Sigh. From 2008-2013 my base income has increased by a grand total of 3.5%. The cumulative inflation adjustment for the same period has been 8.2%.
One of these days I’ll get to experience what it’s like having more buying power from one year to the next again, but it didn’t happen again this year.
On the bright side, I have a pretty decent job, which is more than a lot of people can say, and if I hadn’t made a lot of stupid mistakes when I was younger, I’d be in a very different place financially, even with the exact same salary progression.
My own fault. My own problem. Gotta keep working on my own solution.