I got a 4.5% raise. Just a tad more than inflation. After taxes, insurance, 401k and giving are deducted, I am left with the generous amount of...$94 a month.
Now what shall I do with it? My boss suggested subscribing to Netflicks. That's his answer for everything. What's the meaning of life?...Netflicks. I don't need any more entertainment right now.
I could buy something I have always wanted. Hmm, my want list says birkenstocks, a sun hat, wallet, and shorts. Not very exciting really. Plus if I buy myself everything I want what will I ask people to buy me for Christmas?
How about more travel money? Too bad I don't have more vacation time.
I can spend more on food so people at work won't make fun of me for eating the same thing all week. But who wants to be just like everyone else?
I could save up for a new paint job for my truck. It has some scratches and peeling spots. But then I will worry about every new ding and scratch. Everything here has thorns. They don't call them Arizona pin-stripes for nothing.
How about re-decorate the RV? Those pink curtains are quite dated. But I've lived with them 8 years, I think I can survive a few more years.
I could put some money in to my poor car that was chewed on by pack rats, get it running again and sell it. But I'm emotionally attached because it was my first car and I'm not ready to sell it yet.
Ok ok, if you've been reading this blog for more than one day you can probably guess what I will be doing with my new found riches. That's right...it's going towards the mortgage. Predictable, I know, but this raise (and hopefully next years raise) will take a whole month off of my mortgage plan(as long as no other unexpected bills show up). How could I pass up the possibility of being mortgage free a whole month sooner? I think I'm obsessing but I like it!