Monday, March 9, 2015

Show Me (What to Do with) the Money

So on the one hand, I got an unexpected bonus at work today.

Not a fortune, but a nice little sum and a very nice surprise.

On the other hand, I had an absolutely brutal day at work.

Part of me feels that I need to just blow that surprise bonus on fun, fun, fun. Because I deserve it, and because it would help to justify the crap I have to go through on days like today.

But another part of me sees the extra money as a valuable addition to my little nest egg, the one that very soon will enable to me to get on with my life.

Because yesterday I found out that our current situation is much harder on Precocious Daughter than I previously suspected. That's from her own mouth. She wants to move on.

In that case, every dollar counts. And less fun now will help us both find more happiness in a little while.

Of course, all the money in the world won't buy me courage.

But I'm leaning toward the nest egg. Because to me the future looks bright, and I want it to get here as soon as possible.

What do you think, Drunkards?


  1. Ugh. So, from the most fiscally reckless person ever, I'm advising hang on to it to get out of the bad situation. Think of it as delayed gratification. Also. Ugh

  2. As much as I would love to say "Free money! WOOOOOO!" and suggest some frivolous pampering, PD has the right idea. For your own sanity and hers, save all you can and move on as soon as possible. You'll feel better in the long run.

  3. I'm in two minds about this. On the one hand PD is quite right and I can see that this situation is untenable. On the other hand just reasons of psychological health require R&R once in a while. If your break down that won't do PD any good either.

    I suppose a compromise - spend part, save the rest - is out of the question?

  4. Bonuses are great, especially when unexpected. I would suggest that you and PD go out to dinner and maybe to a movie (or even buy a movie) and save the rest towards your future. At least go do a little something fun for the two of you to help relax and take your minds off things for a bit.

  5. I'd like to echo Bill's and Jen's idea of spending a little now and saving the rest. But if that's not an option save it. If you think about it a little differently money can buy you courage. Don't think of it as a nest egg. Think of it as a landing pad. The more padding you can add to it the softer your eventual landing will be.

  6. Cheap fun can be had, and is definitely worth having. Courage is harder to find, but I would look to your PD for that. If she's not good motivation, I can't think of any.


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