By: Revanche

Things within my control: Part 2

March 3, 2009

While still employed

~ Complete as many Professional Development classes as possible. I might, if I stay employed through April and get off the wait list for one set of classes, manage to get enough classes in before the layoff to complete my Certificate in Management. *cross your fingers for me!*

~ If there’s space, or I get de-waitlisted, I’d like to take Excel and Illustrator classes. We’ll see about approval.

~ A friend’s fiance is a freelance web designer who is willing to teach me web design and programming skills. Whoo! I’m calling it an “apprenticeship” for now, I’ll do work for him, he’ll teach me how, and maybe when I get good, he’ll hire me on! We’ll see. For now, I want to learn some basics since I’m pretty clueless. It’ll come in handy here and professionally.

~ In other good news, when they changed our retirement plan last July, we were automatically vested. So whenever the axe falls, I get to roll whatever little money accrued from my first two years into my existing retirement plan. Since I didn’t contribute anything, it should be qualified for a relatively hassle free rollover. It’s good for a few hundred, I figure. I just hope that it can also be sent into my 403(b) as well. (Hope hope hope).

~ Do the math. Well-Heeled reminded me that if I do that math, unemployment will cover a good amount of my household expenses, even with 3.5 people. So I can breathe a little easier knowing that my e-fund will last longer than previously anticipated. (Now I have to do the math to see how much longer that means.)

~ Need to settle the final details and applications for: renter’s insurance, long term care insurance, life insurance, safety deposit box, my will. Whatever I can get employer rates on (LTC, for one) and is portable is a priority.

2 Responses to “Things within my control: Part 2”

  1. Miss M says:

    When I was on unemployment it covered 95% of my living expenses, but they were lower then. My mortgage alone is more than the maximum benefit. I think they put a small raise in unemployment in the stimulus package, $25 a week across the board raise. I’ll have to check that, Mr M gets a small amount of unemployment when he isn’t working. I like to plan too, it makes me feel more in control of my situation.

  2. Revanche says:

    Miss M: Yikes. I’ve been working to steadily reduce our living expenses for a long time, I’m just lucky that our rent hasn’t been raised in years. *fingers crossed that it stays the same*

    I called EDD today and their message says that the $25/wk raise is automatic.

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