May 16, 2013 at 5:17 am (Uncategorized)
I called and scheduled an appointment with a doctor’s office. I am a new patient. This doctor’s office charges a $40 reservation fee for new patients. The fee is charged the day I make the appointment. What?
The receptionist explained on the day of the appointment, I will be credited the $40.
I guess this particular doctor has experienced a number of problems with new patients?
I understand a no-show fee or failing to cancel within 24 hour fee. But a fee charged as a new patient at the moment one makes an appointment, BEFORE seeing the doctor?
May 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm (Uncategorized)
Not The Money Heifer. The Dow Jones Industrial Average at over 15,000 should not be front page news.
Let me know when unemployment among all groups is less than 5 percent. Only then will I celebrate.
May 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm (Uncategorized)
Today during lunch I stopped by my credit union to get two money orders.
My credit union allows one free money order per day. If you need to obtain more than one, there is a fee.
I submitted the credit union’s transaction slip to obtain a $75 money order for an upcoming reunion. This transaction is connected to my personal account.
After that transaction was completed I presented to the teller another transaction slip to obtain a money order for $175 (to pay for carpet cleaning service at my condo). This transaction is connected to my business account.
The teller told me there is a $5 fee for the second money order. I replied there should not be. I explained I am seeking a money order under my business account which has a different member number versus my personal account. If I am wrong, I told the teller I would come back tomorrow.The teller excused herself to speak with a supervisor.
Upon returning she told me, “you are correct. There is no charge.”
Of course! If I requested a money order from my checking account and my holiday account under my personal member number, under the credit union’s rule, I would have to pay the $5 fee. But since the two money orders are coming from two separate member accounts (one personal & the other business ), there is no fee.
What’s scary is the teller could not figure it out herself (and she is an employee of the credit union).
When it comes to money, you always need to know the rules!!!
May 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm (Uncategorized)
as I tone up & lose weight (& hopefully by June 1st) can fit snugly into again some skirts (my thighs are really uncooperative) that there would be a pot of money that would magically appear by the scale upon reaching my desired weight.
I could really show off the new physically fit body with cute tops & bottoms.
Boy, I wish.
April 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm (Uncategorized)
In my last blog I whined (& rightfully so) about paying $3.56 for one red bell pepper. Yesterday I was at Costco. At one point while loading an item in the shopping cart, I noticed another customer pushing a shopping cart with a bag of six large red bell peppers. That’s right, Costco sells produce.
I began my quest. When I located the holy grail, umh, the bag of bell peppers, the price was right: six bell peppers for $6.99. Yippie.
As I reached for the bag of red bell peppers, a dazzling display of colors caught my eyes: a bag of six bell peppers containing a pair of red, a pair of yellow and a pair of orange bell peppers. Of course I purchased the variety pack.
Thanks Costco to coming to my rescue. My goal of eating healthy is not thwarted by sky high prices.
And tonight I saved the seeds of the red bell pepper. Will grow this year and next.
April 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm (Uncategorized)
I stopped to shop at my favorite grocery store this evening, M.O.M. or My Organic Market. Trying to eat healthier, I purchased certain items. One item I selected was a red bell pepper. The sign listed the price as $6.99 per pound. I assumed the one bell pepper I selected wouldn’t cost that much.
Boy, was I wrong! This bell pepper weighed .51 pounds. I could not have imagined that one bell pepper costing $3.56.
In contrast, 2.23 pounds of banana cost $1,76. A 5 oz container of spring lettuce mix cost $3.99. Baby carrots = $1.99.
Hmmm, it has got to be cheaper GROWING red bell peppers. I’ve grown peppers the last few years. Not sure if I have seeds for red bell peppers. If not, I will grow and enjoy whatever variety of bell peppers I have in stock.
April 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm (Uncategorized)
We, as Americans, need to re-evaluate what we supposedly value. When there is a horrific event like the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, what would we do without the brave first responders? And how do we as a society show our appreciation to these individuals putting their lives on the line daily? Very little if you look at their paychecks.
Isn’t it outrageous how much Wall Street bankers and athletes are paid? Ridiculous sums of money.
Another example, our federal politicians receive a very comfortable salary plus all the perks of office. Yet, who faces the danger of exposure to potentially life threatening substances through the mail? Our postal employees. And how do we value their service? Frankly, we don’t.
We, as Americans, need to figure out what’s really important and compensate those individuals accordingly!!!!
April 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm (Uncategorized)
Received today in the mail a letter from Bank of America and a check.
The letter states
Our records indicate that you were previously enrolled in the Bank of America Privacy Assist Service.
Upon reviewing your account records with our service provider, we found that while you were enrolled, there was a period of time during which you did not receive all of the benefits of this service. As a result, Bank of America is sending you a refund of $59.17.
As your service has since been cancelled, no additional action is required. You are no longer being billed, and the refund attached below is yours to keep.
This notice only applies to your prior Bank of America Privacy Assist service and does not impact any other accounts you may have with Bank of America
Thank you class action lawsuit and/or government regulators. I assume many more individuals received such a refund.
I terminated the Privacy Assist service between 2007 – 2009. I don’t have any other accounts with Bank of America.
And unexpected refund. Delighted
April 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm (Uncategorized)
Had a medical test performed almost three weeks ago. I do have medical insurance but of course insurance does not cover all expenses. During the past week I’ve received several explanation of benefits statement from my insurance company. I owe $55.18, $158.41, $75.00 & $249.22. A total of $537.81 owed (I hope I have received all the bills) .
And I have health insurance. But what about those who do not? I understand why medical bills is the #1 reason why individuals file for bankruptcy.
And, by the way, there goes my DC refund.
April 3, 2013 at 6:40 am (Uncategorized)
I visited a library in Alexandria, Virginia recently. The website for the library noted there is limited street parking, that the police are viligant about enforcing parking, and provided information about taking public transportation or if driving, parking at a nearby parking garage. Since I was visiting on a Saturday, I assumed parking costs would be reasonable.
Boy was I wrong.
$5 per hour for a total of $20. I was fuming and of course you had to pay with a credit card. I was so pissed off I missed a famous person walking in the garage. My passenger saw Newt Gingrich. Okay, he can afford that parking rate. Not me.