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As you've read in my last couple of replies, I lost my job on Friday. I knew it was coming. The first week of May my original boss left the company for a much better job that fell in his lap unexpectedly. Five weeks after that I started assisting someone else. A couple of weeks ago, Jim was fired and I was assigned to yet another someone else. Here's the wrinkle. Ever since I started at that job (5/97) my department has consisted of the man I assist and me. If he (or his replacement) is not there, there is nothing for me to do. I guess work finally realized that it wasn't worth it to keep me on the payroll.

I'm glad that it happened. I haven't done much of anything but surf the Net since December (very long and weird story). I want and need to engage my brain again.

I was given no notice. Personnel told me that I was laid off at 4:45pm on Friday. They handed me three checks: final paycheck through the 31st, accrued vacation time, and two week's severance. I have about seven weeks' salary in my hands. My final paycheck is already in my checking account through direct deposit. I need that to pay the rent. I don't want to touch the other checks, though. I have a brokerage cash account at Suretrade that I am going to send the checks to. That way they'll earn interest that's a little better than a savings account and they will be far away from me. What should I do with the money after I have a job? I want to use part to fix my muffler, get new contacts (almost three years), and new glasses (seven years). I know that the best thing to do is send the rest to my 16.99% CC since that's by far a better return to me than the 4.5% it's earning in my cash account.

I guess all I want is reassurance from my new Foolish friends.

Thank you all for your help,

Ms Joe
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