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January 26th, 2017 at 11:12 am

I ran to the library and faxed a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan telling him I don't appreciate them dismantling ACA without something else in place. Thanks to Dido for bringing this to my attention on Facebook. It's all happening very quickly.

Yet another job possibility....a perm, f/t job working as a financial writer for a consulting group where I once worked in 2001; it turned out to be just a 9-month stint, since once 9/11 happened, all their business (financial services companies, many in the Twin Towers) dried up. My recruiter friend is presenting me to them today.

I checked on Linked In and found that only 3 people who were there when I was there still remain: 2 partners and the HR person! So it's a whole new crew. It would be very good money, a 40-minute commute and longish hours, also pretty challenging.

I've been trying to step away from financial jobs, but oh well.

The job at Ivy League is still up in air as the planned meeting yesterday was rescheduled.

Spent just $16 at Aldi's and they would not refund me (just $1.50) for the canned organic black beans that were marked down to .49/can and they charged me .79/can for. They said I was looking at the sign for mixed vegetables below the black beans, but I know what I saw.

When I discovered this last week, I TRIED to call my local Aldi's store but was unpleasantly surprised to see they DO NOT list their phone number anywhere. Neither does their website; I tried sending a message to corporate aldi's and they directed me back to the local store.

I guess not the end of the world; still a good price for those beans. Today's deals included .79 pink grapefruits, .79 carton of white mushrooms (the brown mushrooms were higher priced, for no reason at all except that they look more healthy) and $1.29 eggplant, plus the organic, non-GMO soymilk at $2.19 is a great price. And blackberries, $1.69 per small plastic carton, another great price.

Over 80% of the soybeans grown in US are Monsanto GMO soybeans, which means the pesticides are in the genetic material now, and studies have found these soybeans have much higher pesticide residue than organic or non-GMO soybeans. So non-GMO soymilk is very much appreciated.

I'm mostly limited to buying fresh produce there but given that's largely what I'm eating these days, it covers a lot of my dietary needs. I'll have to go elsewhere to get my 4% (not 6%) concentration of balsamic vinegar for some oil-free salad dressings I'm going to try.

Left to do today: Long walk and hopefully start my taxes, which I'm not positive I can do myself this year due to some complicated looking Form 8949 stuff related to inheritance. Doing my taxes is probably first on my list of Things I Hate Doing.

8 Responses to “Thursday things”

  1. Barnaby Says:

    Yeah, I finally gave in and hired an accountant to do my taxes. It pains me to spend the money, but they've become so complicated it would probably end up costing me more if I did it myself, in terms of something I've missed.

  2. Carol Says:

    I am committing to write the White House and Speaker Ryan today about keeping the ACA safety net in place, amend if necessary.
    Good luck on one of these jobs!!

  3. Another Reader Says:

    Just curious why you didn't enroll in the ACA and decided to take COBRA instead?

  4. fern Says:

    Another Reader, my COBRA wasn't that expensive, all things considered: $525/mth.

    Even the Bronze plans on ACA were not any cheaper, in fact they were more expensive.

  5. Another Reader Says:

    I would think you would qualify for a substantial ACA subsidy if you are currently unemployed. Just a thought.

  6. fern Says:

    Yes, I would, but there's also a good chance I'll get some kind of job, at some time in 2017, and then have to pay it back.

  7. AnotherReader Says:

    WTH? I did not write those comments, at least not on this post and certainly not today. Either someone is logging in under my identity or these posts were in response to an earlier post and somehow ended up here.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    If the jobs right for you, I hope you get it.

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