Curious then, why do you still want to work for them? They sound like *******s. I co-oped for a company like that. The owner didn't treat me badly but he did to the receptionist and another engineer there. Is the job market bad where you are? I believe you are in an IT field which is usually easier to move around in than other fields.
It's really odd for someone to give you money and tell you to buy a treat for yourself like a child.