Typically G-man's paystub is available the day before the money actually hits the account. So our every other Sunday "ritual" is checking the paystub so I can work on the checkbook. He also checks our Retirement account....just to watch the number go down. Yeah, we are exciting people.
So this paycheck was screwy. Screwy in a bunch of ways.
First off, it was too high. These things always scare me until we get to the bottom of it. If there is an error, I would rather write them a check for the error and just be done. I have always HATED when they take money from his paycheck to fix it. I know we already had received the money, but it is just one more accounting duty. (we will come back to this in a minute)
Upon investigating the paystub, we also noticed that he didn't get holiday pay for Memorial Day. This has happened before and usually it gets corrected by the next paycheck. There are so few people who actually work on standard holidays, it is easy for the mistake to sneak through. It happens.
Then we looked at his real hours, and his travel screwed with his Sunday differential (25% extra). Since his "work week" was considered M-F, no differential. That makes 3 Sundays in a row that we didn't get differential (2 were due to taking vacation day). It adds up.
Between all the Sundays off, and lesser hours at the part time job (only 4 shifts to go!), our over all income for the past 4 weeks has been close to 15% less than usual. EEK. I will be very happy when all the dust settles and we are back to business as usual.
G-man also got his 3rd overtime shift approved for June, so we will see how that goes. Two of the shifts won't get paid out until his first July check because they are later in the money. I will share a separate post how we decided to account for this new change in cash flow.
So now back to the extra amount. Our first thought was it had to do with his travel (even though travel is paid out separately). No....the number doesn't match anything with travel. The number of hours were correct (80) even if the holiday was messed up. It wasn't like he was paid for 90 hrs or something like that.
And before I tell you....you have to realize how complicated G-man's paystub is to read. I have gotten better at it over the years, but in the beginning, it might as well have been written in Greek. There is almost no logical flow to the check, and backing into numbers is crazy hard. But that's the government for you.
He e-mailed it to me, and said "I think I found it. Check out the highlighted line." Holy moly! He got a $1000 cash bonus!!!! Now, once taxes and all came out, it dropped to $631 (no, they don't do it as a separate check so they can adjust the taxes for a bonus.....this is just how it goes). But yay him!!!
Today he will go on a fact finding mission to find out WHY. Yeah, wouldn't it be nice to know BEFORE we get the money, but that just doesn't happen. A bonus would have been submitted a few month ago....it goes to headquarters for approval....then it goes to payroll.....THEN they tell the office that it was approved. He "thinks" it is from something in March, but isn't sure. And he hasn't gotten a bonus in years, so this is a rare treat.
Of course now we are discussing the fate of this money. He wants to "spend" it. I want to use a small amount to spend and the rest to debt (like $500 to debt). So for now, we put it aside until we can discuss it more. My BFF said let's go gambling.....turn it into 120k to pay off both of our debts. Um, yeah.....no.
So there ya go.....his little paycheck due to holiday error and travel.....and his big paycheck due to bonus.