Salary came in this Friday. I was glad to see that a lot of the extra income I was expecting, was in this paycheck (end-of-year-bonus, given early because my job ended now). However, when studying the information slip on my salary in more detail, I was also quite disappointed. I was assuming that my salary was paid for the previous month. So the salary of October 21 would be for my work in September. Instead, it turns out, the salary I was paid this month was for the half month that I worked at this job, in October. So I was actually expecting a full month's salary (and another half month's one next month), and now I'm left with a half month's salary this month, instead. Edit: I now have looked it up in some old files (from when I started working there, five years ago) and they indeed started paying me in the same month as I started working. So they are right in paying me only half a salary now, and I was wrong in expecting more next month...
Since my monthly salary was about 1800 euros, I now have to recalculate my savings for this year, they will be about 1800 less. Damn. My next salary, in November, will then probably only be from the half-month I worked at my new job (love it, by the way!), which will not be enough to cover that month's expenses (even rent + groceries + insurance is more, and I have to travel for my job as well, et cetera). So I'll have to dive into savings for that month. After that, I should be fine again. My new income will hopefully be around 1600, a bit less than before because I work less hours because I'll also have to spend time on writing my thesis.
However, I'm also glad that I have now put away the whole bonus of 2000 euros into savings accounts (for now). 1200 in deposits (I like them, and it's 3.8% interest), 200 in investments for my retirement, and the remaining 600 in savings accounts with 2.6% interest. I may have to use a bit of those last 600 for next month.
My new job has been great so far. I like the interaction with (nice!) people (I'm a shy extrovert, or something, maybe I'm smack in the middle between being an extra- and an introvert - I'll have to do the character test one day). I like my colleagues. I like it how I'm appreciated by them. Already! I like the fact that my salary depends on how many hours I work (wasn't the case in my old job - many extra hours, no extra salary). I like how the materials I have to work with are of good quality, that used to be different in the lab I worked in.