June 10th, 2009
|11:45 pm - Sketchy jobs?|
So after adding up my work hours for the first week that I worked at this new job, then subtracting what I spent from what I earned during that same time period, I realized that I have saved a whopping $50.
This week, so far, between Sunday the 7th and today I've over-spent what I earned by $5. That's not counting the fact that between tomorrow (Thursday, the 11th) and Monday I'll be visiting friends in Montreal, during which time I will undoubtedly also be spending money and, more importantly, not making any money since I can't work during the days I'm in Montreal.
So basically based on what I've seen in these 2 weeks I am basically spending everything I earn, and even overspending. This really wouldn't be too much of a problem I guess since it's just for this summer, and my boss has been hinting that I'll probably be getting more hours starting next week. Rent-wise (because if I can't SAVE money from my paychecks it can lead to rent-payment issues) for July I'm still ok, even if I can't save anything from the paychecks I still have enough savings from my leftover OSAP to pay rent for...2 months (July and August) and so I guess if I just make enough to cover my daily living expenses that's...ok...? It's kind of risky-living because if...I don't know, my computer crashes and I need to get it fixed, or some unexpected expenses come up, I'll be in big trouble.
This place is really sketchy actually. Me and one of my co-workers who was hired along with me talked today while our supervisors/bosses stepped out and it appears there's all these secrets they're hiding from us that makes everything really...odd. When we were first hired there was even more secrecy...but tomorrow's payday, so I guess as long as I get my paycheck (and it's actually a check, they're not even doing direct payment, is that normal? O_o) then whatever. I'm just here for 2 months max.
Totally going to keep these job-related posts f-locked for now...probably unlock them a few months down the road so that a) my bosses don't see these suspicions and complaints on the off chance they come a-digging for stuff on my, and b) my mom doesn't start worrying unneccessarily.
P.S. Numbers are so not my thing these days, when did simple addition and multiplication get so...complicated??
[EDIT]: Btw, this house is totally awesome. I wouldn't want all the pink, and I'm not that big of a Hello Kitty fan, but I'd want a panda-themed house in the same way this one's themed after that notorious bow-wearing cat without a mouth.
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? Check's are totally normal. o_O Why wouldn't they be? lawl
Well because they haven't asked for our banking information, and so if it IS something sketchy it's easier to pay more 'under-the-table' using cheques as it's less trace-able.
I have no idea how Canada's working system works, but in the USA, you provide your social security number (or some kind of working paper or something for immigrants. I'm not an immigrant so I don't know how it works xD). You only give banking info if it were direct deposit. The default payment is by check anyway. Under-the-table would be if you were being paid by cash.
You should also get some kind of paper either attached or with your check that would say how much got taken out for the appropriate taxes.
For starters when you were hired did they ask for your Social Insurance Number?
You should receive a paycheck along with a pay stub which says how much fed/prov tax was taken out. This is a standard and I would be concerned if I wasn't receiving that.
Some places do not provide direct deposit and just have cheques so that isn't a red flag or anything.
Hmm, well I didn't get asked for my SIN but today when they gave me my paycheck I DID get that pay stub so I feel a bit more assured :D
They won't ask for your sin at evry paycheck. Just when you started working there.
They haven't ask for it at all :\
Okay, then you are currently working under the table.
This means any income you make since you started until you're done you either a) do not report to rev canada when you do your taxes.
b) inform rev canada, and quit.
or c) confront your employer asking about the legal status of this employment -- and ask to be put over the table.
But they gave me several pages of tax forms...I'm so confused now @__@
So it sounds over the table, but... bizarre. o.o
I've been terrible saving money lately too :(. I've been engaging in too much retail therapy lately. Today I bought a dress from Holt Renfrew (I originally went in for one cosmetic item, but...there was a sale) and then went nuts on Ebay.
That sucks that your employer is sketchy. The only "we're hiring" sign I've seen in a while was at American Apparel, but that place is pretty sketchy too haha.
Ugh, I felt like I wasn't spending that much but a few bucks on an ice cap here and a few bucks on some sushi there and it really starts to add up O__o I think I'm going to have to start leaving all my cash, debit and credit cards at home whenever I go out from now on to curb this habit.
I had to take my credit card out of my purse...which is now beside the computer...which doesn't help with stopping the ebay shopping....
I'm not sure how yer bosses would possibly detect these posts and on top of it, associate them with you, but f-locking them is a wise thing, IMO. Anyway, i'm glad you're doing fine there - the first days/weeks at a new job are always a bit stressing.
Oh, and sweet house btw!!