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Jan. 28th, 2016 | 10:49 pm
music: Britney Spears "Womanizer (Kaskade Remix)"

Where your soul has been marked for heaven but St. Peter can't find the receipt.

My finances for years have been super simple: paid once* or twice per month, with a percentage of pre-tax pay deducted and diverted to a retirement plan, then insurances paid for, Uncle Sam paid, and the rest deposited into my bank account. At the end of 2014, Youngest Broworker embarked on a very effective marketing campaign in the office to get us to sign up to have the money we spend on transit also deducted prior to taxes. It worked great for the last year, and I re-upped for 2016 last December. Unfortunately, the lovely** HR folks at Beaming House HQ chose a different vendor to run the pre-tax transit and HSA accounts for the coming year, and the new company is a wreck.

I've been through their phone tree so many times that I know the pitfalls and can get to where I need quickly, but it was a giant PITA to get there. The automated voice first asks you to enter your DOB and the last six digits of SSN, but it wasn't until three failed attempts at getting it to recognize me that I was dumped into the hold queue for an agent and got the info I supposedly needed to get my debit card working. After two days it still doesn't work and I had to top up my Smartrip card with my own funds (reimbursement from Terrible Company pending, supposedly). While tooling around their website in desperation I also learned they didn't actually mean "the last six digits of my SSN"; instead it is my initials followed by the last four digits. What. Ever.

In better $ news, I filed my taxes today! New earliest ever record for me. The IRS claims it will cough up refunds within 21 days, which I would be more than happy to accept. And the District of Columbia can usually follow suit.

Completely unrelated: now that a sequel to Zoolander is finally being released, my super old icons are culturally relevant again!

* When I worked at Duke I got 12 paychecks a year, which was simple but in another way made budgeting more complicated than I would have preferred.
** If I can't say anything nice in a public forum, I won't say anything at all.

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Jan. 29th, 2016 01:19 pm (UTC)
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i would've found the one pay cheque a month thing really hard to budget for as well. not enough flexibility to account for emergencies etc. i like my pay cheque to be biweekly.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 6th, 2016 05:01 am (UTC)
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It was purely for the employer's convenience, that much was obvious.

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Tan Gnat

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from: pundigrion
date: Jan. 29th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Broworker - love it!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 6th, 2016 05:01 am (UTC)
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It's an apt portmanteau. :)

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