Additional things learned while doing the TMMO

Back before we started on the DR plan I handled all the finances and dh went along for the ride. During the first 35 or so years of our marriage whatever his employer, or employer representative said was pretty much the law and he never questioned them, even where his paycheck was concerned.
During those years we had paychecks bounce with two different employers, one employer that took out taxes, insurance, 401K and put them in his own pocket rather than where they belonged, one employer that filed bankruptcy and then tried to deny dh ever worked for him and other incidents. I, of course, had to deal with all these situations and got all of them worked out, eventually. Dh simply left it up to me to take care of rather than “rock the boat.”
Fast forward to January 2013, you will remember the comptroller that with no warning changed our paydays, then shorted the guys more than once on OT on one check and would move it to 1-2 paychecks away. Only this time, because of his education from DR and me dh handled both those incidents quite well and the owner came down hard on the comptroller.
So the other night when dh casually mentioned he and the comptroller had been at it again I had no concerns. This time it was over travel time money, only the comptroller was too cowardly to even face dh herself, she sent her minion to do it. She was refusing to pay for the 10 hours travel time due to flight delays and such.
The minion was sent to ask dh what in the world that 10 hours OT was when he was out of the office on “his own time”. Dh replied to her politely that he was traveling for the company per their request and therefore working for the company and it would fall into the “networking” section of the overhead budget. I was impressed he even knew where to tell them what account to charge it to.
Minion went back to comptroller, comptroller sent minion back saying that they wouldn’t pay for it. Dh told minion they had always paid for travel time and in fact he knew of 10 employees that were in the field right now getting paid travel time, plus rental car, plus hotel etc and that he had taken time away from his family on a holiday weekend to fly on much delayed flights to Las Vegas and then endangered his life flying back in a snow and ice storm on delayed flights again for the company and he WOULD be paid for it.
Minion went to boss, skipping comptroller, dh got paid! What a difference having the self assurance to stand up to his bosses, due to financial knowledge makes. Before starting the TMMO plan dh would have never had the knowledge or the courage to stand up to them about the travel time.

That’s great that you can take that $1,000

and put it on Sallie Mae! Great job in paying off all the other debt!!! You are killing it! Just think that when Sallie Mae is done, you can start putting that $1,000 into retirement with payday loans for bad credit! Then you will REALLY see your nest egg grow! Make sure you read the chapter in Total Money Makeover about investments. Don’t put your money in low income bonds and such. Get the best return on your mutual funds as you can. You need all the growth and dividends you can get.
I’m assuming your youngest child is 13? Based on the child support stopping in 2018? I would think that you could cut some kid expenses too if they could do some work outside the home for their own cell phones, entertainment, and food?
What budget numbers do you have in other categories? Maybe we could make suggestions and help you cut further? This board is FANTASTIC in thinking outside the box and finding ways to cut expenses without cutting out the things that truly matter. Give it a try and let us help.

Got great deals at Smart and Final

buy a $100 gift card for Lowe’s and get $15 off next grocery purchase. Already had picked out the stove I needed at Lowe’s for my rental so bought four cards and applied them to the purchase at Lowe’s but came out with $60 toward holiday groceries. Also Costco had two $25 gift cards for Dickies Barbeque for $39 with an immediate $10 rebate so the pack was $29 plus tax for the $50 worth of cards. Pays to look around.

Kinda hate to mention it after the last fiasco

DH was offered a sales job. It’s a reasonable commute, with decent hours. The good news is it is $25,000 more than we thought it would be, plus commission, but it is a year long sales cycle, so it’s unlikely we would see anything additional for 10 months or so. It is $25,000 less than he was making, but at this point in time, I don’t care.
The employer was exceptionally conscious of the fact that this salary was much less than what he had been making, so they made the offer they did (he had been told it was going to be in the $40-45k range) so that he would be more likely to accept it and stay.
We are cautiously optimistic.
It comes at an opportune time, as we were notified that despite having a positive benefits balance with unemployment, Tier 1 federal benefits would have ended Dec 28. the good news is that would have paid rent for January, but then we would have been in deep trouble.
On the add’l positive front, there are rumours that my holiday hire company might keep me on after holiday, the little girl I take to/from preschool 3 days a week is going to go daily starting in January and they offered me the extended gig first, which I accepted this week, and my tutoring gig has booted up to 4 days a week ($80/wk) vs. 3.
So we are hopeful that come January, after the dust settles, we will be able to use Dh’s salary to pay basics (rent, utilities, car pmt, gas) and my income to rebuild our EF and start paying creditors off.
I’m with Melanie. After 10 months of unemployment, I am horrifically gunshy about how close we came to not having a roof over our head. We would not have made it if Dh’s previous employer hadn’t cashed out his vacation and given him a severance so he wouldn’t sue, plus my 2 oldest helping out here and there.
My plan is: get the 4 walls current (car, utilities). That will actually take most of January.
Get the $1000 EF. Pay minimums on everything else. This will probably take all of Feb.
Get another $1000 in the EF, $2k pays rent for 1 month. This will probably take all of March. Still pay minimums.
Pay off the creditors who were willing to work with us these past 60 days (vs small to large.) I AM REALLY GRATEFUL for Dave making this statement in FPU and TMMO: “You can’t live in plastic. You don’t neglect paying the 4 walls and pay Mastercard instead.”
These past 2 months (state of CA had a “hiccup” in their EDD payments, no one got paid for TWO MONTHS!) I have just ignored the plastic people. It took everything I made just to make rent and keep the car only 30 days-ish out. And clearly only by the grace of God were we able to do it.
So anyway….hopefully all positives coming this way.

If you’re gonna do research..

You need to be thorough. I just saw this research poll on my Facebook feed:
What is your opinion of capitol one credit cards?
1 – I like them
2 – I neither like them nor dislike them
3 – I dislike them
4 – I am not familiar with this brand

Sadly, they didn’t have this choice:
5 – I hate them with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns…

I am bummed

The vw bus will hold only six with 3 front seats. That won’t work. I guess I am saving for another suburban. I love the original bus in the aqua color. I know a guy who has one restored mint and it has been signed by all the beach boys. I love, love LOVE it !

That cracks me up that there’s another VW bus fan out there

One of my girlfriends is just gaga over VW buses. Dunno why. And there’s a classic old VW Bus in our area which has a giraffe paint scheme. Yep, big irregular beige patches against a darker golden/brown background. No idea how they came up with that idea but it’s a well-known bus in these parts. And then there’s a VW Bus down in the Portland area that has been very lovingly restored and is now used to tour the PNW; it’s well known enough that it was written up in Sunset magazine, and it has its own Facebook page (don’t ask me what it is). But I guess you’re in good company – lots of VW Bus fans out there. Now every time I see that giraffe Bus, I’ll think of you.