Post # 1
so first the great news!… my promotion goes into affect June 13 and my new payraise ($11k more than now) will be on my first check after the wedding!!!!!
bad news – it’s not til after the wedding…
let’s start off by – last year I applied for two jobs – actually was offered both! one was the one i’ve been DYING to do for a few years and another one was a great opportunity as well. The first one – and the one I took – had two steps to it…1. train for 6 months at a lower pay level (but higher than where I was) then in 6 months get promoted to the higher paygrade.
The second job would have automatically started me AT that higher paygrade.
Taking the first job (which I did) I KNEW would actually be – while technically a “raise” lower pay at first than what I was currently making because my old position had TONS of overtime and was hourly. This new position (that I took) was salery and NO overtime – so because of the no overtime I actually took a pay-cut to get a pay raise…so obviously I kept looking forward to the after 6 months I’d get my promotion…
thing is – last year I got the new position in JULY…”technically” the timeline is we get trained for 6 months and then the promotion should have kicked in then in February (as long as you’ve learned everything you should…) problem is – THEY screwed up our training (there were three of us total) and we literally sat for 2.5 months doing NOTHING while they tried to figure out a training plan – and now instead of 6 months it’s been 11!!!! ugh.
so yeah – this entire year – RIGHT BEFORE OUR WEDDING – i took the job i really wanted (and don’t get me wrong, i’m happy i did and i LOVE LOVE LOVE my job) but I took it, knowing it’d be at first a lower pay with NO overtime…and so i’ve been looking forward to “when my promotion kicks in” thinking it’d be before the wedding…but yeah – my freakin’ luck – it’s literally the day AFTER my wedding that I’ll get it.
Believe me – I know I have no room to really complain – being that I HAVE a job that I LOVE and that it pays VERY well. but it still sorta sucks. BUT – again – I am very excited (although it’s bittersweet) – i absolutely LOVE my job and am just very happy and lucky to have one! now all of our “after the wedding” plans can happen! lol
Post # 3
That is still a HUGE pain in the butt. I didn’t get part of my educational leave dinero until the July after we got married. Totally could’ve used it a couple months earlier!
Trust me, being a salaried employee is totally worth it. Especially with no overtime! Think about how great the mental health benefit is of that! All my friends work salaried jobs and most of them work 50+ hours a week. Salary+no overtime is VERY rare and totally awesome. Because employers totally take advantage of the fact that you’re salaried otherwise.
Post # 4
Congratulations!I know that’s bitter sweet but just think of how nice it will be to start your new life of on the right foot.
Post # 5
Congrats! think of it this way, you’ll have an easier time paying off the first credit card statement after the wedding 🙂
Post # 6
@EJSY8 – that’s something else – another reason I turned the 2nd position down – it was salaried as well – but they REQUIRED at LEAST 10 hour of over time – and NO overtime pay!!! yeah – i was NOT going to do THAT! lol.
thanks guys – i know i just need to put things into perspective. believe me – i’m SO excited it’s finally here – it’s just frustrating because we’ve been paycheck to paycheck for SO long while paying for the wedding with CASH and not having ANY extra moeny to spend on ANYTHING…even using – right now – some of the wedding money coming in to buy present for my bridal party and parents…
and anyone reading this – please don’t think i’m not greatful – I do thank god every day that I even HAVE a job let alone getting a promotion – but i guess i’m just a little bitter that it didn’t happen in enough time to help out with the wedding. :p
Post # 7
Well, then technically, if you average out what you make per hour, you probably make less!!!
One of my friends works about 70 hours a week. We have the same salary, give or take two thousand dollars, but when you break it down per hour, I end up ‘making’ like $10 more than her. I’d much rather not work the overtime. 40 hours a week is a blessing!!!
Anyways, she pretty much hates her life b/c it’s all work and no play. I think when you’re in that situation, you realize you’d rather take a pay cut so you CAN have a work-life balance.
I don’t think you sound ungrateful btw =].
Post # 8
yup. i AM very excited though – all of our “after the wedding” conversations WILL happen! lol
one good thing – even though we DIDN’T have the money when we thought we would (before/for the wedding) – we DIDN’T put ANYTHING on credit cards…and once the promotion hits, (after the wedding…) I will be able to start throwing money at the debt we DO have that we’re trying to pay down! and NOT have to worry about saving FOR the wedding!