Today was a snow day. The Federal Government shut down and my firm closed for the day. That means a day off but with no pay ! I work part time and with that comes unpaid holidays, vacation and snow days. I could make up the day on Thursday, except I’ve already made plans to drive my daughter to her in-laws. It looks like I’ll be out a day’s pay next paycheck. Sigh.
I was also told there will be no Christmas bonuses this year at my firm. It was a slow year, and taxes were a lot higher than expected. There just wasn’t any money left over for bonuses. Being that I do the bookkeeping, the numbers don’t lie. I guess that is what happens with small businesses. Last year I received two week’s pay, and it was so nice to get. I’m just glad this year’s Christmas budget was low and that I stayed within budget!
Now it’s getting close to the end of 2013, and after reviewing my original 2013 budget it was clear that I veered way off with all of the home improvements we did. It’s time to buckle down and really look at 2014′s budget. I’ll be working and re-working the numbers over the next couple of weeks. With college expenses looming, I will have to stay vigilant with the numbers.
Let’s hope I have a chance at staying on budget this time.
Anyone counting on a holiday bonus this year?