Hope your DH gets the job!
He did! And while he was overdressed for the interview (the lady interviewing him was wearing khakis and a sweater, while other employees had jeans and t-shirts), the suit paid off: not only did she offer him an extra 5 hours a week, she's looking into getting him a raise as well. He'll start as soon as his criminal background check and references clear.
My company hires people on a full-time basis, but when the work volume is low enough they offer Voluntary Time Off: you can go home early if you like, but don't get paid. They've been offering a lot of it lately due to the U.S. economy.
Interesting. How is doing it business style different? What do you mean here? Do you mean like proper bookkeeping? Or doing things like net worth, etc.?
Well, first of all it meant I actually DID a month-end review, which I haven't really done before. I did up a page complete with categories for income and expenses, and dollar totals. Then I went through each category and made notes on it. This involved reviewing every individual transaction in a category and pulling out salient bits. The whole exercise let me discover that most of our budget categories were good estimates -- just that we had unexpected categories as expenses this month! (Medical and clothing.) One thing I changed was how I recorded income: instead of splitting it up by "my husband" and "me", I split it up by source: Company X, Corporation Y, Third Job Inc, Government Rebate, Recycling Money, Found In The Laundry Room, etc. It makes it much easier to see where, exactly, your household's income is coming from.
We did up our solid December budget last night/this morning, as we've received our final paycheck for the month. I went to the bank and deposited all the leftover change, and refilled the envelopes for December. We put $385 on my credit card for December
. Any leftover money at the end of this month will either go towards it, or roll over to January depending.
It feels weird to have a buffer and know that I'm earning January's income already. Looking so far into the future, financially, is a new feeling for me -- one that will take getting used to, but I like. Right now my main concern is that husband's current boss gave him this week off work due to a miscommunication, and he'd like to pick up some shifts. This company is a small business that is flexible, so I'm hopeful he can pick up some shifts. His training shifts at the bank will help a little bit, but I think we're still looking at a lean January. Time will tell.
I phoned back the company I applied for and they outlined three positions they were considering me for. They also let me know their hiring deadline was Feb 15, so I don't have to worry about a huge rush on that job. I'm grateful I have my steady, pays-the-bills job to fill in the meantime. In fact, I am doing a second round of testing for my potential new job this afternoon.
Tonight I will do up the freezer meals for the week, and grocery shop. The stores here are going to be open 24 hours soon, which makes me immeasurably happy due to husband's and my conflicting schedules.