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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Unexpected New Found Wealth

The old saying goes:  “Even a blind pig sometimes finds a truffle”.  It has happened to us.  No, we’re not blind pigs and I wouldn’t know a truffle if I fell over one.

Lady Luck does smile on people occasionally, after all someone has to win the lottery.  Lady Luck did smile on me, finally, after all these years and I didn’t even have to buy a lottery ticket.

When we sold our house back in November 2011 to hit the road full time, there were a number of deposits to get refunded for various things associated with homeownership.  Cable boxes, water meters, phone equipment, HOA dues and so forth.  Some of the refunds came right away, which we made good use of as we motored around the good old USA.

Other refunds took a while, including three months worth of mortgage payments the bank (Wells Fargo) automatically withdrew from our checking account after we paid the balance of the mortgage off, and had received the letter from them acknowledging the pay off.  That was fun.

So it was a surprise when 14 months after the house sold, we got a check in the mail as a refund from our electric company.

Manna from heaven!  Unexpected new found wealth.  We’ve been dreaming of how we’re going to use this extra money.  Should we invest it?  Go on a cruise?  Maybe a down payment on that new Winnebago Tour Marti has had her eye on?  We’re open to ideas.

So we’ve been hanging on to the check, waiting to cash it until we have a clear direction of what to do.  One thing is for sure, we’re only going to spend it in one place!

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31 comments:

  1. Oh, that is SO funny! Don't spend it all in one place.... I didn't even know they'd refund such a small amount... the stamp cost more than the refund!

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  2. Seriously? No wonder our country/cities/states are going bsnkrupt :-)

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  3. Hahaha! That is hilarious! Obviously common sense does not enter into these situations.

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  4. Are you kidding me???? That's crazy

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  5. Now that your RICH, How about floating us a loan?
    Give me a break, how much was the postage to mail that one cent check?

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  6. Isn't that just plain stupid!! It cost much much more to process and mail that. How dumb can some companies be????

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  7. They killed a tree for that? I think perhaps you should take up truffle smelling. ;)

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  8. Talk about waste! Perhaps that electric company is making way too much money. I can think of one or two cost cutting programs they should start. One would be to do away with the person in charge of processing that check! However, not your problem. I think you should take it and put it on a down payment for a cruise .... just see how far you'd get.

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  9. And they put all their confidence in computers. There is the result. I vote for the Tour

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  10. "A penny saved is a penny earned." Now try not to spend it all in one place! :)

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  11. I, too, vote for the new Tour, but if that check is for your down payment then the monthly payment is going to be a killer!

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  12. Wow, I thought I'd seen everything, LOL!

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  13. Be sure and notify the bank you intend to cash that check at so they can be sure and have funds on hand to cover it.

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  14. Perhaps they want your thoughts!

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  15. No wonder you got some spam with all the money you have now! :)

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  16. Hahaha - that is too funny. And to think that they spent more on mailing your penny check! ;-) I think you ought to splurge on the Tour too!

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  17. Now that we know you rich folks... care to spread some of that wealth around???

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  18. don't spend it all in one place!!

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  19. So if they do away with he penny before you cash it, will they have to give you a nickel:)

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  20. Hey Paul, it looks like they paid you what you're worth not what you think you're worth!!

    Someone should turn the lights out on that electric company!!

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  21. Okay. I laughed out loud at the amount of that check. It's almost the amount of a class-action settlement.

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  22. I had one of those ... but in reverse. A former dentist's office billed me for a couple of cents and would not hear of rolling it over to my next visit. I dropped off a check at their office. The stupid thing is that they spent 36 cents to mail it to me .... go figure.

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  23. Such a waste for such, but they need to balance the books.

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  24. I guess they paid you for your thoughts! I am not surprised to see that it was only a penny though. You would think they would have enough money that they could pay someone to come up with some software that would stop wasteful cheques like this.

    Kevin and Ruth
    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  25. If there's one thing that drives me crazy, it's stupidity! This takes the cake. How did they justify sending that amount? Dumb-de-dumb-dumb.

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  26. Oh, I looked closer and saw it's from Washington, D.C. Stupidity mystery solved.

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  27. Maybe you should take it directly to the bank and cash it with a teller!

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