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    A podcast that I listen to had discount rates when ads hadn’t been filled. I took out an ad talking about how I had no product or service to sell. It was a hilariously funny private joke for me and the guy who approved / read the ad. I doubt anyone else enjoyed it as much, but at the discount rate, it was completely worth it.

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            Ha, you just made me look it up in my inbox. Here’s the ad copy:

            Hello Listeners!
            
            This is not an ad. Grumpy Old Geeks are selling ads at a discount, so I bought this slot. I have no product or service to sell.
            
            I hate ads. Don't you hate ads? I just saved you from having to hear or skip an ad! You're welcome!
            
            If you aren't running an ad-blocker in your browser… what's wrong with you?! If you aren't subscribed to GoG to avoid ads via the private feed… that's your call. But I'll never hear this because my stream is ad-free. I never thought I'd pay for marketing, but this seemed like a fun idea. Also, check out the fediverse.
            
            Deliveroo, Fuckers!
            
            Love,
            Your pal, another listener.
            

            It ran for $125. It appeared in the episode after 2023-06-27, based on my email correspondence with one of the hosts. So whichever one was next after that.

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    What’s a middle of the month paycheck? Are some people getting paid twice a month?

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          1st and 15th is common. Every Friday is common. Every other Friday is common too.

          ^ my experience the past 4 decades in the USA.

          I’ve never had monthly but that would be dope.

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            I absolutely hate being paid monthly. The last week to two weeks is brutal especially when you’re getting paid paycheck to paycheck.

            I’d say being paid every other week is best.

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            Also USA and same exact firsthand experience. My dad worked for the government and got paid monthly when I was growing up, but every job I’ve had has been one of the 3 you listed.

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            Ah I miss 1st and 15th… It was so great. My jib recently changed to every other Friday it it has royally fucked up all my auto-bill-pays…

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            Same here.

            PS: Apparently a lot of Americans aren’t even familiar with the word fortnight.

            It means two weeks if anyone hasn’t heard it before.

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            I get paid twice every lunar cycle with a small silk bag full of enchanted gems. What the hell are the rest of you people doing?

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          Interesting. Every job I’ve ever had paid biweekly as well. I’m in the USA. Sometimes even enormous hoops were jumped through in order to provide it on that schedule.

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            It also varies by profession and/or position in some countries. Managers and “professionals” on higher salaries will often be paid monthly, whereas “ordinary” employees would usually get paid weekly or bi-weekly. Personally, I think it’s a tacit acknowledgement that it’s much harder to budget for a whole month on lower rates of pay.

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              Wouldn’t it be easier to budget for a whole month on low pay, especially since bills are monthly.

              Paycheck comes in -> Pay all bills for that month -> whatever is left you can spend that month.

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                I guess the thought was it’d be much harder for low paid workers to live for 4 weeks on savings, before their first paycheck came in. But yeah, I get your point.

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      Everywhere I worked in North America (USA and Canada) paid bi-weekly.

      Everywhere I’ve worked in Europe (Germany and UK) paid monthly.

      I would guess that this is just a difference in norms

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        Do bills also come twice a month? Like, do you pay your rent, mortgage insurance, internet, tv, cell phone, etc. every two weeks?

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              The bills are once a month but the specific due date for each can varry. For us some of our bills are due at the beginning of the month and some are due towards the end, but most are at the beginning.

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              Not really. Because my monthly bills don’t come at the same time each month. It would probably be harder to coordinate bills if you’re paid monthly here anyway. Makes more sense to have a steady cash flow imo. Imagine living paycheck to paycheck and your bill is due on the 28th, but you don’t get paid until the 1st. Some people might run out of money before their bill is due and they don’t get their next paycheck yet.

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      Some places pay you twice a month. On the 15th of the month and on the last day of the month. The benefits being that it’s easy to understand, easier on payroll and aligns with most business cycles and for employees is easier to plan your expenses. Cons being that it’s good for salaried employees and bad for hourly employees.

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        Ive never not been paid weekly. Ive worked labourer jobs, technical trade jobs, and office jobs, and all have paid me weekly.

        Fortnightly would be annoying. Monthly would be a nightmare.

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            What about the first month? If you’ve got a buffer in the bank, it doesn’t matter much. But if you were living paycheck to paycheck, those 2-3 weeks might be enough to really set you back

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            Have you heard of interest, and investments? Not to mention you don’t get paid until the end of your first month, which could be particularly bad for people who were unemployed prior to getting the job.

            Have the money on-hand earlier makes a huge difference.

            I’d love to be paid weekly if I could.

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                Okay? Not sure why other people’s pay frequency preferences bother you.

                Yes, it’s the same amount of money, and you’re welcome to not care, but there are legitimate reasons for prefering more frequent payments.

                You have a nice day, friend.

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          In the US, “most” corporate jobs are two weeks (26 pays).

          For a while bi-monthly was popular in some sectors ( 1st and 15th usually)

          Monthly happens but it’s extremely rare.

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      I pay most of my bills with my end of the month paycheck and the middle of the month paycheck is for necessities/savings/fun stuff. Mostly necessities/savings though.