I received a 5% raise this year, in addition to an extra week of vacation (putting my vacation time back to what I was used to at my last job). I was more than happy with all of the above. Certainly better than the usual 3% COLA raise.
After 20 years of January 1 raises (across multiple jobs), I certainly didn't expect a pay bump again until January.
But my boss was being silly and for whatever reason was looking at things and felt like he should have bumped me up to the next big round number. (He felt bad about this). ❓ So I got a $2K raise! Woohoo! Retroactive to January 1.
How's that for random!?
This is turning in to a "have my cake and eat it too" year. I made the very unusual decision to lower our savings amounts and to increase our spending this year. Increasing spending is not something we do, nor is decreasing savings. I guess both were weird, but we lost a big tax credit this year, so I wasn't able to even add $100/month to our spending budget without decreasing savings goals.
I'll be able to bump up savings by $100/month (with raise) and will start reflecting that in my March numbers.