Money is coming in, money is going out. Here’s what is new in the Stacking Pennies household.
I got a raise. Not a bad raise, but not the ~7% raises I’ve gotten in the past. This wasn’t totally unexpected. Last year was a bit of a transition year for me at work and while I got good ratings, I didn’t have any big accomplishment to point to.
If 2013 goes as planned I will have a good justification for a promotion (maybe – these are usually in late summer, so that’s a bit early) or a really good raise (more likely). There are some specific internal political reasons that make a promotion less attractive than a raise right now, though it is hard to get a good raise without increasing your level… so we’ll see. But, 2012 didn’t go as planned (not due to my actions), so I am not banking on anything yet.
I got a small bonus in February. Yay! (Everyone got a bonus.)
We owe taxes, and per usual, it is T’s fault. I over withheld, but not enough to make up for his 2012 stipend income (which is taxable but has no taxes withheld). We still haven’t done them, but the estimate is a few thousand. (Good bye bonus!)
I did buy a few admittedly boring things with the bonus:
- New laptop bag: One of my roles at work involved me taking my laptop to/from work every day, so I needed something easier to deal with than the bulky leather bag case my dad gave me when I was in college. I checked Corporette for suggestions and decided this. It just barely fits my (not small) work laptop and accessories, and is lightweight and has pockets for organization. This will be handy for traveling too. My other role involves several trips to the east coast over the summer.
- New comforter: light weight due to T’s complaints of overheating, silk filled due to my allergies
That’s it. I also got some new running shoes and used my REI dividend/coupon for a new yoga mat.
That’s the money stuff, which has basically been on autopilot. I’m still only hoping we’ve been flying in the right directing. We checked our net worth, and it looks good, but it is partially due to the decent stock market performance this year. I should have more time to dig into my finances next month.
On a final note, work has been amazing in the past 6 months or so, and should continue to be pretty awesome. It is by no means certain, but I might get to go with some really great people to an international customer meeting in the early summer, even though I’m transitioning away from that group. Even if the trip doesn’t materialize (my hopes are already WAY up), it is nice to know that they WANTED to take me. But so much more awesome if it actually does happen. I’m going to be full time in my other role again, and they have some cool professional opportunities for me there as well (but no international trips).
We still have no news on T’s front, but all questions should be answered within about a month! Hopefully, good news soon!