Okay, so I know I say this a lot. But I have the best boss ever.
He works around my health problems, and pretty much doesn’t care if I have to lie down to rest… so long as the emails are answered in a reasonable amount of time.
Also, he pays me well. Also, he gave me a significant raise this year. Also, he doubled last year’s bonus.
I opened the envelope and let out a high-pitched yelp of surprise. Then I just stood there, holding the check and blinking.
Don’t get me wrong, I put in real effort at my job. I work hard to be sure I’m helping people as much as I can. The company matters to me — and not just because without it I’m not sure that I could work. Still, at the end of the day, I’m just a customer service representative.
I wrote him a letter thanking him for everything he’s done. Most people will never know how it feels to get a paycheck after thinking you might never be able to work at all.
Now I’m just turning over the bonus’s possibilities in my head. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
1. Taxes: Twenty percent right off the top between federal and state taxes.
2. Pay off the car: We don’t have a ton left on there, but I’d love to just be done with it.
3. Top off the emergency fund: I’ve talked about a reasonable stopping point for an emergency fund. For now, I’m going to call it $5,000.
4. Start a “real” savings account: It’ll be there in case of an emergency, but it’ll also be accessible for home improvement projects… of which there are many. Capital One will be happy for my bonus too.
5. Pay off the credit card: We would have just about been paid off this month, but a few expenses reared their heads. The car tabs ($171), the renewal of the termite protection plan ($281) and the 90-day mail-order supply of meds ($225).
6. Fun money: According to Liz Weston, you should take 10% of any windfall and have some fun with it. I’m not willing to do that much. But I did agree to break down and finally get a Nintendo 3DS XL for myself. The rest will have to be decided later.
First thing’s first, though. As soon as that check clears, I’m making the final payment on the car and doing a happy dance.