Well, now I know at least a little bit of how Jennikki was feeling a while ago. My company made an announcement today that directly effects me in a major way. First of all, there will be no cost-of-living raises this year. There will be no annual bonuses this year or next. They are greatly decreasing the amount that the compamy matches in 401k contributions. And here is the real killer: I have to take a pay cut in the form of forced no-pay days off- one per month for the next six months at this point. This equals about a $140 a month pay cut for me. That's my groceries. That's my meds.
I will either have to tighten my belt to a painful degree, or start dipping into what little savings I have to live on. There goes most of my income tax return. So much for playing the good consumer and helping the economy. Those HD TVs that are on sale- I won't be buying one. Or a new computer. Or anything. The stores will not be seeing my smiling face. I'll be lucky to be able to afford food. It's a good thing that gas prices are still reasonable.
Don't get me wrong, I am still greatful to have my job, my benefits, my home, my pets, family and friends. This is a big hit, though. And I worry a lot about what's next. At this point I find myself waiting with anxiety for the other shoe to drop, as they say.
I need a drink.