Well I had kind of been pushing for a raise at my current job and today I got a raise. It certainly wasn’t anything anywhere near what I was hoping for, but it will give me a little more breathing room and hopefully will allow me to bump up my retirement savings a little bit, although I am going to try to hold back the reigns on me bumping up the retirement savings too much as I have a tendency to try to take every single additional penny and stick it away for retirement. While not necessarily a bad thing, I think my wife/I deserve to have a little more breathing room in our day to day expenses and hopefully splurge on a few things we normally wouldn’t get (like landscaping or furniture) – hopefully my wife doesn’t read my blog because like I said this raise was very small and there isn’t much extra for splurge spending and I know she has a list :-).
I was hoping for about $15-$20k a year raise and only ended up with something a little less than $5k. I’m sure there is some proverb about not looking a gift horse in the mouth, but I know I’m worth quite a bit more than I am being paid right now and will probably use this an incentive to increase the job hunt effort. Anyway this should help me stay on track on my quest for $100k by 30 and maybe we can keep the furnace on all night in this year ;-).