On every payday (especially the first of a new job) there are at least 10 different thoughts every employee has.
1. "It's payday!"
There is probably nothing better than waking up and checking your account on payday. You definitely tend to wake up on the right side of the bed, knowing that your bank account just got some heavy flow of sweet cash.
2. “I don’t care; I just got paid.”
3. “Sale, sale, sale!”
This seems to be the one day where you particularly notice the sales that you would ignore any other day. Instead of window shopping, when you find something you like, you decide to treat yourself and actually make the purchase.
4. “So about that employee discount…”
If you work in retail, you tend to take this day to really use that employee discount, because -- let’s be honest -- you know all the good things that are currently on sale and you’ve been waiting for this moment since the last paycheck. You continue treating yourself and decide you might as well save some money while doing it.
After doing all that shopping, you’ve definitely built up an appetite. You most likely decide to buy your favorite food and possibly dessert too. If you have a little sibling, this is probably one of their favorite days of the week because you feel extra generous and decide to treat them too.
6. "Another sale?"
You visit your next favorite store and surprise, surprise, there’s yet another sale! Although you don’t get an employee discount here, you still know that the purchase is worth the money and you definitely go for it.
7. "What did I just do?"
You take a moment to realize to check your bank balance and realize that there isn’t as much money in your account as you thought. You start to second-guess every purchase you have made throughout the day and overthink everything.
You decide to comfort yourself with food so that everything seems OK for the time being. But with every bite, you realize that you didn’t make the smartest financial decisions.
9. "What did I just do?"
At this moment, you go back to your seventh thought because, although the food managed to distract you, you now begin to remember the smart financial decisions you planned before getting this paycheck, which you have used for other things, such as retail therapy.
10. “How long until my next paycheck?”
Now you are thinking about all the smart financial decisions you will make come next paycheck. You look at the calendar to see when your next payday is, and you vow to make smarter financial decisions then.