G-man is a federal government employee. Without going into a long explanation of how the pay system works, basically he gets an "in-step" raise (about $1000) every three years. Yep....every THREE years. However, on an annual basis he gets a cost of living (COLA) raise, and locality pay. The COLA usually covers the increase in insurance, and that is about it. Locality maybe adds a few bucks, but not much.
Obama has announced a proposed freeze (get the title of the post now????) on federal employee pay for 2 years. So, there went COLA. Not sure about locality. And we aren't due for an in-step raise for another year.
Plus, they just altered work schedules a bit, and we are losing 2 hours of night differential a week.
Health insurance is going up about $40 a month. And we didn't take out enough for our FSA (we did $3750, and will bump it to $4000). So all the changes are going to amount to about $100 a month (and that is being liberal). While that isn't HUGE, every little bit counts.
Oh, and our $738 "surprise" check???? Well, we found out that it wasn't our car insurance...it was our home insurance that was paid incorrectly. So $678 has to be forwarded to the new insurance company for our home insurance. Which leaves us with $60 "extra" for whatever. (Glad we didn't spend it!!!)
All of this is altering my bottom line. GRRRR.