I got some brilliant comments on the post from yesterday titled HP Layoffs…
I’d also suggest to IMMEDIATELY get medical and dental appointments. Assuming that your benefits are tied to your employment, it’s time to find out what problems you have. (Physical problems; everyone has problems! Unemployment might be the least of them. If you have a problem, NOW is the time to find it not when COBRA runs out.) Ditto for ALL family members. QUICK, time flies.
And cash in what’s left of your FSA funds before you lose them. Drugstore.com has a great FSA area where you can order easily. With last minute doctor appointments, eye exams, new glasses and prescription renewals we were able to use up most of our FSA when my husband got laid off a couple weeks ago.
Is this advice to help you gouge the company, or take advantage of something that you shouldn’t?
Absolutely not. You have paid into the system, you still have benefits, so USE THEM. Seriously, life isn’t going to get easier during your unemployment – make sure you take advantage of what the company committed to you.
Not doing it is like the company handing out a new car to everyone as they leave and you not taking it. It’s there, it’s for you, take it.
Thanks Reinkefj and Katy, for the insight!