(Closed) Money VS Happiness

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What would you do given my situation?
    Take the job and lose the money : (30 votes)
    91 %
    Turn down the job and keep the trip : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 2
    849 posts
    Busy bee

    Is there anyway you can talk to the to new job and see if you can miss the event on 3/5/16?

    Post # 3
    336 posts
    Helper bee

    Just to confirm, the new company is not willing to change your start date? They know about your trip and can’t do anything about it?

    If it’s absolutely not possible to go on the trip…I would vote for cancelling the trip and accepting the new job. It’s a total bummer that you’ll lose out on the money and vacation, but at least you’ll be able to spend more time with your Darling Husband on a regular basis. I would think long-term instead of short-term. Also, that vacation (though amazing sounding) would have been a one-time 10-day deal. You could be stuck in your current job for another several months! Is that worth it to you to go on the trip?

    Finally, if the new company isn’t willing to budge on the vacation, can you negotiate 10 days off at a different time? You won’t have enough money saved up to go to Europe, but maybe you could do a small trip somewhere nearby. You’d at least experience a “getaway” so to speak.

    Post # 4
    888 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I agree that you should talk to your future employeer and explain you already booked a non-refundable trip on that date. If it’s really not negotiable and you have to be there, could your fiance bring a friend or family member in your place? I personally wouldn’t turn down a job opportunity in order to take a vacation. 

    Post # 5
    774 posts
    Busy bee

    netto614:  Can you buy trip insurance? And then get sick or something and not be able to make it? Would that allow you to recoup some of those costs? Completely nonrefundable almost a year out is crap. Other idea would be can you transfer the trip to other friends? Or gift it to a charity to raffle off and at least get the tax deduction?

    Post # 6
    1308 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would say take the job…but are you sure you can’t miss this?  I mean I get vital, but did you just ask?  Are they aware you have already paid for this trip?

    I find it hard to believe they would tell you too bad, especially so far out, but oh well…who knows.

    Post # 8
    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    What are your chances of finding another job that could make you happy?

    If chances are slim, then I would think of it this way – the money is gone and you cannot get it back, so put it out of your mind.

    Which would you choose:

    – Unhappy job and amazing 10 day vacation

    – Happy job and no vacations for over a year


    Post # 9
    1587 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    This is a no brainer! You can be happy for 10 days in 2016 on that trip, or you can be happy for 365 days when you are in a better job. 

    Job hunting is TOUGH, and you even said you’ve been looking for months. Why would you pass up such a good opportunity. Work = daily life. Travel is not once in a lifetime. Eating the $3500 hurts but you’ll be so much better off overall.

    Post # 10
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    netto614:  It was really hard for me to vote, because I know I would just be sick to my stomach losing that money. However, your daily happiness is more important. I’m sorry you have to make this decision, but I hope whatever you choose works out!

    Post # 12
    84 posts
    Worker bee

    Well this is one of those where there is no ”right” answer ( or an easy one)..But I voted B..I mean, it’s the way I see it. Good luck 🙂

    Post # 14
    770 posts
    Busy bee

    Try and sell the holiday. Some money is better than no money and I bet someone will snap your hand off for it if you give a reasonable discount. It should be easy to change names on flights and hotels. 

    Post # 15
    255 posts
    Helper bee

    Can you negotiate that your new employer pay for the holiday penalities? It’s not so unusual that new employers pay penalities that prevent employees from taking a job (like a contract breech penality)

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