Why Getting a Pay Raise or Promotion Makes For The Hottest Valentine
Heart pounding from last minute stress over what to do for your SO for Valentine’s Day? Relax and ignore all those overpriced balloons and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. The most romantic thing to do for your Valentine may be nothing. Well, nothing that frivolous anyway. A diamond may be forever. But cupid baby, so is the deed to a beach house or a mountain cabin. Or the memories of a luxurious trip to Europe or the Caribbean.
Even if you’re ready to pop the question with a rock on V Day, it is sexier to do so with plans for a rock solid financial future together, per experts on love and money.
The best way to do that may mean both of you asking for a pay raise at work. The timing may be right especially if you work in tech.
The Link Between Making Bank and Making Love
“When it comes to passion, no two subjects spark up more heat than love and money,” say the experts at Money Magazine in a new ebook on this subject. “Couples who know how to build up anticipation in their savings accounts and in their love lives, balance their wants and needs, and communicate their deepest desires can look forward to a relationship wrapped in financial security.”
So snuggle up with some take-out and figure out what if each of you earns 10, 20 or 30 percent or more each year starting today? How will that add up? A dream wedding this year? A house down payment in three years? Can you both agree on that and call it your V-Day gift to each other?
A Few Low Cost (and Some Not So Low Tech) Ways to Celebrate V-Day and Your New Financial Goals
Even if you both see the light about the romance of planning for a big fat financial future together, you still want to do something a little special for Valentine’s Day.
Why not celebrate your new financial and relationship plans in some sweet and/or symbolic way? Here are a few suggestions:
Reaching for the Stars – Why not celebrate your goals with a trip to a local observatory? For example, in the San Jose area there’s Lick Observatory and in the Oakland hills, there’s the cool After Dark program at the Chabot Space and Science Center.
Never Lose The Charge or The Car: With its German design, the ZUS Smart USB Car Charger & Car Locator will save you from running out of battery power and then double as a time saver – just in case you lose your car in a crowded parking lot – whether that be while running errands or at your next interview on your quest for your next career move. At $28.99 it’s a practical and economical gift.
Have Your Love’s Back, Phone or Belongings: Give your Valentine the gift of security. The Sen.se GuardPeanut Smart Anti-Theft Motion Alarm is a gem at $29.99 on sale and connects to smartphones using Bluetooth Smart. Using the SensePeanut companion app, your honey will be alerted when any valuables or objects are moved when they shouldn’t be. You can also view an unlimited timeline of the object’s movement history.
Plan Now, Play Later
Choosing to go the love-is-blind route may just put your relationship in a bind later. Finances are the leading cause of stress in a relationship, according to survey results reported by CNBC.
So, seize the day and make Valentine’s Day the perfect day to make sure you both share the same financial goals and aspirations. If one of you wants a Tesla now and the other would rather drive a used Prius and save for a house down payment, the relationship may need some work.
What’s on your love’s bucket list? What’s on yours? Do you have a couple’s list? Pop a champagne cork, sit down and make one together. Bond over shared dreams like buying a house or visiting the Himalayas.
Are You Earning What You’re Worth? How to Find Out
Even if you’ve only been working for two to five years, you are looking at an average base salary of $100,743 and a total package with stock options, benefits and bonuses of $124, 682. Not bad for a 22 to 27 year-old.
Then once you’ve been around for five to 10 years, and you’re in that age range of 27 to 32, the ideal time to marry according to current scientific evidence, the average total pay package bumps up to $137,457. If you’ve socked away some of the previous years’ six-figure pay, you’re totally husband material.
If your pay is lower than these Paysa averages, then it’s time for a raise and/or a promotion. Or maybe even a new job. You can get specific details on what people earn at your company and similar company’s at Paysa’s free website.
What the Big Dog Companies Pay
Here’s a look from current Paysa data at what some of the top companies are currently paying their high level engineers:
So, give your Valentine printouts of which hot companies you’ve sent your resume to. And just maybe tape a little red foil wrapped heart shaped chocolate to it for extra points.
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