Originally Posted by W2R
That's wonderful! Nothing like unexpected money. I jokingly call it "manna from heaven" when money falls into my lap out of the blue like that.
That's how I saw it too, especially with overtime, which (except for holidays) was always unexpected. Later I toned it down a bit and put a third or half into savings but initially that was what paid for taking DW to dinner, model airplane stuff and the like. These were not minor amounts either - several thousand a year in OT pay.
It would have saved the taxpayers a lot of money if people would plan to have their accidents, robberies, fires and such at the beginning of a shift instead of at the end.