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Oddness with SSN…?

The HR lady for the new job said that my SSN came up with several names associated with it, and asked if I’ve had that happen before.
At first I thought it was due to a typo on her form, but she had the correct number. So I checked my credit reports from TransUnion and Experian. There aren’t any extra accounts on either report, but Experian has a couple of misspellings of my name. I don’t know if *that’s* what the HR lady meant – she didn’t respond yet to my inquiry on what names were showing up. But do I really need to worry about a misspelling?

Actually I’m trying to keep BB very firmly in mind right now

Sharon raised a great point, one that we should all take note of, that this is a prime time for folks to do really stupid financial things (and or be taken advantage of). Bereavement makes us think we can go do wild things “because who cares in the face of what’s just happened?!?!?” Last time my parents lost a close friend like this (my godfather and uncle) they went out and bought a new set of furniture for their living room. Seriously. So I’m clutching the purse strings even tighter than usual right now. Mom is already harping on me that a day’s visit won’t be enough, an overnight won’t be enough, heck a whole week won’t be enough “to really do justice to celebrating Joanne’s life and catching up with all these people”. Oh, yippee. Let the guilt games begin. And we have our hog sale coming up in less than two weeks, with new orders from new customers coming in. If we screw THAT up because of all this hoopla, that’s thousands of dollars of sales, plus tens of thousands of dollars of future sales, out the window. So BB is even more front-and-center right now than ever. If I have to be Spock for the next week, so be it. I won’t let an event like this, sad as it is, to drag down worthwhile long-term plans. No matter who’s throwing the temper tantrum. I’ll mourn. But I’m not going to go broke just to show how upset I am. BB himself (or you fine folks) would fly/drive out here and smack me around for doing so. And with good reason.

My sympathies to you through your loss

Have you done name your own price on Priceline for a ticket?
I’m leery of recommending asking the airline for bereavement fares, that’s code for charging you more than necessary.

I am so sorry for your loss

I know how important she was to you. Both my parents died young as a result of smoking. I understand how you feel about cigarettes.
Finances are not your main concern right now, but have you spoken to the airlines? Some, will sometimes offer a discount for such emergencies. It couldn’t hurt to ask.

This week was just that a series of reality checks

Not all were financial, but some were MAJOR ones. Here’s the run down.

1. As you already know, mud wrestling a goose can get you a mouthful of “mud” just asked ds.

2. If you live in Oklahoma the weather can go from nearly needing the air conditioner to freeze warnings and snow in just a few hours. See our weather map for this last week. The snow was Sunday. I’m now very glad I hadn’t already done my spring planting.

3. It must be time to get the walkers and electric wheel chair we own out of storage, because we learned from watching a dvr of American Idol that one of our favorite songs by the Beatles is 46 years old!!! How can that be? We remember when they first started, we aren’t that old are we?

4. Dh HAD new camper fever, right up until he priced USED ones that were smaller than the paid for one we already have and discovered they were over $40,000 with less storage and amenities than we already have. He’s now looking up how to do the few repairs ours needs himself. LOL!

5. Not everything is straightened out with dh/ds paychecks yet. Let’s just say I’ve been budgeting for certain hours, and those hours aren’t showing up on the paycheck. Dh is going straight to the owner today and by passing the comptroller.

6. Dh is so ready for retirement that he’s looking around for things to sell—AGAIN—fine by me.

7. Free two weeks with ancestry.com is up, I found a LOT of info. Now to try and activate some other free ancestry discs I have.

8. #1 reality check, we are so blessed with all we have, look at the tent city video I posted earlier and you can see why I am counting my blessings that we were lucky enough to get on the DR plan when we did to avoid being homeless.

Lucky you

heard a man raving about the GF rotisserie and have never seen one new or used. Am keeping an eye out. We use the grill all the time. I also had several bread makers I found at yard sales, most I gave to the kids. I’d just give it another try at writing to corporate, somehow they’ve dropped the ball on this but I’ve had really good luck with just mild complaints with most companies. Have a belgian waffle maker that has been great, never sticks unlike the larger type.

If it were me I’d not put much more time into it, frankly

This is only because here, in FL, used bread machines are a dime a dozen and you can find, nice clean ones for a $5 price. In this case, my time would be worth more so that’s what I would do here. Having said that, I’ve no idea what the used market offers in your neck of the woods, though, so deep at it if there’s not another alternative.

I have many, many used kitchen appliances that’d I’d never give up and my personal rule is never more than $5. I have a spiffy waffle iron, full-sized, with plates that lift out (yay) and make clean up a breeze, as well as becoming a griddle (or Panini maker). I have the best $1 citrus juicer ever made, a George Foreman rotisserie (brand new) that I’ve fallen in love with, George Foreman mid-sized grill with with cleaning paddles and drip pans, and my own little guilty please, an Xpress Redi-Set-Go. Some came with manuals, some didn’t, but I always find a free copy online which is fine for me.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m very tenacious when I feel the situation calls for it (spent 3 days this week fighting the fact a bldg. supply store, after assuring me they could input a Mastercard E-gift card I had, couldn’t. (I’d been placing an order online and wanted a half dozen cement blocks but seems they didn’t have them online or in store according to their website, so called for a sku number because, of course, they have them…was talked into coming in, instead.)

Anyway, no one knew how to do it and, after 3 hours, I was in so much pain (health issues), I went home in tears. Emailed the company I got my E-gift card from (won it on a website) and after two emails stating it could not be used at a store, sent one more email, none too nice. I absolutely know it can be done online. (The in-store attempt was not my bailiwick and I didn’t think it could be done there.) Got a call from a rep who said that, yes, it absolutely could be done online as she, herself, had won one from the same source and that she, too, used it at that store.

Conclusion was to go the issuer’s website and check out the activity on that card. This was done the following morning and I found the original attempt had locked the funds, while the balance had been denied due to lack of funds out of the gate. Wouldn’t have worked anyway IF funds had been available, as it’d have to be done online, which is what I had always thought. Whew.

Back to store to discuss with manager the fact his store locked my funds but gave me nada. He promptly put in the info on his end to unlock the funds and for the 4 hours I’d spent at the store, simply gave me the $88 worth of items I’d been after. That, I considered a win. Told me when the funds were unlocked early next week to have fun with the gift card as I’d certainly earned it. Woohoo!

So, the moral of this missive is, if you can afford to replace it with a used one inexpensively or if a friend has one they no longer use, consider that route as your time is valuable (on a farm, it MUST be!). Otherwise, stay on the company.

Oh, here’s another idea (might have missed it in prior responses). Go to the mfg’s facebook page (if they have one) and succinctly explain your situation. When push came to shove, I found this has always netted me the desired response. I do tend to mention that I’ve put in x number of hours going through proper channels and I will just find a competitor’s product with more timely customer service. Also that I’ll be sure to share my experiences via my blogs, groups and facebook contacts. That seems to always scare them into fixing things IMMEDIATELY. Honestly, I give them a fair shake before I go that route, but my time is worth something, to be sure.

If you decide to call the manufacturer directly make sure get the following info:

1) Name of person to whom you are talking

2) His/her employee number. This helps identify who you have talked to when you get moved up the food chain.

3) His/her extention number in case you forget something and want to talk to him/her again

4) Date and time of call

This provides a paper trail of your own of who you have talked to. Of course, for the item in question you have to decide if all of this is worth it.

I would see if you can CALL the manufacturer directly

Sometimes emails get lost, deleted, directed to the wrong department. If there is no manufacturer listing try to google and see if you can find one. If that fails, mail the company directly, And keep all records of correspondence too. If all that fails and you get no where, email or write to the CEO. That usually works.

So I’m curious

The hyperlink provided (thanks for that, BTW), says you can’t be sued for a debt that old….but are they allowed to still call and try to collect on it?

I’m just wondering because, gosh, it’s probably been 6 or 7+ years ago that DH had knee surgery. Way back after they had gotten paid by the insurance company, we got two bills from the surgery center (it was outpatient) for 2 different doctors for the same surgery. They never would provide proof that there was more than 1 doctor (other than the anesthesiologist) involved in the surgery so we refused to pay it. I’d like to try online payday loans maybe someone know something about gshloans.com service? Every once in a while I’ll get something from them, or we’d dispute it on our credit report (back when I cared) and they’ll provide to the CRA’s the same “bill” we are disputing, etc etc.

I would contact the manufacturer direct

because that is a manufacturer warranty due to the fairly new age of the machine. I’d be polite in my email and state that you feel they are being poorly represented by this third party because it is after all the manufacturer they are representing them. In other words go up the food chain. You won’t be out anything, because it takes very little time to send an email, and they need to know how they are being misrepresented by this third party.
It would not hurt to put in your email somewhere that until the paddle broke how extremely pleased you were with their product, but the inability of not being able to use it at this point is starting to put a bad taste in your mouth. Sugar and vinegar at once so to speak. I have often found it is better to go directly to the manufacturer than mess with the middle guy.

I would pursue my email inquiries a few more times

perhaps you have a different e-mail address to start a discussion again with the third party again, just to see/confirm they are still in business and still handling such affairs. Then I would call and talk with someone about what is going on, and your request to handle this matter sooner rather than later.
Is there somewhere you can buy just the paddle? I wouldn’t buy another machine brand new. What about looking in a thrift store for the machine where it might be worth it to buy for the paddle.

I have an annoying little situation here

which it occurred to me folks on the list might have some suggestions. It’s not DR, per se, but it is mildly financial and I’m not sure what to do next. So here goes.

We bought a bread machine in May of last year. In February of this year, the bread machine’s paddle broke. It was still well under warranty (1 year from date of purchase), and I had the receipt. I found the manufacturer’s customer service department online, and submitted a form from their website stating that the paddle had broken, it was under warranty and I wanted a replacement paddle. Not the whole machine, mind you, just the paddle. I was pleasantly surprised to get an answer back within 48hrs, asking for some codes from the machine serial number plate, and from the receipt. I emailed them within 24 hours with that information. I got back a reply within 48hrs of that, saying yes it’s still under warranty, thanks for the information, they’ll be happy to send a new paddle, I could expect to see it within 14 days. That was in mid-February.

Two weeks came and went, and no paddle. I emailed them back, saying I hadn’t received it yet. I got a reply within 48hrs again, saying there had been a problem at the distribution center, it would go out within just a few more days, and here’s the address they have on file for me. It was the wrong address. I emailed them back saying thanks for the reply, but the address is incorrect, minor typo, here’s the correct address. They emailed back that same day, saying thanks for the correction, they’ll get it sent to the corrected/verified address, thanks for my patience. That was three weeks ago.

So a week ago I emailed them back AGAIN, saying I still hadn’t received the paddle, it’s now been over a month since I first reported the problem AND since they had verified that the machine was under warranty and that a new paddle was forthcoming. But now I’m not getting an answer.

The machine in question was less than $100. My customer service inquiries have all come from and gone to some third-party company that apparently does customer service for multiple brands. So I’m not sure now where the problem is – the original manufacturer, the customer service company, or the distribution center (if that even exists as opposed to being some fictitious and convenient scapegoat). I don’t have contact information other than the email that I’ve had going back and forth and now they’re not replying to that any more. I’m debating with myself whether this is worth pursuing (principle of the thing) vs the real-world hassle factor involved, and perhaps I should just go out and buy a new machine. I was thinking to file a complaint but I don’t really know who to file a complaint with, or even who to file the complaint against.

I have my budget

menu and grocery shopping list done. I have a better idea of what I want to do with my investments thanks to Kimberly loaning me some books. I purchased DH a nice used power chair for 98% off retail. We have designed a ramp and front porch for it. We are saving cash for that too. I am trying to come up with frugal house remodeling ideas. So far no real good ideas there. I stink at that type thing. Especially since most stuff DH can’t help with. I would love any blog or tip ideas. I want to stay on budget with that and of course pay cash. We have been saving cash for season passes to a local theme park. Living like no one else is fun!

There was never a contract to begin with, nothing in writing

There was never a leinholder on the title. We bought the truck, it was an all cash transaction so when we registered it, it and the title are in mine and my husband’s names. FIL said for us to pay him what we could when we could. We have paid him monthly through our credit unions bill pay service or via personal check. I have copies of the personal checks (when presented at the bank for payment). I could keep records of the bill pay ones too. I also have a balance sheet staying what days I paid him and how.

To my knowledge neither of his brothers know about the loan. They know we had one, but I don’t think they knew their dad was who held it.

I don’t want to be a nay sayer, but based on my own personal experience I have to ask

Are there other “heirs” to what will eventually be his estate? Has the title been previously transferred? Is it clear of liens?
Now why I ask. In 1999 my dfil died. Dh had previously been told that when he died his pick-up and fifth wheel would be dh’s inheritance. Dmil agreed to it and all four kids knew it. Only THE sil decided otherwise and kept sneaking on our property to take the truck, that she some how had a key to. When we’d complain the remark was made that dmil was still on the title.
Dmil kept dragging her feet on turning the two over. She was hurting financially so we offered to pay for the two. We drew up a contract for $18,000 (dh really wanted these items) plus interest and paid her monthly until it was paid in full. There was never a lien put on the two and the titles were transferred the day we drew up the contract. NOW, THE sil is claiming we stole the truck and fifth wheel and gave dmil zero dollars. She threatened us with court action (note this is 14 years later), not directly but through social media and various friends and family members. She KNOWS of the contract—she has a copy of it, she also knows we have all our cancelled checks, but she continues.
You never think a family member would behave in such a manner, until it happens. A text will not hold up in a court of law if someone decides to get stinky. So I must ask, for your protection, is there any paper trail of this loan? If so PLEASE get a notarized paper stating it’s paid in full before you have the hassle we are having.