I'm happy - and when I'm happy I talk haha
Cassie got accepted into the University of Maryland. We are THRILLED. Best of all? She applied, paid for the application, etc. on her own and without us even knowing about it until after the fact!! She had talked about doing it, but she's always been a lot of talk and no action. She cried when she got the acceptance letter. I am so proud of her and thrilled that she got in. She will be starting in the Fall. Thanks to my parents, there is some money set aside to help out with college. It's not going to cover all 4 years or anything, but hey, it's a start!!
So, this morning, I get online to pay some bills and get caught up on some stuff. Still pretty freaking happy about Cassie, incidentally.
I log into Bank of America and I see a current balance that is NOT what I thought it should be. I called Dave and left him a message. Now, I remember, he said something about a bonus coming, but he said maybe $3,000 or $4,000...not $9500.00.
My first thought was "oh no, this is compensation money for when he goes to California next month - I can't spend this because he's looking for another job and he might quit." But that doesn't make sense. Who gives an advance for something you haven't done yet (in real life?).
Sure enough. It's his bonus. Wow. Here's the thing - we can REALLY use this money right now. I have $2,000 in medical bills from my surgery. We have $1100 that we owe for dental procedures.
As I said before, David is trying to get another job. He's not 100% sure that he will go to California if he's still working for AT&T and if he doesn't, he will get fired. This money will hold us over for a month or so if that does happen. I went ahead and paid all the bills and then put the rest away - well, I put it toward our home equity loan that we're paying off and we can always take it back if we need it.
Such a huge weight has been lifted paying off those medical bills in full and having that fall back option if we have an emergency. I have de-stressed about 50% because of this. I feel good.
Now, we just need to get Dave another job...