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Paycut and Meat Inventory

March 9th, 2016 at 10:45 pm

DH is going to have to take a 9% paycut at work. I am not thrilled about it, but one of the results of having no debt is that it won't send us topsy turvy. That'll be about $715 with my preliminary estimate, which is a big chunk. It means that we won't be able to save as much towards the down payment each month, but we still will be able to save towards it. And we won't have to reduce our 401K percentage either, though of course it will go down in dollars since he won't be making as much.

We still don't know what is going on with the contract and now it looks like we won't know until the end of June. I knew these low oil prices were going to do something to us, and while I don't like it, we can weather it. These cuts sound like they are across the board.

It is harder emotionally since he hasn't had a raise in several years, but health insurance went up every year. Our storage, car insurance, and life insurance have all gone up or are going up in the next month or two.

I don't think we will be able to save anything on the down payment this month. Paying the rest of the medical bills is going to be around $750 (with some of that actually being dental). And we are buying half a hog. I haven't heard from the seller yet this week, but he said the week of the 11th and it is that week, so I figure it will probably be right on Friday. They were estimating it will be around 200 pounds for our half.

I will also be getting all of the leaf fat from the whole hog, as the other person doesn't want any. They don't charge for the fat as they would just have to throw it away. I will render it into lard and then we won't need any cooking oil for the rest of the year, either. We still have beef fat I haven't made into tallow yet, either, so all of that together may take us well into 2017.

We won't have to buy any meat for the rest of the year, though I might still buy a lamb this fall. Right now we still have beef from our quarter cow share, plenty of rabbit meat, maybe 80 or 90 pounds, 2 or 3 whole ducks, and at least 30 pounds of chicken. I will still buy pepperoni and Canadian bacon for pizzas and breakfast sandwiches and if I don't raise a turkey or two this year we'll buy one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. I'm not sure if we will do meat chickens or not. But otherwise, we will be set.

And the garden will start producing in May and we'll start getting strawberries at the end of May and then go through blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, plums, and apples so that will help, too. I see our grocery bills going way, way down.

I have found an English Muffin recipe that is easy and tastes great, so now I can completely do homemade breakfast sandwiches for a fraction of the cost. I love doing these because they are filling, but are a controlled amount of calories. I don't have to think about it, I know it is just under 300 calories for ones with Canadian bacon and just under 400 for ones with sausage. I don't get sick of them at all and it is a great way to use up all the duck eggs.

9 Responses to “Paycut and Meat Inventory”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    Well that sucks. Why is his employer making him take a paycut? Has his workload decreased? Geez. Would he consider changing jobs?

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Everyone at the company is taking a paycut, not just him. He's in the oil industry and prices have tanked. It's not just his company. All of the oil companies are cutting salaries. He would switch, but it wouldn't make much difference. He was already at the top of his bracket with pay, so it would be doubtful he'd get as much.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I hope this can be temporary for your husband. It is definitely disappointing, but a blessing to still be employed.

    I'd be interested in the English Muffin recipe, if you care to share.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'd also like the recipe. Sorry about the paycut.

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Sorry for the paycut. I assume it'll never go back to 9% when things get better? Could you email me where you get the half pig and quarter cow from?

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    CCF, it is on my youtube channel here:

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    LAL, I messaged you through the SA private messaging with the information.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Laura--I left the link to it on my response to CCF.

  9. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Sorry to hear about DH's paycut, peace of mind is definitely knowing that you are not going to be affected because you have managed your finances well. It's not wonderful, but not as bad as it could be.

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