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No bonus, small raise


But I am NOT complaining!  I really had no expectation of either given that I was promoted to Senior Trial Counsel last year and got an 8% raise and a $6,000 bonus.  Isn’t that the way it usually goes?  At my company merit raises are given out based upon your performance within your group.  As a brand new Senior Trial Attorney I am competing against a lot of lawyers that have a lot more experience than I do AND since they’ve been in the position longer their case load is such that they likely have more trials of major cases than I do right now.  That is going to change this year with two major cases on the horizon that I do anticipate going to a jury.  One is a fatality and the other a severe injury.  This is the first year I haven’t received a bonus but I did get a 2% merit raise and $9,000 worth of stock options and I have a great job!  No sour grapes here.  Others in the office that were eligible for bonuses didn’t receive one either.  No time to spend moaning and groaning!  I am on track for the stupid IRS debt and that 2% raise gives me back the payroll deduction amount I lost at the beginning of the year.  I am seeing a lot less in  my monthly paychecks with all of the adjustments but I am still on track.  That is because of SERIOUS planning and THINKING about every purchase I make.  It’s also because I no longer have a reluctant spouse to drag along on the road to financial peace!!  I do worry that suddenly I am going to fall off the wagon and wake up and have a new high end luxury car in my driveway–or some other insane purchase.  Not because I want or even think about a luxury car or any other major purchase but just like an alcoholic envisioning waking up in an alley!   It’s all about keeping things in my conscience thinking and this blog helps with that tremendously.

My church is offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning in early March.  $100.  I am thinking about making that investment.

Sold Gold


My grocery store has this cheesy kiosk place that buys gold and silver.  My clean up of jewelry had yielded some completely random (dare I say hideous?!) gold jewelry items that I didn’t think would sell on ebay.  It was a trip down memory lane to even see this stuff as they were gifts from high school boyfriends.  I was definitely not wearing them anymore.  So before flying out on business this afternoon and right before an orthodontist appointment for DD, I ran into the store to see what I could get for this gold.  I had done a little research online but I wasn’t going to kill myself wondering if I could get something better out there with these particular item for a whole host of reasons.  I ended up selling 6 pieces (2 chains, 2 rings, a pair of earrings and a pendant) for $480!  I was hoping for $250 so that was a pleasant surprise!  This money has gone straight to the IRS fund. 

The final for 3 items on Ebay was $534–after fees and postage.  Adding this to my gold sale brings the IRS fund to $1014.  I threw in $1.00 (lol!) and the IRS fund is at $2,165.  I am so proud!!!  I still need to figure out options on selling my wedding rings but this progress feels good.

I also thought of another (hopeful) source of income that I will NOT count before hatching, but my company gives us bonuses at the end of February.  We will find out in mid February what the amount is and then it is paid on February 23.  While I had hoped I could put any bonus dollars toward my regular debt, that was not in the cards I suppose.  I’ll still push forward on “finding” money but at least the bonus is another way to avoid new debt and stay on track.