Nice Going Money Merlin! What am I Going to Do About Money?

By Donnie | Articles

I’ve magically managed to put myself in another fun financial bind because of poor planning. When I went home to visit in February I didn’t budget very well. With my last AEON paycheck and bonus, I was thinking that I’d have plenty of money to last me until my first Interac paycheck. Big mistake!! A round-trip plane ticket, a U.S. shopping spree and little bit business investing, can take the wind out of your financial sails rather quickly.

I was expecting only to have the month in the hole and then get paid at the April. At the latest I figured mid-May. There were several things wrong with my reasoning. First the unexpected, Great East Japan earthquake meant that training had to be postponed. I erroneously assumed that training was the start of my working contract, but unfortunately that was not the case. My contract started on April 1st, 2011. What does that mean exactly? It means I won’t receive a check until May 2011!

But may 15th isn’t so far away, right? Well that would be manageable. The other assumption I made (can you see what happens when you make too many assumptions?) was that Interac’s payday was the same as most companies in Japan. Many companies pay their employees on the fifteenth of each month. Have you ever seen a Japanese bank on the 15th of the month, especially if it falls on a weekend? Usually there are more people there than normal. Unfortunately, for me, Interac pays employees on the last day of the month. So I’m looking at May 31st before getting any income from my job. Ummm….crap!! So that’s February 28th to May 31st, no additional money. I am going into financial hibernation for a few weeks to say if that will help me to get by.

I’m worried but I’m not worried. This isn’t the first time I’ve been in a financial bind. Roll up your sleeves, there Merlin, it’s time to work some money magic!!

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  • Donald Ash

    It’s a good thing to always be aware of your finacial situation so that you will be prepared for whatever comes your way. No matter how much you prepare, sometimes there are variables that you cannot prepare for. This is a good time to ask you once again to send me your address so that I may know how to get in touch with you and that I may know how to contact you if there is an emergency. In one of your earlier blogs you spoke of your sense of mortality. What if something did happen God forbids. No, one here would know how to start looking for you or where to start. Give me an address that I might be able to send you something to help. I know you’re not asking but I am. I hope to see your address on my e-mail. Love, Dad.

    • Donald Ash

      It’s always good to hear from you, Dad. Things have been so crazy that I completely forgot to send my info to you guys. But if you check your email, it should be there now.

  • Diann Phillips Ash

    Please delete the previous message. I clicked post before proof reading…
    What I meant to say was:
    I am sorry to hear about your money drought. I pray for blessings and favor over the funds you do have. You know, like the feast of the five thousand from the five loaves and the two fish or the bottomless container of oil and flour that remained constant until the famine passed. I still believe in miracles, blessings and favor. God has certianly been my source especially during the incredible odds of the past five years.

    Is the address I have for you still current? If not, please send me your new address. I love you and continue to pray for your protection, provision, health and wisdom daily. Love and prayers, Mom

    • Donald Ash

      Thank you, Mommy. Thanks you for your love, prayers, hopes, wishes, and thoughts. Everything’s gonna be okay. I’ll be sure to send you my address. I don’t know if you have to current one yet. More love and more prayers, Donald.

  • Natasha

    this is so cute!

    • Donald Ash

      🙂 Thanks Natasha!

  • I enjoyed the blog post but liked the follow up comments even more! Sounds like you’ve got some great parents. I really enjoyed the fact that neither of them offered to help you out. It’s definitely a case of tough love.

    Anyway, good luck weathering the financial storm. If nothing else, that 100 yen coin on your head can pay for the bulk of your next instant ramen meal.

    • Donald Ash

      LOL! I like to think my parents are pretty freakin’ awesome.
      You know what’s funny? I think I actually did use that 100 yen to buy instant ramen! Good call, Hiroki.
      How’s life treating you these days?

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