Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Today Was a Good People Day

Some days I have bad people days--the guy in traffic who cuts me off, the cranky person on the phone giving me the run around, etc.  Today, however, was a good people day.

  • I called the VA hospital where hubby has to get his new hearing aids and the guy I talked to was really helpful.  When we first changed our enrollment from Seattle to Vegas the guy who did his enrollment said hubby would have to pay co pays and fees and a bunch of stuff we never had to pay before.  So I called the billing department today and the guy I talked to was super helpful and patient, explaining all of the intricacies of VA billing, and ended up saying that hubby can get any and all care at our local VA clinic instead of going to the military hospital, and everything would be free--no co pays, no specialist fees, etc.  Yippee!
  • Then I called my friend who I am doing a bunch of work for and not only did she give me a bunch  more work (another yippee) but we just had a long, wonderful chat on the phone.
  • Next I checked my bank account and found that this month's paycheck came in a few days early so I ran (actually walked) to the bank and paid off the visa I used to pay for our vacation.  The girl at the bank was super nice as well!
  • My next stop was the grocery store by our house.  This is one of the few chain grocery stores that cuts their own meat while you watch.  We have often picked up super cheap pork trimmings (fat, bones, a bit of meat but mostly fat) for 99 cents a pound.  While most people wouldn't eat this, adding the fat to Filipino dishes makes the food even better than using the usual lean meat found in grocery stores.  I told the butcher what I was looking for and he put aside about five pounds for me which we picked up later in the afternoon.
  • Finally we went to the Rio buffet (birthday gift from the SIL) and while the price is usually 50% off for locals, the cashier told us that beginning last January the discount is only 25%.  I showed the manager the discount that is shows for locals on their website which was really non-specific--it said up to 50% without an explanation that it was for high dollar comp players--and he said this time he would give us the 50% off this time.  Yeah!  
  • Non people related--I was able to jump through all of the hoops to get a super cheap version of MS Office Pro downloaded to my computer and it actually works (since I am doing so much work for a non-profit they paid for a copy of this otherwise super expensive software through TechSoup).  The hard part is getting everything registered and signed up and visiting a half dozen websites, etc.  Eventually I figured it out.  Yippee!


  1. Just discovered your blog and saw you mention the VA. You do not have to answer back, but if your husband has a disability rating of 50 percent or more, all care, service connected or not is free. Just thought it weird that you were told first you would have to pay. My husband is retired from the Navy and has two hearing aids, which we were told would cost over $3500 each outside the VA. I can not tell folks enough how much we appreciate the free care.

    Hope the rest of your week is peaceful...more good days.
    blessings, jill

  2. Thanks! We did get it figured out and everything is free even though he only has a 20% disability. You are right that this saves A LOT of money!