The company my spouse works for is opening a huge on the premises cafeteria/restaurant/food court/shopping plaza (yes, like a mall) for all the employees. They have been building it for quite a while and it now is almost done. In fact, there is a company-wide meeting to discuss its opening and all the features etc on Monday.
My spouse has been somewhat involved on the software end of things in implementing it so he is privy to some of how everything will work, and informed me of a little bombshell this afternoon on the phone – the employees will be able to swipe their IDs to pay for things and it’ll come directly out of their paychecks.
And the control freak inside me started screaming and wincing uncontrollably.
My spouse, thus far, has gotten a tiny little bit of fun money a month to spend at work on snacks or coffee. And by tiny – I mean tiny, on the order of $2 or $3 a month. It is enough for him to treat himself now and then and not feel deprived but not make a significant difference in our overall budget. I give it to him in cash and he hoards it until he really really wants something. Well, now, he doesn’t have to hoard. He can just swipe away and get himself a candy bar every single day. Or coffee. Or eat lunch in the food court. Okay wait, I need to take a few deep breaths.
Honestly, my spouse has been great through this whole process of debt reduction. He doesn’t complain about bringing lunch every day. He doesn’t complain (too much) about not going out to eat ever. He doesn’t ask for more money or to go shopping. But he likes his little work indulgence once in a while. And now… it’ll be there all the time, and he won’t need to have any cash to use it.
More deep breaths. In… out… seriously, I’m just a wee bit of a control freak. Y’all knew that already right?
There is one saving grace in all this. The swiping of the card sends an email receipt. He’s setting his account up so it sends the receipt to me, not him. So I can tell him he’s going overboard if he is (his suggestion not mine). So I feel a little better.
But not much. This is going to result in him spending more money, I *know* it, and the paychecks will be smaller and I will just cry. Ugh. I like the paychecks HOW THEY ARE. Ugh.
Okay, more deep breaths…. I need to have faith that my spouse stays committed to the debt reduction goals. Faith. Faith is stronger than candy… hopefully.