I've done this a couple of times in order to avoid buying expensive lunch at work. Someone always comes and asks if I want to go somewhere and because I have no self control and also happen to manage the office cash I just end up taking money out from it and pay back the next day, because Chinese food beats oatmeal.
@stuffisthings I actually once owned an apartment and blew through the would-be-my-new-down-payment-money I got from selling it (a lot of champagne, a wardrobe full of clothes that I no longer fit in, many happy memories of wonderful meals in Michelin-starred restaurants in New York and Paris, Tiffany&Co, basically) because I don't really know why except I am an idiot maybe. I now rent. So, yeah.
I would love a Billfold confessional feature, where we all (and by all I mean me) could confess our money fuck-ups to Logan via e-mail and get a reassuring answer. I tend to beat myself up very hard about money, and my friends are all weird about this shit and never talk about money except for how much their houses cost.
@forget it i quit This exactly. The bonuses are in many cases part of the actual annual income more than a real "bonus". For a lot of people it's not money that you can update your Porsche with, it's just... salary, and when you're hired they always factor that in and justify paying you just a little less because of it.
@lizard No really? They do? In other words, I didn't get this comment, but thanks anyway!
A friend recently visited Estonia on a group trip, and their bus driver was 79 years old. His wife was 82, and still working as a cleaning lady / janitor. It's apparently a thing there, because these old people (I don't know if it's all old people or just some though) get no social security or pension. They get next to no money if they don't work.
I was in the hospital last week for two days. They did countless blood tests, chest x-rays, I had three different kind of specialists see me and they even gave me food. When I left and asked about how I pay the nurse informed me that they'll just send an invoice. For approx. 28 euros. I consider myself a very happy taxpayer indeed.
@ThatJenn Thanks for the answers! It's pretty sweet that you get paid sick time without a doctor's note. It's somewhat frustrating to go see a doctor just to get a note. Not to mention expensive (in our case to the employer usually). I think part of why they're so anal about the medical certificates here is because employers get reimbursement from the social insurance institution for paid sick leave after it's been two weeks and they absolutely can't get their money without it.
@ThatJenn & @redheaded&crazy How does this work in the US (I'm assuming that's where you both work)? How long can you stay home with just "I'm sick" or whatever? In here, in general you can only get a sick leave for 1-3 days without a medical certificate (a document signed by a doctor stating your inability to work during a certain period of time), because we get paid sick leave. The reason / diagnose has to be stated in the medical certificate, so if you're ever absent for longer than a couple of days (and in some places you need this from the first day), at least someone in your company will know for sure. It can get weird in a small company, like mine, where I am responsible for collecting these documents. I try not to look at the diagnose because I don't need to know, but sometimes people also assume that I AM GOING TO KNOW ANYWAY and give an unsolicited explanation for their absence, which can be horribly awkward.
What? I always, always lie about what I make in my current job when applying to a new one. This would be, like, DOOM. I doubt that kind of business could happen here, though you never know.