I mentioned earlier last week that they were going to be doing layoffs where Pa works. It's the third round of layoffs for this small office and just one in a great many in this state of ours. It's the topic we discuss when visiting these days - who has been layed off this week, who took a paycut, who's still looking for work, who has had to let their house go.
It's the current normal - we're all in the same boat.
So we are thankful. While 15 more folks were walked out the door on Friday - including some who have been there longer than Pa - he managed to hold his job. We are thankful.
Those that did hold their job, however, took cuts. Very much like so many of our friends and family endured months ago already. We've joined the club.
An 8% paycut (which brings us back to before our four year old was born - two kids ago)
No more 401K match
No more floating holidays
But. He still has a job. So our first instinctive feeling is relief.
We are also thankful that we began debt-proof living when we did. The steps we've already put in place will help us to better navigate this current situation.
But we do need to make changes.
I spent the weekend scratching notes and numbers, rebudgeting this and that, canceling subscriptions and canceling plans. While I don't feel any urgent worry, I do feel a renewed need for common sense when it comes to spending.
I also brainstormed into ways I can help the financial situation at home.
I can't work out.
If things get tough - I'll have to consider it, but for now it would add more stress than value. Pa will be traveling more, doing the work of two men now that their staff has been cut. And with little ones at home and only one sitter in-house - it would just be too stressful. Add to the fact that my one sitter will be looking for his own job come mid-September - A blessing of living walking distance to so many opportunities - it becomes near impossible. The time for working out of the home will come later. My family needs me at home.
So, for now, I can help by learning better ways to trim the grocery bill, by working more assignments, by making more cards to sell, by taking a chance and submitting again, by putting some things on ebay and by getting the two year old out of diapers - for starters.
Every bit helps.
So that's where we're at these days.