I’ve only gone to France

he prepaid does work, but you will get hit with the conversion fee and there might be some other fees depending upon the card. Only know that because of a conversation I heard at the bank one day…wedding here, but the couple was living in Europe and couldn’t take “gifts” back.
I withdrew from my acct when I got there–there was a fee, but wasn’t much and I took out enough to pay cash for the trip.
My husband’s grandmother once sent us travels checks as a Christmas gift..had a dickens of a time getting either of my two banks at the time to cash or deposit them in anyway to use them. No idea why, they were issued through her bank..but it was a mess, the banks just flat didn’t want to mess with them. Finally ended up sending them back to her & she went a different route sending us the money. and this was IN the United States…just thought I’d pass that along.

you don’t really have to have the workbook

but I do find that it helps you stay on track with the small group conversations and also just as a reminder of what you are learning. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone that is retaking it get the whole new kit though, even at the discounted price, there is just too much repeat stuff in the book and since you have all the old stuff you have what you need. In other words a new member could go online and order their own kit, but a returning member would need their coordinator to do it for them so they could get the discounted price. Because the coordinator would need to actually contact their advisor to place the order.

I haven’t had a lot to contribute to this thread

but Erin’s comments reminded me of a joke our priest told the other day in services. His homily for the day was about old fashioned values, and he started off with a story about himself to explain how old fashioned values can sometimes cause teasing even amongst priests. He was at some kind of priests’ convention and it was noon-hour, so the speaker suggested they stop for a moment and say their mid-day prayers from the Divine Office, which is the Catholic cycle of daily prayer. He was ready with his breviary, which is a big thick tome that is heavy and bulky to carry around. He had the pages marked and started reading, only to realize that all the other priests around him had their breviaries on iPads, tablets and even smartphones. He said he felt so out of place, being behind the times, and a few of the other priests gave him some good-natured ribbing about needing to catch up to the modern era.

We have a moment before all our services where the service announcer asks folks to silence their cellphones. But folks still do read during service; no way to know if they’re reading Scripture or the funny pages for that matter. As long as I don’t have to listen to their phone ring, I figure that any multi-tasking, or complementary reading along, is an issue between them and God. Not mine to guess at.

In one of our larger churches

the pastor encourages folks to text him questions during the sermon….with so much negative in the world of technology its good to see it being used in a positive way…. sharon, my husband uses his laptop and pulls up three different versions when teaching so he can pick which one is more clear in getting the point across….

My son doodles

all the time and I too question him when we are doing school to see if he is hearing me, and most everytime he can tell me what I have been saying. I can’t say it still doesn’t drive me crazy, lol, but atleast he is getting it.

As far as technology, I guess it really does depend on where you live, we are a very rural, small town community and most of the time what everyone else is doing in the world now, we will be doing 2 years from now. So we might be where you are in a couple years!

That might be the case for some people

but I wouldn’t assume that for everyone.
With the advent of technology, there are so many in our congregation who read the bible on their electronic devices. We have congregational scriptural reading and from the choir loft most of our congregation has their phone, ipad or other electronic device out for the readings. We’ve stopped printing litanies in bulletins (less paper) because people can easily refer to them on their own. Where people used to carry their bible in book form, very few do so now. They take notes on their devices etc.

I’m sure they check their e-mail too… that multi-tasking thing but I think church can change with the times as well. When I was a kid I used to doodle on the bulletin EVERY Sunday. My mom used to think that was horrible so she started quizzing me on what I heard. I could recite practically word for word what I heard. I used to doodle in school all the time too, but I graduated at 15, and from college at 19 so I wasn’t missing much.
Historically – maybe in the black community – retaining the interests of children/teens in church has been difficult. We’ve expanded into the web, and into Facebook and Twitter. We even have a minister who sends out an inspirational text message 3 times a week – including Sunday morning. I guess you can say we’ve embraced technology and don’t find it offensive or rude when people use their phones during services.

So are you saying you can’t do multiple things at one time?

Your ears close up when you look at something else?

But to answer your question specific to me… he’s my “dad”, most of the time I’ve typed up his sermon during the week so I already know what he’s going to say, I’ve read the scripture before hand, double checking that I have spelled everything correctly, quoted it as written, prepared the slides for the viewing of the congregation etc. I sing in the choir etc. So maybe you misinterpret what I’m capable of doing 🙂
Then you have to understand that I’m also in church services several times a week… its my business to be in church services, so I’m not being disrespectful, in my mind or purpose.

I am not trying to be ugly

but if you are doing other things besides listening to your pastor’s sermon, I find that not giving God your full attention during church. I mean isn’t the point of going to church to hear God’s word and be filled with the spirit? It is also rude to the pastor when someone is checking their messages during church instead of paying attention. Most of the time a pastor will spend many hours getting their sermon ready for Sunday and he deserves the respect of his congregation to pay attention. I just feel like we can give other things hours of our time, why can’t we give God a couple of hours a week, and of course I would hope that we are giving Him more than that. But I do know for many people the only time they think of God is during their Sunday morning church service. Sad.

I learned to do lots of things during long church services.

still do lots of things during long church services. The advent of the smart phone for starters LOL. I’ve always been a multi-tasker and I can listen to the service and catch up on e-mail 🙂
Church generally goes from 11am to 2pm depending on the Sunday. During football season, when the Falcons are in town, I miss church. Or I could opt to go to the early morning service at 7:30 and be back home by 9am but I miss it all. Sunday I do try to sleep longer so I don’t routinely go to early morning service although I”m guaranteed to be out at a certain time.

I go to the later and longer service because my friends go to that longer service and we find plenty besides the minister, occupy our interests.
I seem to stay in church though… if it isn’t Sunday service, I have a funeral. I didn’t make service today, but I have a funeral tomorrow…

I will admit…

after many years of being card free…. I finally got one in February. I use it regularly for things like utilities, gas, cell phone, etc. to earn cash back. I pay it all the time…..often multiple times a week…. once a week minimum…..just to make sure I never pay interest or have a late fee.

So I was traveling last week and forgot my cc payment was on Saturday

I thought it was on Monday, So I paid it on Sunday when I got home and started to wait to see what the damage would be. Well, $25 for the late fee and $99 in interest (our prev payday loan). So I called GshLoans, Inc. to see how they came up with $99 on being only one day late and the person on the phone was very nice and waived both fees. So the moral is if you still use a cc and screw up once in a blue moon, call and ask to see if the late fee and interest can be waived. Normally I pay online a good week in advance and pay it a day before the payment is due, but forgot to check. So I am going to stop playing the cc game and get rid of a few cards I try to use to manipulate into free WiFi and free hotel nights.

Bye Bye Hyatt Hotel Card.
We don’t use you enough to justify.

Filled gas envelopes with $400 for the month and grocery envelope with $600 for the month

Left DH with $800 to cover his travel expenses for his new job. Spent $200 on groceries when DH called and said he was going to have to pay for the entire car rental which was going to come to $720 and he had already spent $100 “celebrating” and needed another $100 for work clothes. So I ended up returning $400 of my grocery money to the checking account so he could cover the car rental and eat. Told him that was it. Yes we are on different pages of the DR book (wry grin.) I am 30 min early to Day 1 of the new child care job. Not a bad drive in- as commutes go pretty easy, but twice a week will be more than enough. Hoping I leave with a check or cash today since I will only be here once this week.

I definitely wouldn’t put all $6K into an FSA!

Since you don’t think you can do an HSA, I would put it in an ING Capital One checking account and get the separate debit card/checks. That way it would be a special account just for medical expenses. That way at the end of the year, it would be really easy to see how much you spent on medical/vision/dental and you can make notes on the actual charges in the Capital One account so you could see which family member had what expenses.

I’m currently putting $400 a month in my HSA and am spending it as fast as I put it in! I’ve got Ortho at $90/month and a hospital visit for $100/month. That leaves $200 for other medical and I’ve got at least $2,000 balance on the rest of the outstanding bills! Not to mention upcoming dental and vision expenses! I’m drowning in medical right now. Can’t wait to payoff a few, so I can hopefully get ahead of it!

Good luck!

We can’t get into a health share

at least not the ones I’ve looked at, they won’t accept us. We can likely offset some of that 6k in an FSA. My worry with FSAs is that if you don’t use it you lose it. Last year our highest outlay (with DD18 hospitalized twice) and my copay for an ER visit “only” came to about $3000 and that’s if I lump in medications, glasses etc. But that was an unusual year.

I recognize with a 20% patient copay it could be much higher this year…but knock on wood I’m hoping it wouldn’t amount to $6k worth!! (To fund an FSA).

I’m thinking maybe put about $150 a month (1,800 a year) into the FSA. I know we could easily spend $100 a month on meds for DH and DD. Then put $4200 in a “FFEF.”

If I did as Shay suggested and funded it at $500 a month it would take me 8 months to get there but it wouldn’t retard our debt snowball too much. In fact I could take it out of my babysitting money. Or I could fund it all in two months and be done with it.

Sigh. I just don’t know. It’s just a huge amount to possibly be liable for without something In place and it worries me.

I think the deductible sounds low, maybe it’s per person?

I would definitely check on that. Also that premium sounds super cheap for a family. Possibly the employer is paying a portion?

We get our health insurance on our own. Our deductible is $5000/person/year. Then the 70/30 kicks in till we pay out, I think, $2000. Only after that do we get to 100% coverage. Our deductible is high enough that we qualify also for an HSA. We max it out per year. We use the HSA only for high cost things such as in hospital stays, very expensive out patient tests, etc.

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