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Coming out of the fog

January 25th, 2017 at 12:33 pm

Our weekend trip to Iowa was fun. It was great to see the grandbabies. But it was a failure as far the money allocated. I need to remember that trips always end up costing more than what was planned for. At least usually.
I took enough cash, but at the hotel, when I wanted to pay cash for the night, they wanted an additional $100 for possible damage. I didn't have debit card with me, and was not going to use a credit card if possible. so I gave them the $100, and we hung around the hotel mostly. The kids swam and then went back again late to swim, and then woke up to swim. Whoo. So instead of spending $150 for everything, it was more like $250. Frown
I worked Monday and Tuesday as a sub at my local school. Today I had my class that they want you to take before having a knee replacement. I got a few things at Price Chopper that were on sale and used a few coupons.
The big sale there starts tomorrow. I will be staying around home tomorrow so on Friday I plan to go back to P.C, and stock up and use a bunch of coupons.
It is dawning on me that my knee replacements, both current one and the upcoming one won't last forever. They say maybe 15 to 20 years, if you "treat them right". It is scary to think of being 15 years out from here and having them wear out.
I have only recently begun to contemplate what DH and I are going to do for health insurance after his retirement. Am I correct in remembering from somewhere that if you were born after 1959 your age to being receiving medicare is not 65, but 70? Can somebody tell me if that's correct?

4 Responses to “Coming out of the fog”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    I think it is still 65 according to this site:


    Sorry about the extra cost at the hotel. Traveling is always a crap shoot ... you can plan for expenses and then something else comes up.

  2. Butterscotch Says:

    Do you not get the $100 back when then verify there was no damage to the room???

  3. Kiki Says:

    Didn't you get the $100 deposit back when you checked out?

  4. snafu Says:

    I'm bewildered that you declined to use your CC to save $ 100. damage deposit. Once you have access to a computer, you merely verify the charge has posted on your CC and then go on-line to your bank. There is a column on the left of your screen listing choices, Pay Bills is merely one of several. Add the name, account number, expiry, verification and pay the amount. The money will leave your account nearly immediately but take a few days to show up on your CC as 'credit.' It's a very easy process, more secure than paying by cheque, less bother than going to the financial institution with cash in hand.

    I suggest getting accustomed to these new procedures now because it's merely a matter of time until writing cheques is as odd as writing deposit slips for pay 'envelopes' or employer's cheques as was done last century. I was surprised when we got our 1st 'tap' CCs, unbidden. The Bank insists they are more secure, less prone to error or fraud.

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