I’m still not decided where to allocate my maternity subsidy. Here in NZ, J and I get paid every fortnight and on the same day. The next payday is on 31 Jan, next is 14 Feb, and so on and so forth.
I will still get paid on 31 Jan for at least half of my fortnightly pay because my maternity leave does not officially start until 28 Jan. My maternity benefit starts on 7 Feb, which falls in the week between 2 paydays, and the rest of the benefit will be deposited to me every 2 weeks following that date. Our spreadsheet tracks our incomes and expenses based on our pay schedule. I can't adjust our spreadsheet just because I'll be on maternity benefit for 14 weeks.
So my question is to which payday should I allocate my maternity benefit, the prior (31 Jan) or the latter (14 Feb)?