It pays to pay attention
CATCHING ERRORS PAYS. We just caught $80 of clerical errors in two days. Three errors happened at the grocery store. I got doublecharged for one item, and was going to be charged full price for a clearance item because they forgot to black out the barcode. At another grocery store, I was supposed to get a half pound of cheese for free if I bought a pound of meat. I bought the full pound of meat but they did not take off the cheese. Another error happened to my husband: he bought a $2 measuring cup, but was charged $69. The clerk had put the next person’s purchase on his card. This was caught on camera. All these errors were corrected because we were paying attention. Lesson learned: Check your receipts immediately and check online bank statements daily. These errors can add up quickly. — Margaret
SECRET CODE. Do not carry your Social Security card with you. Memorize the number. If you aren’t confident in that, write it down in code form, such as a long string of numbers where the individual numbers of your SS number are hidden in the 1st, 3rd or 5th places in the chain. Do this on a 3 x 5 note card with no title. Anyone who finds it won’t have a clue. — John
CLEANING K-CUPS. Tired of trying to get K-cups clean? Use a baby bottle brush. Stick the end of the brush into the cup, give a couple of twists, rinse the water and voila! It’s that easy. — Laura
DVR WITH NO MONTHLY FEE. A reader asked about recording digital channels. You certainly don’t need to pay a monthly fee to do that. I bought an iView DVR for about 40 bucks. You need to connect an external hard drive to it using a USB cable because it doesn’t have its own storage capability. I bought an external hard drive case for about 30 bucks and used a 40-gigabyte hard drive that I had removed from an old PC.