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569th Friday Blog Roundup

So I went to the dentist this week, and they offered me an itemized list of services to submit to insurance, even though our insurance will not cover services at this dentist. It’s a good thing I accept the paper.  When I got home, I was looking at the itemized list, I realized they were charging me for services that I never got. That I wasn’t even offered.

I called the office and they took it off my bill.  Well, I’m being optimistic… They said they took it off my bill, but I’m still waiting to see the reimbursement receipt.  Still, it’s a little PSA to ask for that itemized receipt when you go to the doctor or dentist and check it BEFORE you pay.  Even if you’re not going to submit anything to insurance.

I will never pay without seeing what I’m being charged for again.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

A Woman My Age vents all her anger as she watches her mother’s decline.  It is the most raw, moving post that I read all week, made all the more poignant by the post she wrote after her mother’s death.  Sometimes you need to feel that anger.  Sometimes love, indeed, liberates.

River Run Dry has a post about grief.  She writes: “Until I read that blog post, I never realized that my New Years resolutions are my way to try to FIX my grief.”  It’s a really interesting take on the choices we make because we think we should make them, and the choices we make because they are what we actually want.  Moreover, it’s about accepting sadness and carrying it instead of trying to change it.

Lastly, Waiting to Expand has a post about surprises.  You’ll need to read the whole, brief post to get these last lines, but they’re an important reminder: “Life is full of surprises, friends.  Sometimes they freaking suck.  And sometimes, they are breathtakingly beautiful.”

The roundup to the Roundup: Check your medical bills before you pay them.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between October 30th and November 6th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Mali { 11.06.15 at 1:20 pm }

I would be pretty angry at the dentist for charging you for services you never needed or received. Wonder how long they’ve been doing that? I usually check my bills. My husband though always checks. All of them. Always. I leave it to him.

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 11.06.15 at 2:37 pm }

Good reminder. I’m expecting a bunch of bills soon and I’ll take the time to comb through them. Could be the best per-hour wage I earn all year!

3 Geochick { 11.09.15 at 11:33 am }

Wow, that’s crappy of your dentist. Great reminder to always double check!

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