by Stacey Carroll, Contributing Writer
Starting a new job is exciting especially if it comes with a significant pay increase from your last job. In five years, I tripled my income. What I didn’t do was increase my standard of living, and it was tempting. One job added $5000 a year to my income. I figured out that I could buy a new Cadillac and a house, but I held off. As exciting as the pay increase was, I didn’t want to jump into more debt and bills than I could handle. Plus, if the job didn’t work out, I’d be financially screwed.
Here are the things you shouldn’t buy for the first three months after starting a new job.
When I’m looking for a new job, I typically buy new clothes for the interviews. I want to look fresh and presentable at each interview. Plus, if the company requires multiple interviews, I’m not stuck wearing the same outfit for each interview.
The interview shopping sprees typically mean that I’ve already increased my professional wardrobe. I shouldn’t need to buy new clothes for the job itself, and I don’t want to. If the job doesn’t work out, then I’m stuck with hundreds of dollars worth of new clothes that I don’t particularly need, and can no longer afford.
It’s tempting to take the new job and pay increase to the store or the car lot, or to the real estate agent’s office. Hold off. I’ve had a lot of friends and family take their $2000 a year raise and spend $2000 in the first week on new computers, cars, home upgrades, and even new houses only to have the job not work out. In the worst case scenario, they’ve had to file for bankruptcy.
Items For The Office
Upon entering a job, I always want to make the space comfortable. This could mean buying a new office chair, bringing in my own coffee and coffee maker, buying pens, pencils, paper, notepads, and phone upgrades. Don’t do it. Aside from your new company not liking your changes, it’s money you don’t need to be spending straight out of the box, and items you may not be able to recover if they let you go.
The reason to hold off buying any new and/or expensive items is to make sure the job is the right fit for you and the company. Waiting three months also gets you past the initial evaluation stage. After that you can feel comfortable in your new position and newly increased budget.
Stacey Carroll is the author of the thriller series - Avia. She also authors the paranormal erotica series - The Blooddoll Factory. Stacey grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. she went to college at Indiana State University (ISU) and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in aerospace in the professional pilot program. She has flown Cessna 152s, Cessna 172s, the Pipe Seneca and the King Air. She also graduated with a minor in computer science that specialized in web design.
She has always been interested in reading and writing, and the first book she was ever read was the Grimms Brother's Fairy tales. From the ages of 6 to 11, she read the Nancy Drew series. By the age of 11, she had graduated to Stephen King novels. A few of her favorites include Carrie, Tommyknockers, The Dark Tower Series up to book 3 (That's where it stopped in the late 80s/ early 90s), Pet Semetary, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand, It, Cujo, Christine, The Eyes of the Dragon and Thinner (Richard Bachman). In her teen years, she moved on to Anne Rice and got through about four of those books before they degraded. If you've ever read Anne Rice, you know book 5 isn't readable. Stacey has read a couple Harry Potter books as she was introduced to them in the early 2000s, and she's never read or watched anything Twilight or 50 Shades. Sorry. I'm a vampire purist, and nothing needs to be said about the latter. You already know.
She is currently an author and freelance writer. She received an honorable mention in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in 2008 for a short story entitled The Field. In 2014, she was published in 13 Stories by Us by MacKenzie Publishing.
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