In no particular order...
- We are still experiencing some wild monsoon weather. Examples here, here, and here.
- I went online to lift the credit freezes I have on my accounts at the big three credit reporting agencies yesterday. I'm opening another investment account and didn't know if they needed to check my credit or not so I figured it would take a few minutes to log into each account and temporarily suspend the freezes. Two hours and one near panic attack later, things got worked out. The first two log-ins were no problem, the last one I tried to log in to said I had the wrong user name and password so I clicked on forgot username and it said they would send a link to my email...only the email they showed was not for my email account! About the only way to get ahold of the company was through a phone tree that first asked for my birthdate and social security number but it kept saying my entries were wrong! I had flashes of a multi-month process to get my accounts back from a hacker as I frantically dialed every number I could find for the company. Finally I got a guy in marketing who transferred me to a real person and he got all of my account details back in my name. For about an hour, I was really freaking out! On a happy note, it didn't seem like my credit had been hacked as all of my info was correct and it showed I was two points away from a perfect credit score! Lesson: check your credit reports for free EVERY year (I hadn't accessed these accounts in probably two or three years).
- We are still on track with our cash-only challenge this month. In our shopping today in which we only bought loss leaders, we saved 69% over the regular cost of the food--the cashiers are always shocked when they hit total and see all of the money dropping off of our amount due.
- My friend's daughter has been sick for about two and a half years. Like fever, body aches, and other symptoms, everyday, for two and a half years. She has seen doctor after doctor, and was even brought into the Mayo clinic for testing and still no results. Finally yesterday she got a call that it is probably a rare cancer that less than a thousand people in the whole country have. So she will have more tests to confirm this...meanwhile my friend and I spent a few hours pouring over what research we could find on the disease and found that while cancer is a terrifying diagnosis, this sort--if this is what she actually has--is super slow growing, has a good long-term prognosis, and treatment options aren't horrible.
- I'm trying to avoid the news, as well as several subreddits like this, because everything is so stressful and depressing. I can feel my blood pressure rise with each article that is worse than the last!