Yes, you saw that right a 3% raise.
But it’s not only me, it’s a government thing. Most government employees are given this raise every year to keep in line with the Consumer Price Index (The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of changes, over time, in retail prices of a constant basket of goods and services representative of consumption expenditure by resident households in Australian metropolitan areas.)
But the one good thing about this raise is that, it is going to be backdated. Over a 7 month period. That’s 14 payslips. Then the owing amounts is to be provided in a lump sum. Suffice to say it’s turned out to be a fair bit of dosh. My next paycheque will be a total of 150% of my normal gross total. But that of course dumps me into the next tax bracket, so my net pay is actually only going to be 133% of what it would normally be, go figure.
But still that’s an extra 33% on top of my normal income coming in this pay. An extra $650. Dear god, what I could do with that money… *drools and dreams of a walrus singing of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings*
I aim to be sensible.
I plan to plug at least $400 of that extra $650 into debt. And then take the $200 as splurge money. I may join a gym again. I may buy a game. I may only blow $50 and put the remainder into debt. Whatever. Mainly I can do what I want with it.
I wrote the previous paragraphs, a day before payday.
Now that I have the money, I’ve decided on what I’m splurging on.
I’m getting a guitar.
Yup, you heard that right. I will now begin to mangle my music with my hamfisted, sausage fingered, tin eared self.
So not ONLY will you be subjected to my dating mishaps, my budget failures, my impersonations of Jabba the Hutt with my stomach, my general facepalm moments in life… now you will also be treated to my awesomely disastrous attempts in learning how to play a guitar.
Cover your ears, lock up your children, hide your alcohol and tighten those chastity belts.
Captain Sweatpants is discovering his inner musician. 😀