What Will You Do When You Get a Salary Increase?

I used to work from home for more than eight years as an Independent Contractor. I received the same salary for seven years and I did not complain. Yes, that’s right. Although I was paid a rate that is enough for my skills, I negotiated a rate that would somehow cover everything that my daughter and I would need. Unexpectedly, on the eighth year, I received an increase. =) It was the largest salary I ever had in my entire working life, even if I did not have benefits.

When I returned back to the corporate world, I knew I would receive a pay cut because I applied for a full time position that offers benefits. And that was okay with me. I have been working for the same employer for more than two years now.  Unexpectedly, this year, after I came back from my vacation sometime in June, I was surprised to find out an unexpected amount on my payroll atm card. I inquired from the Payroll staff and they have confirmed that I was given a salary increase.  It is not normal to have an annual salary increase in my current employer. It is the first time I had a salary increase ever since I started with them way back in 2016.



Since it was really unexpected, I thanked my boss for giving me an increase. She told me that I did a great job and that I should continue with it.

So what did I do with my salary increase? I did not do a lifestyle upgrade. In fact, it is timely since my daughter is in Senior High School and there are just a lot of expenses especially that her strand is Fashion Design.

There is only thing that I really did feel. Gratitude. It has been my constant feeling after surpassing a lot of trials. As a token of gratitude, I donated a certain amount to charity.

I believe we do not have to be crazy rich before we share some of our blessings with others.

How about you? What will you do when you get a salary increase?

3 Replies to “What Will You Do When You Get a Salary Increase?”

  1. Congrats on the salary bump! Well deserved!
    Unfortunately for me no increase this year, but I can’t complain as I’ve been out of action for 6 months~ had to take a leave a leave of absence to care of my mom who suffered a stroke. Actually, I quit already but company refused to accept my resignation, which i’m really grateful for as it really helped with our financials. Anyway, if I had a salary increase this year, I would spend it all on booze! Kidding aside, I would use it to buy gifts for the family and friends. Wishful thinking. Guess we’ll just have to hang our socks/bags and hope Santa comes along this Christmas! Y’all have a good one!

    1. Thanks Kel.
      I am sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she gets better. It’s good that you still have work. It is a blessing! Just hold on and I am sure Santa will just be on time this Christmas!

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