Hello everyone! Yet another week has gone by, and now there are only 19 days until Christmas. HOW did we get here already?!
Okay, enough about that, as I know no one likes those reminders. =)
Being Grateful for Good Customer Service
Here’s just one small reason I’m being grateful this week – when we went food shopping a few nights ago, we purchased something that should have been on sale. It was marked as such in the circular, but the actual price tags were a little misleading.
Sure enough, once we got our receipt, I noticed it was at full price. This was supposed to be a BOGO free deal, and the total was $9. I wasn’t about to pay that, so we brought our receipt to customer service.
The guy was so nice, and told us that for the price being incorrect, we would get both items for free. He put the $9 back on the card and we walked away happy.
Why can’t every customer service interaction go like that?!
Besides that, a Publix just opened nearby, and I guess they have a policy of doing everything for their customers. A guy emptied our cart, packed our bags, and wheeled the cart out to the parking lot. We felt bad/odd since, well, we’re young and perfectly capable of all of that. But it was still a nice gesture.
Being Grateful for Podcasts
This might seem like a weird one, but on a 3.5 hour drive to visit my parents, they come in handy! That’s about enough time to listen to 3, or 2 longish ones.
Don’t get me wrong, R and I usually enjoy talking to each other, and we have sometimes gone entire trips bouncing from topic to topic. However, there are times I’m just too tired, and would rather listen.
Some of my favorite podcasts are:
- Shannon’s Martinis and Your Money. It’s always fun to listen to, and it’s also informative. I love the fact that she talks to bloggers most of us know and love, and it’s a treat to hear them outside of their blogs! That sounds weird, but Shannon asks great questions, so listen to it if you haven’t!
- The Rooster Teeth Podcast I have to credit R with. He started listening to this a few months ago and kept raving about it. Originally, this had the name of “Drunk Tank,” and as you can see, all of them are marked explicit. There’s a lot of funny, immature humor involved, so it’s not for everyone. They do have some interesting discussions, and there’s been a few times where they’ve touched upon some PF topics! (Actually, the most recent says they discuss life insurance, ha.)
- Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income podcast is a classic. If you haven’t heard of Pat Flynn, you need to check him out. Now. He asks great questions to guests, and even in the podcasts where he’s alone, he provides a lot of value. It’s a must if you’re a blogger, or looking for side gig ideas.
- Chris Ducker’s The New Business Podcast is similarly awesome – tons of great tips and tricks for those in the online marketing world. Plus, Chris is really funny.
- Jeff Goins’ The Portfolio Life is also a good one, especially if you’re a writer or a creative. Jeff offers great insight in every episode and it always leaves you thinking.
I have a lot more, so if you need suggestions, just ask!
Being Grateful for Cats
I feel like I haven’t mentioned my cats in a while, so here you go. They’ve been really entertaining lately. Our little one is routinely chasing her tail around in circles, flipping around while doing so. Our older one has decided she actually likes her cat carrier, which is even more strange.
We took them with us on our last trip to my parents, and neither of them had a good time. It was so bad I almost considered turning back an hour into the drive.
Thankfully, we all made it, and they were much better going back home. I think the problem was that we hadn’t sprayed the “cat calming spray” enough in the car and in their carriers. That stuff seriously works.
Since we knew they would be going back with us for Christmas, we decided to leave the carriers out in the living room. Our little one started staying in there first, and then our older one must have gotten jealous and wanted to prove she could do it, too. (Yes, I’ve made up a ‘sibling’ rivalry between them.)
I’m really grateful for this and hoping they develop a positive association with their carriers. I hate putting them through the drive, but I am not leaving them alone for five and a half days. Since it’s the week of Christmas, I also feel bad asking R’s co-worker (who lives in our complex) to check in on them.
Being Grateful for Our Current Situation
R had a surprise review (surprise insofar as he knew it would be happening at some point this month, not this soon), and unfortunately, there’s no money in his department’s budget for raises. For anyone.
It’s unclear at this point when he might get a raise. It’s unfortunate, as he was told in his interview they would give him a slight raise after 6 months.
Thankfully, R and I had been talking about his future with the company, and I told him to make it a point to ask about advancement opportunities. This way, his boss at least knows he’s interested in growing with them.
There wasn’t anything promising to report there, either, though. There’s a few paths he can take, but there likely won’t be any openings for another year, possibly more. He’s also the newest addition, so his coworkers are ahead of him if anything opens up.
That’s the “problem” with being in a relatively new department, I guess. They aren’t even sure what the future will look like!
While this is a little disheartening, it’s important to remain grateful we’re even here. This position was still a bump in pay from his old one, and he’s had the opportunity to learn a lot more about construction. Neither of us like things being uncertain, but who knows what the future holds.
Lastly, I wanted to add that I had the opportunity to review XY Planning Network’s new “Find an Advisor” portal. Put simply, they’re a group of financial advisors specifically aimed at Gen Y and X, and they’re looking to recreate the field of financial planning in a way that accommodates those generations.
Going through the specialties of each advisor made me realize there’s truly no one-size-fits all approach for our finances. Each of us is in a unique situation, and it’s important to have an advisor who understands that, which is why I’m grateful they exist!
What are you being grateful for this week? What’s the strangest thing your pets have done?