Thursday, May 6, 2010

Furlough Day Blues

This week I got my first paycheck that had furlough days on it. They took two days of pay out of our May paycheck, and they will be taking one day out of June and two days out of July.

Two days doesn't sound like that much, does it? But when I saw my check, I realized how much two days really is. Blerg.

I had tried to counteract that money by doing three hours of class coverage, attending a paid training, doing a five hour Parent Summit on a Saturday, and going to a paid learning teams meeting. Unfortunately, one day of coverage and the meeting were too close to the end of the month, so those will be on my June check. The training and the Parent Summit hours somehow didn't make it onto my check (I followed up and they should be deposited around the 15th). On the plus side, my raise finally went through and I got about $200 of retroactive pay (thank goodness. If not for that I would really be hurting!)

All in all, my check was short around $250. Which, during a month that I have my car insurance due, it's Mother's Day, my roommate's birthday, and a parking ticket to pay...was rough.

As of now, I only put $100 toward my credit card this month. I budgeted everything out, and any unspent money at the end of the month will go toward my Capital One card. Also, if the money comes through next week for those extra hours, I'll be able to add another $100 or so.

The thing that kills me is that my Capital One credit card is SO close to being paid off. The balance is just under $400. I SO want to get one of the cards paid off. I think it will feel great and will motivate me to keep on going. I am really working on scooping up any extra opportunities this month. So far I have attended my regular learning teams meeting and covered one class. I also have another learning teams meeting scheduled on the 19th, so that's three hours guaranteed. I am hoping for at least five hours on this check, but we shall see. I am just crossing my fingers that I can pay it off next month, but even that is up in the air.

Anyway, that's where this all stands. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go withdraw my cash for the envelope system.


  1. A furlough day is an unpaid day off. So we have more days off in May and June, but we lose pay for those days.

  2. ohhh ok. I don't think we have those here. We can take a day without pay for something if we wish (we apply for it) but most don't as it wreaks havoc on a pension. Thanks for explaining.