On Friday, I got a little more comfortable with the idea of stashing my money in an air duct or behind the wall somehow. I had a serious scare yesterday.
Last week was particularly hard on our budget and I found myself struggling to maintain our normal comfort level. I did it though. I always do. I’m very creative when it comes to these situations. However, it’s always a countdown to payday. As you know, the first payday of the month solves everything.
This is embarrassing but I was down to nickels and dimes yesterday morning when I stuck my card into the magic money machine at the bank. I was so glad I made it to payday without much suffering and couldn’t wait to get the usual chunk of money out of the machine as I do every Friday. I was relieved. I was happy again.
Well, guess what? It showed that I had a balance of -$360.84. Negative Three hundred sixty dollars and eighty four fucking cents! Not only was I broke for the rest of the month, I was in the hole for that amount. If that’s not bad enough, that morning I skipped breakfast and substituted it with a 20 oz. cup of some really strong coffee. That’s not only a bad idea, that’s some really bad timing. I wasn’t feeling well at this point.
I was freaking out. I was thinking about sending my daughter to my parent’s house for the weekend so she could get a hot meal and hang out with her cousins until I figured out how to get us out of this mess. I thought about cashing in all the brass and copper I’ve saved over the last several years. Anything.
I had to blow off an entire day of work to deal with my bank, my apartment complex and the shyster-assed bank they use to find out just how the hell I could be in the hole over three hundred fucking dollars when I always keep track of my balances. I was very angry but I was also very polite. That always helps.
Eventually, I found out that one of the banks had run one of my checks twice. My rent check. In fact, it was found that someone had made a copy of my check and passed it through their secret labyrinth. Apparentely that’s completely legal if someone in a bank loses your check. I took me forever to track this down thanks to all the helpful people in the banking and apartment management business. I hope they like hot places. (I got that from you LK).