I was just thinking about how much of an asshole I was to our au pairs when I was growing up. I used to think they got compensated well: room and board, plus trips with us, a couple hundred dollars a week (in the early '90s), and my dad was home and helped in the afternoons. But now I'm not so sure it was that great?
@Beans I kept thinking "Oh my god the packaging" but then I thought I was being overly Portlandy.
@garli Same! I moved in after five months, but money wasn't really an issue (his place was more expensive and I was paying some crazy low rent). He needed a roommate and I had wanted to move out for a few months. I still get nervous when friends want to move in with their SO's after a few months but then realize that's exactly what I did.
Now I'm trying to figure out whether its the Nike or Intel campus that has a cemetery next to it.
@la_di_da I have a credit card that I only charge about $300 or so a month to and pay it off every month (or the occasional big thing like my yearly car instance payment that I pay with my credit card but put a certain amount towards it in my savings acct each month). I'm sure that keeps my credit in the "good" range, I guess I'm just weirdly attached to my student loans somehow.
I'm just so excited that I have to contribute for the first time. My student loans get paid automatically every month so I just decided to look at the balance: $3,698.70. I've got $6,111.09 in that savings account so I could pay it off entirely, but I'm scared to not have that number be above 3,000 for some reason (emergencies, yearly car insurance payment coming up). I know the loan interest is much higher than my savings interest but it just feels safer to have a little bit of loan? For some reason? Anyway, probably going to throw 2,500 at it today and finish it off by June. Anyone else feel weird about small loans going away? I think because a banker told me it helps maintain my great credit scores? Eek.
Oh my god absolutely bring it up to payroll or HR. They probably know they messed up (and are freaking out and crying about it if they are me in my office) but if they don't they need to know, like, three minutes ago. Plus it makes things harder to reconcile when you have a bunch of ins and outs correcting payrolls. So definitely, if you are supposed to be getting paid on a scheduled basis, bring it up to someone who can do something about it.