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Some Cash Updates & More

August 12th, 2019 at 02:53 pm

I sold two more small items on eBay recently. I've lowered the price on one, but soon I need to end them all while we go out of town. I will likely restart them and add a few more things when we return.

I earned $3 from Pinecone Research for a survey.

We were refunded $6 in ATM fees by USAA.

I paid back the housing allowance my daughter received last semester in the amount of $758.10. It's been a chore to get the VA to correct our withdrawal of benefits and then bill us for the correct amount. I believe my plan has been to use part of our tax refund to pay this back. That money did go towards the Big Goal, so I may have to backtrack my totals at the end of the month. However, because I really, really don't like doing that, I may see if I can find another way.

We expect another bill to return the book stipend for $208.33. But unfortunately, they still are trying to bill our daughter $69.03 for tuition. All tution money was sent to the university and they should be billing them. We paid all tution in full out of pocket instead of accepting VA education benefits last semester. At least this new amount they are trying to bill for tuition is down from over $700. Can you believe we have zero access to any sort of online account for beneficiaries? We can only deal in phone calls, letters, and faxes! The government is definitely not up with the times on this kind of thing.

I did a withdrawal of cash from our younger daughter's educational savings account today. The money will cover the cost of one semester's worth of room and board. I have the remaining amount due (tuition) set aside in cash. Her tuition is due August 20, six days BEFORE school starts.

I'm waiting for my husband to be reimbursed from his last trip with the Army. He has some issues with his government card during the last trip, and he ended up putting charges on our regular card. I'm happy for the rewards, but annoyed to have that extra balance there unpaid. It will come any day though.

We were within range this month of our electricity usage. So no credit or refund, but of course, we don't owe any extra either.

Oh, and I also recently applied for the Amazon Prime Visa and earned $70 in Amazon gift cards. I already used it, since I was making a larger purchase of an air purifier. It helped cut the cost significantly. I guess I should set aside $70 towards goals since I was willing to spend the original amount.

I only threw out two frozen hamburger buns. I'm not eating processed carbs, and my daughter said she will not eat that brand, too soft and soggy. Not a bad week in terms of food waste. We keep eating what we purchase.

4 Responses to “Some Cash Updates & More”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    It's ridiculous that the VA feels the need to do all that paperwork when they could much more easily temporarily reduce benefits until you are "caught up." ;P

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Well, when they get the amounts wrong you don't want them taking anything from future benefits. It's still a possibility going forward since she IS using benefits this fall. But I think except for the $69...we are good. And if we end up paying it I guess it's a small price to pay for the benefits received thus far.

  3. fireandi Says:

    It's unbelievable that they don't have an online platform for you to conduct your financial affairs with them - I think managing finances is tremendously more difficult when you have to do so with phone calls and letters.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry you are having to wait on reimbursements. As a school district employee, I hated turning in receipts and such and then waiting a couple of months to get reimbursed when I went to a conference. We had to wait until it was sent to the school board and then the school board would only vote once a month on expenditures so it could be two or more months.

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