My 401k balance has been very disappointing this year.
About 7 more months and DD will
be graduated and taking over her own expenses in full. It will save me
car and health insurance, as well as the $100 a month college living
expenses I give her. Not to mention other misc expenses that come up
throughout the year, but aren't a regular monthly payment, along with,
when she is here living, she uses up food, electricity, etc. She will be
moving in with her boyfriend upon graduating. If for some reason that
relationship goes south (which I highly doubt) she will most likely have
a job and get her own little apartment. If she chooses to live with us,
she'll still have to take over her own expenses, as well as pay some
rent. Either way, we'll be done supporting her.
getting close to annual reviews at work. Seems like just yesterday I
was complaining about my really crappy raise I got. I am hoping for a
better one this year, that's for sure. After my $1000 raise, I got a
copy of the annual budget (done up in Nov) and it showed I was supposed
to get $2000. I didn't question my boss about it. It was what it was,
for whatever reason. If I get only get that again, this year - and everyone
else gets those 6-10% (or more!) raises again, I will probably ask what is up. I
don't expect huge raises, but I certainly think 3% is reasonable. Last
year I got a little over 1%. Yesterday I printed out for my boss all the
"total compensation" reports that everyone gets at their annual review.
It shows total compensation, including bonus, benefits, etc, so I know
reviews are coming in the month or so. I have braced
myself for another disappointment, though. We had another stellar sales
year (already past our annual goal before year end) so it's not like
the company is struggling at all. I did keep a little word document this
year, where I wrote down some of my accomplishments throughout the
year. That is one of the things we have to list 3 in our "self reviews"
and most of the time I totally forget all the little accomplishments, so
at least now I have something to work with when I sit down to fill it
out. Later yesterday afternoon I got a peek at the 2016 budget - it is showing me with a $2000 increase, again. We'll see, I guess. I at least hope I get that, this time.
The only credit cards I have been able to get approved for since the bankruptcy (now 5 years past) has been store cards. I'd like to get my credit score up over 700. When I tried to refinance our mortgage last month I was given a copy of it and it was 685, per the banks report. I decided to apply for a secure card with Capital One. I had to make a $49 deposit to have on hold and got a credit card for $200 limit. Not much, but gotta start somewhere with it. It will report to the credit bureau's and eventually help. I already have savings account(s) through Capital One and this new card linked right up to my online account. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out it comes with free credit score tracking. Now I can really know (even though CreditKarma and CreditSesame are pretty close) exactly what it is. It is showing 703, so that made me feel better. When the time comes to apply for a mortgage for a new home, the higher the credit score the better we'll do.