This isn’t entirely about finance but I liked the alteration of the title.
Here are my two stories.
first has to do with my bank. If you own a house you know once a year
the bank refigures your escrow balance. Invariably there is a short fall
in the account. You’re giving two choices. You can pay the difference
or have the shortfall rolled into your mortgage payment. I always pay
the difference. I don’t want my payment to go up. I just like it that
About a week or so ago I got a letter from my bank. It said
that they hadn’t properly calculated the amount that I owed. They were
correcting that mistake and sending me a check for the difference.
Unfortunately I did not keep the letter because I’d love to actually
quote directly from it.
On Saturday I got my check. It was for 5
cents. Yes 5 cents. Let me state that again it was for 5 cents. Now I
know the original letter was probably triggered by a computer program.
But really couldn’t they have just applied the 5 cents to my mortgage
balance. What a waste of money for let me write it again 5 cents. I feel
like Lucy in Peanuts charging 5 cents for advice.
Now the other financial funny is something different altogether.
got a little early on Wednesday from work. I was meeting my friend Stu
and we were going to go to dinner and then to a GW game. Getting out
early allowed me time to go over to the White House gift shop and get
the 2014 Christmas ornament. I paid $18.95 for it.
to the museums on Sunday, I was heading toward the Metro and I stopped
off at souvenir shop. They just so happened to have the ornament. It was
on sale for $46.00. If you bought one you could get another for half
price. Still more than the cost of the ornament from the White House
gift shop. The mark up almost 2 and a half times the actual price. The
other thing was that all the ornaments no matter what year they were
from were $46. At the gift shop ornaments from other years are usually a
couple of dollars less.
And those are my financial funnies.