No More Cheap Turbo Tax Friends

October 1, 2009

Brad got laid off yesterday and I feel….well, cautiously optimistic…for now.

Intuit’s been really good to us.  I know Brad loved loved loved his boss and coworkers.  I know I loved loved loved the bonuses, the insurance, and the yearly snowmobiling trips/lunches on the company (Brad did too).  We always agreed when lists of the best companies to work for came out and Intuit was near the top.  They’ve left us with a pretty good severance package too.  What we’re looking at now is…

1. Great: Brad could get a job sometime in the next two months while he’s still on Intuit payroll and we could double our savings with his severance.  Yay!

2. Super Great: Brad could get a job sometime int he next two months while he’s still on Intuit payroll and we could double our savings with his severance….and then I could win $75,000 with the HGTV Great Fall Fix Up Sweepstakes.  Woot. 😉

3.  Really Crappy:  Brad can’t find a job and we have enough savings and severance to last us sometime through next july or august (including COBRA and hospital bills for the baby…I think) and then we’re screwed.

4. Meh: Brad doesn’t get a job until around Feb, Mar and we’ve used the severance and we’re kind of just left where we were before.  (made better or worse by a pay increase/decrease in the new job and/or the need to move)

In any case, we’re sad, but we aren’t freaking out just yet.  Brad’s working on his references and resume already and trading recommendations on linkedIn with his coworkers.  I believe there are two jobs that are a perfect fit for him that he’ll try to get his stuff into by the end of the day (I hope).  and several other possibilities that he’ll be looking into.  I’m proud of him for being proactive.  And I’m looking forward to the extra time we get to spend together in the meantime.  My sister-in-law Tracy, can I just say has been awesome!  She has been so caring and looking for job possibilities on Brad’s behalf.  It makes me love her even more.

Looking back on life, there are some things I’m super thankful for along with a couple of regrets now that he’s laid off.  First of all, despite the fall in equity, I’m really thankful we bought this house in Lehi as opposed to the ones we were looking at in Provo and Orem.  It makes Brad’s commute to jobs all along the Wasatch more reasonable.  Second, I’m thankful I’m a weird early Christmas shopper.  All of our Christmas shopping with the exception of two gifts are bought and paid for.  A good Christmas for everyone without having to worry about our budget.  Third, I’m thankful for a great trip to park city with Karon where I got great deals on most of the things we need for Kyle this winter.  Fourth, I’m thankful we’re having a boy and already have almost everything we need for him.  Fifth, we’ve been really blessed recently because we’ve had several unforeseen expenses (a new tire, a trip to the Dr.  for Kyle splitting his lip)  that we were able to fit into our budget inexplicably without digging into our savings.   Sixth,  it’s a new fiscal year at Intuit and Brad’s still on payroll until the end of November which means we’re totally going to use the $350 fitness incentive before he leaves to buy ourselves exercise equipment or bikes, and we still have our Legacy Center membership from last fiscal year until May I think.  Seventh, when it came time to get new phones on Verizon, we never found any we liked better than our present ones which means we never renewed our two year contract and can pull out anytime without a penalty.  I really only have one regret and that’s the fact that I was feeling really prompted to get pregnant around Jan or Feb.  Brad and I talked it over and decided to stick to our original plan of May.  If I’d followed through on my prompting, we could be having the baby while still on our insurance without having to worry about COBRA just yet, or worse insurance from another company (goodbye $100 babies. 😦  )  Lesson learned, hopefully.

The End.



  1. Sorry to hear that, I’ll keep my ears posted

  2. I’m impressed by your optimistic outlook! Way to go! I’m sure something wonderful will come along quickly and you’ll be raking in the double paychecks as a blessing for being so prepared.
    Let us know if we can do anything to help.

  3. Tiffany I am sorry to hear that Brad got layed off. These are such crappy times. It is good you have a positive outlook on it all. It doesn’t help to stress out about it. The Lord is aware of you & your family. He will take care of you. I will be praying that a job will come sooner then later. Check into getting Medicade as a secondary insurance.It will pick up what your insurance doesn’t cover. Also go to http://www.utahcountywic.org & see if you qualify. It provides milk, eggs, cheese, bread, fresh fruits/veggies & more. It sure helps out in hard times. They only check a months worth of income so if you wait a bit & then do it it might work. Good luck!

  4. I’m so sorry he lost his job! You really are being so optimistic and counting all your many blessings. Two boys together are so much fun…and cheap!! My Kyle just got a new job, but I know all about not having one. Good luck:) I hope he gets one really soon!

  5. I’m sorry Brad got laid off of such a great job, but so grateful to hear your thoughts and feelings. Hang in there. Love you all!

  6. Way to have an upbeat attitude, Tiff! We are thinking of you guys and hope you can find something else soon…

  7. I’m so sorry Tiff (and Keck)! We’re definitely keeping you guys in our prayers. Let us know if you need anything!

    Brian and I were talking to each other about this and decided that since Keck is the smartest guy in the world, hopefully you’ll get a new job soon! 🙂

  8. tiffany, I am so thankful that Brad has a loving and supporting wife as he faces this trial. It makes it so he isn’t facing it, you both are. that makes so much difference. Your words made me cry. Keep your thankful heart every day. Here are a few things I thought of that I am grateful for: As I said, I am glad that you have a happy marriage. that is worth so much. I am thnakful that Brad worked hard in school and on his job at Intuit so that he has good things to put on his resume. I am glad that you are free of debt. I am glad that you have been saving, and that you already follow a strict budget. I am thankful that you already know the most important things in life. Although I am sorry that you have to go through this trial, I am thankful in advance for the lessons you will learn from going through it. You will have more humility, more empathy, more reliance on the Lord, more realization of where riches really are. I love you, Mom

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