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October 12, 2014
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Health Insurance Questions

I was so annoyed with my sister Penny when she told me that she never did get around to signing up for the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance! From what I understand, the people that did not sign up for it by January First were going to end up paying some kind of penalty in the future! I strongly encouraged her to check out http://www.nchealthagency.com/ and see if she can find some place online to find out if it is too late now to sign up, what the penalties might be for having missed the deadline, and if there is any way to have the penalty lifted, or forgiven.

October 6, 2014
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All that glitters

I have to admit that I’m not very sophisticated when it comes to dealing with the money in my 401K and IRA. I know that it is a good idea to have them, to help provide for financial security when I finally reach retirement age. But I thought that these accounts had to be stocks and bonds. It was only recently that I discovered that I could have a gold IRA investment as well.

The next time my investment counselor calls me I’m going to ask him about IRA gold, and whether I should put some into my account.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure at this point if I have a 401k or an IRA! I just remember a few months ago doing a rollover from a 401k plan. So I guess I’ll need to ask him about 401k gold too.

I know he is always talking about diversification, but lately I’ve been leaning towards the conservative side. My head starts to hurt just thinking about it!

September 30, 2014
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Silly Memes

A friend is sending around a meme that asks all kinds of silly questions. I think most of them are too personal and I’m actually suspicious of some of them. They seem to ask the type of questions that software programs ask for security tests. Like when you forget the password. So I’m not going to answer the meme questions.  Call me paranoid, but I don’t think it is smart to put all that personal infromation out there.

September 24, 2014
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Do you own any class rings?

pretty class ring

pretty class ring

When I was in high school, it was a really big deal among the kids to exchange your senior class rings if you were “going steady.” You had a choice between a girl’s ring, or a boy’s ring – no other style options were offered – just what color stone you wanted! After I graduated high school and entered the work force, and college, I didn’t even wear my class ring at all – it was big and bulky and ugly – even though it was the “girls’ style” of ring!

When my sons were in high school, I can remember them bringing home the order form for their class rings, and we had a brief discussion about whether or not to buy class rings. They decided not to spend the money on them, which I thought was a good decision – I was really shocked by the price of the rings! They were over $200!

I was looking online at class rings here a little while ago and was amazed at the variety of styles that can be ordered now! And the prices are reasonable, too! If my kids girls, and were in high school now, I would probably encourage them to buy one of the pretty rings for girls – they really are quite feminine and look really nice. The price is right, too!

September 16, 2014
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Rogaine thefts

A couple of days ago one of the shift supervisors came back into the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist if there was some illegal use of Rogaine where people could use it to make some kind of new designer drug. Apparently someone had stolen almost all of the Rogaine from our store. We’d never heard of anything like that before! So when I got home I went online and tried to find out what I could about why someone would steal Rogaine. Apparently this is a widespread problem in many stores. People are stealing Rogaine and then selling it on the streets, and then using the money for whatever they want to buy. I just don’t understand why there would be such a strong market for stolen Rogaine – there is a cheap generic on the market. Doesn’t seem like it would be worth the risk of getting caught!  But then again, I’m a straight-shooter and find it hard to justify any kind of thefts…..