Wifey Got A Raise

@porwest (32809)
United States
September 26, 2020 10:09am CST
It is always nice when you work for a company that not only appreciates the hard work you do, and the contribution you make with a pat on the back and a thank you in person, but also with putting a little more money in your pocket. And that is exactly what my wife's employer did. She got a 2% raise. On the surface, 2% is not much, but it is certainly better than nothing, and any more money is always a plus. I am happy for her, and our bank account will be happy too.
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@myklj999 (49204)
• United States
26 Sep
My wife always used to get a rise out of me
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
26 Sep
Mine still does. Ahem. In fact, I told her I had a little bonus for her in mind as well. That aside, we ate dinner and fell asleep. So much for that. lol
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@allen0187 (41701)
• Philippines
26 Sep
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@MALUSE (62432)
• Germany
26 Sep
You haven't revealed what your wife's current salary is. 2% of, say, Mark Zuckerberg's salary would be nice whereas 2% of the salary of a pizza deliverer wouldn't be so impressive.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
2 Oct
She makes about $40,000 a year. So, it's not much overall. But any extra money is nice even if we won't spend it.
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@MALUSE (62432)
• Germany
2 Oct
@porwest Thanks for the answer.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
2 Oct
@MALUSE You are welcome.
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@moffittjc (91122)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Sep
I recently retire from my city job after 20 years of service. Prior to the Great Recession, we were lucky to get 3% raises. During the Great Recession we got no raises, but were just happy to still have jobs. After the Great Recession, our raises were always either 1.5% or 2% each year. I wouldn't complain about it except for the fact that it wasn't even keeping up with inflation, and on top of that our medical insurance costs were increasing 8-10% per year. So for about the last 10-12 years, my take-home pay was actually going down each year despite the meager raises. But again, not complaining, I was happy to get any increases I could.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
2 Oct
Beating inflation is the key, and when other costs go up that sure can eat away at any gains you might make. But, when you weigh in on the fact that you had a city job, you get to enjoy many benefits most other people don't get. That pension alone might make up for any earlier losses.
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@moffittjc (91122)
• Gainesville, Florida
2 Oct
@porwest I’m going to do my best to live as long as I can to collect as much of my pension as I can!
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
2 Oct
@moffittjc I don't blame you. You can bet that would be aim as well.
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• Shenzhen, China
27 Sep
Wow,this was a awesome news this year.due to the epidemic,many companys suffered a lot,even some folks got unemployed.I heard a pay raise at first time,your wife was so lucky and happy,in fact,i received a pay cut this year, hope the virus end as soon as possible.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
4 Oct
For us all, and for the sake of all of our livelihoods, this virus can be gone sooner rather than later. Life is too short and of course how we make money determines how much we can or cannot enjoy the time we have here.
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• Shenzhen, China
10 Oct
@porwest ,indeed,in addition,i believed money can free a person more,if a person own enough money,he can live a life that he wanted,don,t have to do reluctant job.A friend told me money can make a person freer, i believed it.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
11 Oct
@jefferson126 Luckily we do not rely on paychecks here. We get paychecks of course. But most of our money comes from other things.
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@CarolDM (98608)
• United States
26 Sep
That is great news for both of you. I know you are proud of her.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
26 Sep
I am always proud of my wife. When I first met her she worked in the pharmacy at Walgreens. She's been in pharmacy her whole life, and these days she works for a major hospital in St. Louis.
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@CarolDM (98608)
• United States
26 Sep
@porwest That is great.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
26 Sep
@CarolDM It's a living. That's all I know. lol
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@moonandstars (44591)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
29 Sep
i knew a person who got 0,03% raise so, this is really good. congrats!
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
29 Sep
0.03? OMG. I think I would die laughing.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
1 Oct
@porwest sorry, 0,3% but, still
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@LindaOHio (49344)
• United States
27 Sep
I can just see those $ signs in your eyes! lol Congratulations to your wife.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
28 Sep
Yes. lol. I was VERY happy. I heard cash registers ringing too.
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@LindaOHio (49344)
• United States
29 Sep
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@rakski (64347)
• Philippines
26 Sep
Congrats to your wife
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
2 Oct
Thank you.
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@rakski (64347)
• Philippines
2 Oct
@porwest welcome!
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@pumpkinjam (7565)
• United Kingdom
27 Sep
A raise is always good. I am due one soon, but it is in line with our minimum wage rather than because its deserved! 2% isn't a lot but it is a raise. I hope that little extra can go a long way to making your lives better.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
2 Oct
Well, for us, we generally do not change our lifestyle at all. Any extra goes into investments and we prefer to spend the proceeds as opposed to the principal.
• Philippines
27 Sep
Congratulations to you and your wife, Jim!
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
29 Sep
Thank you very much. All of the money will be invested.
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@RasmaSandra (36191)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Sep
Well congratulations to her. No raise is too small and the appreciation is great, After all with time it all adds up. I was always joyful when I got raises in my younger days,
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
29 Sep
Raises don't necessarily add up to much, but being recognized and paid a little more is always welcome. I wish my own company had that mindset, but raises do not exist where I work. I have to give myself a raise. lol.
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@ulinnuha (72)
• Indonesia
26 Sep
It's always wonderful to get a raise and more money. In this modern life, that's one of the prerequisites to reach and get anything wanted and be happier.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
4 Oct
One key to really enjoying ANY additional money we get, through whatever means, is finding ways to keep the principal and spend the proceeds. Over time this works out to quite a lot of additional income from income already made, and that's the point you reach when life really starts getting to be a whole lot more fun.
@1creekgirl (22896)
• United States
26 Sep
Congrats to your wife!
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
29 Sep
Thank ya, thank ya.
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@mythociate (17047)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
26 Sep
I'm glad you're more-comfortable for a while ... ... and now I'm going to ruin it I guess 'living on a set-income (with no visible possibility for a raise),' I kinda take a Keynesian view of it ... basically, that means looking at money as "how much you can buy with it" and not "how much money you have." It measures your income not as 'how much money you're getting,' but 'how much stuff you're able to buy with it.' 2% more money means 2% more stuff, yeah? ideally, but probably not, because
https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/inflation/current-inflation-rates/
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
26 Sep
On many levels I agree with this theory. However, my view of money is not what it is worth at face value, but what its INTRINSIC value is. Most people think of money in terms of simply earning it and simply spending it. If THAT is the thought process behind the money than your above theory is correct. However, most of our money is invested, and has been invested for years. We, for years lived below our means and continue to do so. The end result is that a pretty significant portion of our spendable income actually comes from interest, dividends, premiums earned on options contracts in the stock market, and proceeds from various investment strategies. The key, for us, is beating inflation. If I invest the 2% and earn 6% on the dividends that 2% earns, the inflation is cancelled out because both the principal value and the value of the interest it earns still beats inflation. I am still ahead. lol
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@Corbin5 (206865)
• United States
26 Sep
A raise of any size is a welcome event. Congratulations to your wife!
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
26 Sep
Yep. Raises are always a welcome thing. I wish I could get one in my own job, but it is what it is. I choose to work there despite it. And to be fair, I DO get SOME form of a raise. The only problem is that I have to give it to myself by selling more stuff. But imagine how much harder I would work to sell more stuff for accounts that are NOT mine if I thought helping their bottom line might also help mine with an increase in my base.
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@Susan2015 (32395)
• United States
26 Sep
Congrats to here. Always nice to get a pay raise.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
6 Oct
I never argue about more money. Now if I can get an hourly increase from MY boss. My last hourly increase was 4 years ago, although I did get a boost on my commission percentage two years ago.
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@GardenGerty (126930)
• United States
26 Sep
I will go up a step on the pay scale and get a raise. Not sure how much yet. Part of my day I actually am working at a lower pay grade. More money of any kind is nice.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
29 Sep
Congrats and hope it is nice enough to be noticeable. I never argue with more money, that's for sure.
@rhuenz (7339)
26 Sep
Congrats to your wife. I'm glad for you both.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
6 Oct
I am glad too. lol
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@Dena91 (8808)
• United States
26 Sep
What a nice surprise, especially in the days we are in. I am happy for your wife and you. Great job.
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@porwest (32809)
• United States
2 Oct
Very true. In these times when so many have lost jobs, the fact that we have been able to keep our AND raises come along as well? Win, win.
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@id_peace (12490)
• Singapore
6 Oct
Congrats, I do hope that the your financial goals will be happy too.