It’s summer vacation season. But before you go anywhere, make sure you inform your credit card company of your travel plans.
If an account is being used in an unfamiliar spending pattern, including being used in a different state or country and charges that are not the normal spending amount, many companies will lock the account in an effort to reduce credit card fraud.
The bumper sticker had only one word on it: “Loving-kindness.”
And as soon as I read it, I suspected someone was trying to mess with my mind, for I was in no mood for such a one word aphorism as “loving-kindness,” my patience having been tested by the distracted waitress who forgot to turn in half of my lunch order.
While planning for summer vacation, be careful not to fall victim to travel scams that could result in loss of money or possessions and even identity theft.
Watch what you are posting on social media. Most people know not to post travel dates on Facebook before they depart, but some still might post pictures of the beach or their hotel room while they are there.
George Washington Carver, the botanist and inventor — who as a black man in the Reconstruction era of 19th century America had reason upon reason for not succeeding — once observed, “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”
You answer the door and it’s someone selling magazine subscriptions.
The seller may claim that he/she is raising money for a school or charity. The subscription prices seem steep. In fact, they are typically three times the typical price. However, the money goes to a good cause, so you purchase one anyway.