Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Benefits of Benefits

I never really understood how much benefits can truly make an impact on your life. I found out today that my company provides each employee a $20 Shell gas card every month! That's $240 per year, tax free. With gas prices at-or-above $4.50 in my city, and my commute now 20 miles each way, that $20/month will help out. They also provide complimentary bagels and pastries in the small on-site cafeteria - which means free breakfast for me, as I love bagels! (Plus all the green tea I can drink, especially since I am not a coffee/lots-of-caffeine fan, though I enjoy the occasional Starbucks.)

Also, the company also provides a "Readership" program where you can check-out books on various subjects, such as leadership, management and finance. I was happy to find out that a few books in their solid selection are on my "To Read" list! Much easier than a trip to the local library, too. :)

I received a free lunch for being the new hire in my department - and since I am short/petite, I do not eat a lot, so a large lunch means leftovers which means dinner! Thus, I got through my first day of work without spending a penny. I will officially begin my budget once I get my first paycheck at the end of the month and start truly figuring out my finances, which I am certainly looking forward to doing - and of course I will be blogging about it!

EDIT: I will post more about other benefits as they begin applying to me - most occur after my 90-day introductory period and some begin July 1st.


Joy June 12, 2008 at 2:09 AM  

oo benefits!! can't beat free food & gas ;)

Anonymous June 12, 2008 at 8:06 AM  

I spend about $11/week on breakfast foods (cereal, milk and some berries or bananas to go IN the cereal), so just by having those bagels available you're saving $520/year! from my perspective at least...

Anonymous June 13, 2008 at 1:52 PM  

another good one to think about is if you do any traveling...while you're gone you can save on groceries, electricity, water(not that this category is really anything but a few dollars anyway) and any kind of entertainment!

Fabulously Broke June 15, 2008 at 2:04 PM  

In the beer industry you can get 20 cases of free beer a year LOL

And my job as an employee who's a consultant - I sometimes get free hotel stays (read: points) and free food if I'm on projects out of town

Anonymous July 15, 2008 at 4:12 PM  

It's really great when you start to think about both the tangible and intangible benefits that your company provides!

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