I just started this new job in order to help pay for the rising the costs of oil in my area. However, it’s not going to work out quite as easily as I thought. I had hoped if I started early enough I would be able to get paid right away. This is where I went wrong. I didn’t know that this job, like most in retail, only pays bi-weekly. Since my first day of work is between pay cycles, I won’t get paid for another three weeks. I even asked if I could just get a single weeks pay, but no, the payroll for this massive company doesn’t work that way. So until I get paid, I have to now ration the fuel for my oil boiler. Since my condo runs off of a boiler, I also have to ration hot water as well. The water heaters in my condominium are all heated through the oil boilers, rather than just an electric furnace water like most places have. I think the oil boiler allows for making hot water a lot faster, but it also means the hot water is a finite resource. Now I not only have to mind my thermostat to make sure the oil boiler isn’t running too often, but I have to mitigate my showers, baths, even my dishes. Thankfully I already do all of my laundry in cold water, so that’s one less thing to take care of. I can’t even afford a space heater, as the nice ones which don’t run up the light bill are very expensive. I was at least able to purchase an electric blanket from work, which lets me stay when I watch TV.