Category Archives: Money

#860: Play Powerball

I’ve never had good luck–or at least that’s what I say. Others say you make your own luck, and still others say that whether you think you have good luck or not, you’re right. But just trust me when I tell you if something is based solely on luck, I’m not going to be a winner. (The only things I’ve ever won have been those that relied on at least some skill or talent, including guessing how many candies were in a jar, which I used math to calculate.)

Add that to the fact that in a methods course in college, we had to determine the odds of winning the lottery, and you can see how that was enough to convince me I didn’t need to test the numbers.

So I would never play Powerball, even if the prize were over $1 billion, which it was yesterday.

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Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Money


#765: Pay in Thai Baht

Almost every time someone hears about my Thailand trip (which happens a lot, because it’s a lot of fun to say, “Sorry, I can’t make the meeting–I’ll be in Thailand!”), they inevitably offer helpful advice like, “That’s so short!”

It is.  A week is an extremely short amount of time to spend in a country across the world.  It’s even shorter when you consider I will probably be in a jet-lagged haze for most of it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Money


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#590: Pay off all student loans

I think I’m supposed to feel like I just accomplished something important.  I know I’m supposed to feel like a small thing I do in my life that means I no longer have a certain automatic payment deducted from my checking account each month is no less impressive just because I happen to have friends who are doing things like pledging their lives to another human being until the end of time.

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Posted by on March 6, 2014 in Money


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#505: Pay off a student loan

Don’t worry–I still have another student loan that isn’t paid off because a full-tuition scholarship to a private university leaves you with room and board debt equaling that of a state school’s tuition.  So paying off the loan isn’t something to be that excited about.

In fact, it’s not something to be excited about at all, really, considering I sort of regret doing it.  I wasn’t planning on doing it either.  I had called the loan company after receiving a confusing update letter to ask how much I had left to pay.  The amount was depressingly high, but it was an amount I currently had in my bank account, so…I just decided to pay it off.

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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Money


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#493: Send a tax dept a letter

Dear Ohio Department of Taxation:

I do not owe income taxes from 2011 because I officially moved out of Ohio in 2006. 

Though I can understand your confusion.  After all, I:

-was born in Ohio
-still root for the Browns and Indians as if I truly believe one year they won’t let us down
-occasionally let slip a short “a” sound with a hint of a mostly phased out Northeast Ohio accent
-visit Ohio frequently as my entire immediate family still lives there
-love my niece and nephew who live in Ohio more than I ever thought possible
-defend Lake Erie as a legitimate body of water
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Money


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#458: Get a call from a creditor

I’m gullible.  There.  I said it.  I pretend like I’m not because it goes along with the whole sarcastic, cynical side of my personality–if I can dish it out, I should be able to take it, too.  But I’m very bad at taking it.  Tell me something outrageous and if I’ve decided I can trust you (which I typically do within 4 minutes of meeting a person), I’ll believe you.

So when I called the company billing me for a doctor’s appointment in November and told them my insurance had already paid for the visit because that’s what it looked like, and they said that’s fine, I believed them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Money


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