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Gravy Raise

November 9th, 2017 at 08:25 pm

I know I have said in the past that living in a high cost region has several advantages. Most of it was more region specific advantages, but some of it is directly related to the higher cost of living.

On the higher cost side, if the second income is pure gravy, the gravy is bigger. (Because wages are higher).

We seem to be experiencing this right now. MH received a 3% raise this year. (His raise last year already corrected for minimum wage increase January 2018). His pay was going to be something like $xx.5875. Seriously!? This was driving me crazy because I always just calculate his check (he gets paid before we get his pay stub).

Then, while he was in Florida his last paycheck hit and it was all wrong. For the first time in two years, it was not right. But it was to his favor. He always gets his pay before his pay stub so I had to wait to figure it out. On his pay stub, which I could see a few days later, they had given him an 8% raise instead. But he had already received the weird pay rate for one pay period. I figured it was a mistake.

Anyway, MH had a chance to bring it up this week and he was told by his supervisor that he thinks the manager gave him the raise. He confirmed that today. They gave him a nice raise, and no one bothered to tell him. {I told MH that from my experience pretty much no one looks at their pay stub. So, most people wouldn't even notice. I can't believe they didn't tell him}.

This is a nice surprise! The gravy is getting bigger. Oh, and it is a nice round amount that is easy to remember. I like that part too.

When I initially said the gravy is bigger in our high cost region, I was thinking that he could easily find a job making $50k or $60k per year. Is more what I was getting at, when I said this several years ago. But this works too. (Working very seasonal/part-time/minimum-wage for now, for reference. But is also definitely more than it would be in most areas of the country).


We went to a free movie (advanced screening) on Tuesday night. MH really wanted to take me because it had really good reviews. In the end, it was a small turnout. We were running a little late and got stuck in a lot of traffic, but it worked out because there wasn't a long line. The movie was Ladybird. It was really good. This was definitely a fun one to see at a screening because the movie was set in Sacramento and was filmed here.

Usually MH feels a compulsiveness to see everything, and he sees a lot of crap. But I will say that there were some really good movies this year. It seems more than usual.

8 Responses to “Gravy Raise”

  1. terri77 Says:

    Yay for the unexpected raise! That is a good amount of gravy. Smile

  2. Dido Says:

    Congrats on MH's unexpected raise--and thanks for the review on Ladybird. It's coming to my local theatre around Thanksgiving, so I'll make a note to see it over the holiday weekend.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Sweet raise!!

  4. snafu Says:

    Congratulations to DH on raise. Thanks for head's up on Ladybird. Did he see Victoria and Abdul? I'm waiting for it to transfer to our neighbourhood theatre but wonder if it''s any good.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    A gravy raise! What a great phrase, and so descriptive. Congrats.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    That's terrific about the unexpected pay raise. More gravy!

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    snafu- You picked a movie that he did not see. (He said they did not pre-screen that one locally). I hadn't heard of it but it sounds interesting.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Snafu - I saw Victoria and Abdul. Really liked it!

    Great news on the raise!

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