Well, DH got laid off this past weekend. I knew corporate was talking about letting some people go but, stupid me figured his job was basically safe since he had the second highest sales in the company. As I said, stupid me. Never assume anything, lol. He worked for a home improvement store (sold surplus windows, doors, flooring, etc) and they also were a John Deere dealer. DH WAS the JD department. He did sales, parts orders, warranty work, scheduling for pick up and delivery. The only thing he didn't do himself were the repairs. He was doing the work of 3 people, so maybe this is a blessing in disguise since he was getting so stressed out. I don't know who is going to do that job now. I really think corporate is planning to close this store; the only thing that was keeping money coming in was the tractor sales so getting rid of a high selling employee that runs that department is basically shooting themselves in the foot.
But, it just sucks. It just seems like every time we start having some breathing room and be able to start putting money away or start to do something on the house, something like this happens. We're cursed, I swear it! I would just like to know what we did to piss off the gods so we can make it right and catch a break.
On the positive side, he can get unemployment for 6 months and he'll be bringing home almost as much as his regular paycheck. We just won't have the commission checks at the end of the month that we're used to. Plus, there's a lot of things that need done around the house that he hasn't had time to do. We're in the process of expanding our living room (we already paid for all the materials, thank god!) so maybe that will get done sometime before Christmas . We also have new siding and spouting that needs to be put up, and his mom needs her bathroom redone, so he won't be bored.
I'm not really worried about him not being able to find something in a few months. He knows half the people in the tri-state area so he's got connections. He was offered a job at another tractor sales company a few years ago (he went to school with the manager) so he's going to contact him in the next few weeks. Plus, his best friend is working for a construction company and he could probably get him on there. It's just a pain. And he's a little depressed too. We were talking about it last night and he feels like he lost part of his identity (he worked there for almost 9 years).