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I got a raise...i'm so under-excited

February 12th, 2016 at 05:00 pm

My annual raise was even lower than last year, at 1.85%. I think it works out to about $56 per biweekly paycheck, or $1500 annually.

We're going to have bitter cold temps here in Connecticut starting tomorrow afternoon through Sunday. Minus 20 or 30 degrees at night! As long as my car starts, I don't plan to let it interfere with my plans, which include going out tomorrow morning into early afternoon but that's about it.

I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from work and so I can make a nice split pea soup this weekend.

I have a very small (about 4' x 6') oriental rug that is in need of repair and very likely a good cleaning. I'll be dropping it off at the rug works tomorrow. Between the cleaning ($55) and putting new fringe on ($75) plus repair of the 2 ends ($45) I could easily buy a new rug to replace it, but it has sentimental value, since my mother bought it when she vacationed in Morocco. I have to look at the label on the rug but the guy i emailed photos to said it was not Moroccan and that it was either Pakistani or Indian. Either way, it's a pretty little rug and I basically grew up with it.

I grew up in the 60s and 70s and I fondly remember our living room which my friends who came to visit thought was totally cool....in place of a couch, we had jumbo-sized floor cushions finished in burgundy and purple velvet covers my mother made, along with the little oriental rug I just mentioned, a black Baldwin baby grand piano, my step-father's huge cacti collection and lots of books, art and records. There was also a small black plastic cube table which I now have in my office.

I also like that the rug is fairly compact in size and so seems more versatile as a result.

I've been wanting to get it repaired for a few years now so I finally got around to looking into it.

On the other hand, I have a much larger oriental rug (about 12 x 12' and the same dark red color scheme that's so common with these types of rugs) in my bedroom. It was the rug my grandmother kept in her dining room for years. I've lived with it for years now, too, but honestly I'm tired of the busy pattern and it's not really my "style," or my color, so when and if I do ever move, I won't take it with me. It has served me well these many years and grandma please forgive me if I get rid of it! It can be hard to let go of "family" stuff without feeling guilty.

The one great thing about this rug is that however it was constructed was not with the usual loops, which my cats have delighted in totally shredding with their claws on other rugs I long since had to trash. This rug has stood up to 5 cats now who regularly scratch it and I long ago got tired of yelling at them to stop. The rug looks none the worse for wear. Amazing, really, although it still doesn't make me want to keep it forever.

8 Responses to “I got a raise...i'm so under-excited”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    My husbands raise was just 1.3% this year. I believe this is the lowest is has ever been. And the housing allowance that generally increases each year stayed the exact same.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    A rug that stands up to cats scratching ... amazing!

  3. Kaycee Fisher Says:




    Folks on Social Security got a 0% increase in their "pay"


  4. AnotherReader Says:

    Social Security recipients got nothing. Nada, zilch. Gas prices are down, which helps, but food prices are up. Rents are also up. I would not want to depend on Social Security as my main or only source of income now.

  5. Chatterbox Says:

    not every employee gets rises every year, I say take what you can get and be happy about it! lol

  6. My English Castle Says:

    While it is underwhelming, we haven't had a raise in five years. No one at the university has. Seems to be the way of the world these days.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    Those are the kind of raises I got at the College -- not enough to keep up with the rise in prices. Still, better than nothing -- which I sometimes got, too!

  8. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Hate to say it but typical for 10 years

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