we could just vote amongst the 2 of us to give ourselves a raise However, we don’t do that just willy nilly. After much thought, prayer and discussion we have decided we need to cut the budget somewhere to accommodate this increase. The only debt we have is our house payment and $1000 loan without credit check at Lend Me. However we do have some “luxuries” in the budget. Dh has the lawn care done every other week. At the rate the man charges, if we cut that area it is not enough. Plus when dh was still doing it he had to split it into 2 sessions. He would do the front yard one day and the back yard the next. I suggested we leave that alone. Besides, we have built up enough in that envelope to cover the rest of the mowing season for this year at our current schedule.
Another luxury we have is having a weekly housekeeper. At a rate of $55/week, it comes to $2860. Divide that by 12 and you get $238/month. We feel we can cut this and be okay. I know it means I have have to start doing the housework again. Since dd still lives at home she will help. We talked this afternoon about dividing up the duties. Depending on how the budget falls out, I am going to try to pay her a little each week for helping out. Yes, I know, she lives here and should help out just because she lives here. It is worth it to me to have the help and she willing to do so. It does not mean we have to give up a housekeeper forever. Just at this moment we have to change what we are doing.
Quite honestly this is probably a good thing in the long run. There have been issues with the housekeeper that I have been unable to resolve. She is perfectly honest, it is not a problem of theft or anything like that. There have been times I have asked her to do something specific on a given day and it goes undone. Also, she loves to organize. That is great, except this … If I tell her that she can organize such and such if she has time, she will make sure she gets the organizing done but leave something else undone that I actually wanted done more than that, such as dusting. I have tried talking to her. I have tried writing it down. I am at a loss of what else to do. There have been times she has texted the day before her scheduled weekly day (or the morning of) and asked to come the next day or early in the next week. I don’t think it’s ever been illness related, just trying to juggle. Sometimes she gets occasional jobs and that person wants her to come on the day she is supposed to do our house. I have never been a fan of rescheduling the regular job for a “once in a blue moon” job. Sometimes I have accommodated her but other times I have not. In particular if it was too inconvenient for me such needing the work done because company was coming, etc. I have really tried never to ask for anything extra that would require her working past her allotted time. I know that some of the problem is mine because I didn’t outline clear enough expectations from the beginning, etc. Anyway, the conversation with her is coming in a few days. Please, if you pray, please pray from me that I do it in such a way that she keeps her dignity and pride, etc. She will receive some severance pay to help tide her over.