Weekly roundup: Putting out good money karma

by Kristina Tahnyak on May 8, 2015 · 2 comments

Happy Friday Dinks.  I know I usually make polite conversation and share my favorite links from around the web with you on Fridays, but today we’re going to do something different.  I’m going to roundup the best and worst things that happened to me over the last week.

As a financial planner I’m around all things money-related in my professional life.  However after 5 pm money seems to follow me home.  This week I had some pretty interesting things happen when it comes to money.

Just think about that for a second.  What happened in your money life last week?  I’m sure if you think back you’ll have some stories to tell.  This is what happened to me:


I helped a woman at the grocery store figure out why her card was being declined.  It turns out the transaction wasn’t going through because the woman was travelling from overseas and forgot to advise her credit card company.

This is a lesson learned for all travellers around the world, always advise your credit card company or bank of travel plans before you leave the country.  It will help avoid a lot of stress while trying to enjoy your vacation.


It was finally nice outside so I decided to walk around on my lunch hour.  I ended up at H&M looking for a new bag, but I walked out with a $14 dress.  It’s yellow and it’s super cute.  I have two other dresses in the same style and therefore I didn’t even need to try it on.

That’s my kind of shopping – cheap and fast.  Perfect lunch hour.  If you need summer dresses I suggest you head over to your local H&M because the new collection is out and it’s colorful and cute.


I was accused of stealing someone’s wallet.  During a train ride for a business trip the man sitting across from me lost his wallet.  I offered to help him look for it and even tried to calm him down as he was stuck on a train and in a total panic about losing his wallet.

I thought I was being nice but he had the nerve to accuse me of stealing his wallet.  He implied I was only trying to help out because I was trying to deflect any suspicions.  Can you believe the nerve of some people?


I spent quite a bit of money yesterday on food and snacks.  I finally joined the Starbucks loyalty program in an effort to get perks for my random Starbucks visits.  Well the plan completely backfired and it has actually kicked my casual iced coffee habit into a full blown addiction.

I don’t think I’ll be adding more money onto the card.  I do have to admit the function of paying with an app instead of money, a debit or credit card or a gift card is very cool.  I’m just going to limit my visits because I don’t want the loyalty program to be a reason for my visits, I want my rewards to be a perk for my occasional spending.

How was your week with money?


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1 Heather May 9, 2015 at 5:23 pm

I really like the Starbucks app because they often have deals where you can earn extra stars and get free drinks more quickly. But it takes discipline. When I’m getting close to 12 drinks I find myself going more often. I’ve created a rule: no Starbucks unless I have a gift card. I’m not talking about buying my own gift cards, but earning them with things like Bing Rewards, Shopkick, or credit card rewards points. It helps me keep the habit in check. Also, I only go to Starbucks now if I want to sit and work on Simply Save, not just a quick stop on the way to work. It’s more of an experience that way. Have a great weekend!

2 BeSmartRich May 10, 2015 at 5:44 pm

I would really hate the person who accused of you as a theft of his wallet. What kind of world are we living in?

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