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4 Reasons You Should Negotiate a Raise (But Never Spend the Money)

Getting a Pay Increase is Great, But Not If It's Already Spent

Why You Should Bank on Taking It to the Bank

When asking for a raise or promotion, many people ask the wrong way and ask for the wrong reasons.

The wrong way to ask is to walk into your boss’ office and beg for a raise, demand a raise, or give an ultimatum. The wrong reasons to justify an increase are excuses like you need the money for rent, you heard that a friend of yours makes more than you, or you want to buy that new Jaguar convertible you saw on TV.

In fact, if you’re like many Americans, even if you get that raise, you’ve already spent the additional money before it even clears direct deposit.  According to a CNN/Money survey, 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, 50% have less than a three-month cushion, and 27% had no savings at all.

Here are 4 benefits of negotiating a huge raise – and then not spending it.