I lost my wallet – which had my credit cards, social security card, checkbook, debit cards, and health insurance card inside – and I am, understandably, freaking out. I have called all of the credit card companies and canceled all of the cards. I have called my bank and put a “restrain” on my account – apparently, this means that nothing will post for the 24 hours or until I visit my local branch and decide what to do next. I went online and requested a new insurance card. I will head to the DMV in the morning to pickup a replacement for my driver’s license. (If you live in Georgia like I do, you can request a replacement copy online – but you have to KNOW your license number – but, alas, I do not know my license number, so I have to go into the local DMV and provide them with some identification so that they can issue me a replacement.) I searched the Social Security website, and once I get my new license, I should be able to get a new copy of my social security card. If they won’t accept the license, by itself, I called my dad and he has my birth certificate. I can use it, along with my license, and get a new card. I’m bummed out, and I hope that it just “shows up”. I’ve searched the house, high and low, but there’s no sign of it. I hope that no one is running around, opening up accounts in my name or using my bank information – but there’s not much I can do about that at this point. I’ve notified all of credit card companies and my bank, so I’ll just have to hope for the best. (By the way, don’t be an idiot like me – take your social security card out of your wallet! Yes, yes, yes – I KNOW that I should have done so a long, long time ago – but even your loyal personal finance blogger forgets things from time to time.)
Anyway, If you are looking for some interesting posts from folks who actually know how to manage their money, check out the following posts from last week:
Articles from the Money Blog Network:
AllFinancialMatters has been blogging for three years – and he’s giving away a book and a $100 gift card.
Blueprint has advice for where to get a flu shot – I’ve never gotten a flu shot because I’m afraid of needles.
Consumerism Commentary suggests that folks who use ING’s Electric Orange might want to check their overdraft protection – did it go down or go away?
Nickel breaks down information about the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act – good stuff for anyone who is dealing with collection agencies or creditors.
Free Money Finance comments on an odd suggestion from Kiplinger’s – Save Money By NOT Having A Hotel Reservation.
Mighty Bargain Hunter asks – separate or joint checking accounts? My wife and I have 2 accounts – both are joint.
Articles from my Blogroll:
Lazy Man shares some thoughts from his first day as an unemployed lazy man.
Ben writes about losing your job and finding happiness.
Jeremy talked about using the benchmarks and investment performance.
Sun has a roundup of current interest rate offerings.
Clever Dude, really over.
My Two Dollars has written an article about run-flat tires.