Today has turned into a GREAT day! My boss told me she was putting in the adjustment to my salary of $100 a month to make up for the lost side job income AND also giving me a raise at the same time, since apparently I was going to have a review next month anyway (I was not aware of this)..............another $5,000/yr on top of that! I am beyond happy to hear this news. So, now I will be up to $72,200 a year (with $1200 of that being what I used to earn from the side job) plus the other bigger side job I do of approximately $9000 a year, bringing me up to $81k a year. If we keep getting the 10% bonus, that will put me to almost $90k a year in income.
literally jumping for joy at this news. Now I will be able to start
contributing to my 401k plan again and take advantage of the 50%
matching my company does. I haven't yet decided how much of it to
contribute, but probably $150 a month and leave the other $200 (after
taxes) for us to absorb into things we always need for our regular
expenses, repairs, etc and could always use the extra money for each month.