Our 2017 Pay Cut

This week I received a call from my editor. I have been getting paid a part time salary for the company that I work for. However, due to some cutbacks there, starting next month I am going to be getting paid per assignment. In other words, I will not be making nearly what I have been making, and the amount will fluctuate per month depending on the number of assignments given.

We have been extremely blessed with how the company has handled my payment and hours, especially after our two little ones were born, so I definitely cannot complain. I understand the need for the cutback, and I appreciate them wanting me to continue working for them. I am not writing this to put them down in any way, I am writing this in hopes of reminding people that you never know what tomorrow holds. And it is crucial to be prepared for anything.

We do have money in our emergency fund, and also have been setting money aside in mutual funds, and there is no doubt in my mind that God will help us through. He has always guided us, and as long as we continue to look towards Him and seek Him, I know He will continue to guide us. But I have to admit… putting the amount of time and effort into creating our budget a certain way over these past few months, and really starting to see the positive impact a consistent budget can have, it was a bit disheartening getting the call that my pay was changing. But that’s life… You never know what tomorrow holds.

Now, after wallowing for a bit, I know I need to figure out how to adjust to these changes, and move on, stay consistent. It has also given us the motivation to continue to share what we have learned in our financial experiences, and hopefully try and help others as much as possible.

If you have experienced a similar situation in your marriage, you probably know that something like this could create a rough spot in your marriage, or it could bring you and your husband closer together. When I called Luke to tell him what happened, he didn’t get upset, he didn’t sound worried, he just said, “Ok, we’ll figure it out.” He has continued to remind me that God will take care of us, and we will make it work. Not a day passes that I do not thank God for blessing me with him as my husband. These past nine years of marriage, he has taken care of our family, and I have no doubt he will continue to do so.

We will keep doing what we have been doing, make the necessary adjustments, and move forward!

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