment today. (That’s almost back up to my goal of paying $1000 extra/month).

I did this because it looks like my housing situation will be stabilizing soon and I may not have to move after all, at least not anytime in the very near future. My rent will still be going up until we find someone else to move in. It may take a couple of months or so, because we don’t want any more drama and will take our time with selection.

When I started this blog, my student loan debt topped out at $112,258.

Today, it is at $56,000.

I’ve paid off 50% of my student loan debt!

I have now reached the peak of the mountain and only have to roll the boulder downhill  from now on.

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“Debtor’s prison is real, and opportunity cost is a bitch.” (DDSW Archives)

 

[-$56,835] Feeling Like a Rat … and a Cat

Image Credit: Steve Cutts’ short film ‘Happiness’ (Youtube)

The Rat Race

Hey Peeps,

Another $1720 minimum monthly student loan payment, another seemingly minuscule movement in my balance.

I’m still busy at work and thankfully looking forward to the 3-day weekend for a bit of rest. Although my employer is benefiting from the new corporate tax cuts and pulling in record profits, it has done nothing to raise pay for people in my division beyond the standard cost of living adjustment. If there was any doubt about the impossibility of getting a raise, it’s gone now. Getting a raise, a REAL raise, was never a possibility and never will be one.

Other people have moved on from my employer and are earning more now. I’ll need to think about my long term earning potential. Ahhh. Trapped in the rat race and searching for more cheese. At the same time, I’m hesitant to make any risky moves now with so much debt and uncertainty hanging over my head. Afterall, there IS value in stability.  Read More