Now You Know the Rest of the Story…

February 18, 2010

I apologize, these stories won’t be as entertaining as the tales Paul Harvey used to tell but people have been asking so I’ll share.

For better or worse, there are times when I share personal stories on this site or write about something based on personal experiences.  I’ve had several people follow up with me over email to see how things turned out so I thought I’d share some of them here.

How to Refer a Friend for a Job – Good news!  He made it past the first interview and went back in for the second round of interviews today! Turns out my company has a referral program where I can make $2,000 if I someone I refer gets hired.  Unfortunately, there’s a certain form you have to fill out before they apply to make it official, which I didn’t know about, so I don’t qualify for the referral bonus even if he gets the job.  Bummer. 

Lost Wedding Ring Blues – We searched high and low for my wife’s missing wedding ring and had written it off as lost.  Then one day when I was at work our son runs out of his bedroom yelling, “I found it” and holding her ring.  Apparently one night when she was picking up his toys it must have slid off and ended up in the bottom of his toy box.  He gets a gold star for finding the ring.  He was VERY proud of himself for finding it : )

Cost of Sick Kids – Our family was suffering through several bouts of cold and stomach bugs this winter season when I wrote about some of the ways that sick kids cost you money.  Well, we ended up losing money in each of those ways. 

  • I had to take sick days to stay home with sick kids. 
  • We lost daycare money that we paid when the kids didn’t go to day care. 
  • We had several bills from several visits to the doctor’s office.
  • I burned some cash stocking up on prescriptions and over the counter medicine.
  • My cold turned into a sinus infection that lasted FOREVER which meant more doctor’s visits, more time off work for appointments, and more medicine.

Our poor little girl’s cold stuck around long enough that not only did it turn into a sinus infection, she ended up with a double ear infection as well.  Luckily we’re all feeling much better now and our girl is finishing up her final dose of antibiotics.  Thank goodness I put a chunk of money in my flexible spending account!


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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