Welcome to Bossy’s Poverty Party, an online support group for reining in spending, getting your finances in order, and climbing out of debt. Everyone basically knows what steps to take, but it is nearly impossible to climb that mountain alone.
every day nearly every day over the next year, Bossy will use this space to report her spending and missteps, along with cheap recipes, savings tips, and suggested tricks and goals.
Call it whatever it is in your region — E-ZPass, I-Pass, Fastrak, Télépéage — electronic toll collection saves time and hassle. When Bossy’s son was a baby, he would sleep soundly in the car for long stretches — that is until Bossy slowed the car to throw money at the toll collector, in which case his eyes would fly open and there he’d be, wide awake for the rest of the journey, much to tired Bossy’s chagrin. Which is to say: Electronic toll collection makes Bossy want to have another baby so she can have a go at sanity this time around.
Like other electronic devices when tangled up in finances, it’s easy to forget one is actually forking over money when it is automatically deducted from some account and, yeah, Bossy isn’t even sure how it works. But in whatever case, Bossy has a tendency to feel as though she is traveling for free.
In fact, last month when Bossy and her friend Martha were busy running back and forth to the beach for day trips, Martha offered Bossy toll money. Bossy was all, “Nah, it’s nothing.”
“Nothing?” Martha squealed. “Wait until your Poverty Party hears about this.”
Consider yourselves told, Poverty Party guests.
corrie saysSeptember 23, 2009 at 9:12 am
It adds up!!!
But, nothing better than treating a friend!
vuboq saysSeptember 23, 2009 at 9:22 am
I guess what one pays in tolls, one saves in avoiding the Beach Tag Lady?
BH saysSeptember 23, 2009 at 9:27 am
Bossy just done went crazy!
RuthWells saysSeptember 23, 2009 at 10:25 am
We’ve been told and you’ve been schooled! Well done, Bossy’s Friend Martha.
Reeb saysSeptember 23, 2009 at 10:29 am
We have a tag on the windshield for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. I forget that I’m racking up the fees too, like on my two trips across yesterday.
MELISSA saysSeptember 23, 2009 at 11:27 am
In Illinois, the Ipass actually saves money. Tolls are DOUBLE the cost for cash users!
Kathy saysSeptember 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm
Just don’t ever use the EZ Pass in a rental car. The rental car companies charge you triple the amount of the toll. We found this out the hard way after a week of driving around the Northeast looking at collleges!
Momish saysSeptember 23, 2009 at 9:57 pm
Wait until your credit card expires, then they want to tack on all these penalties and fees. As if I should be penalized for being unorganized. The nerve!
Jill saysSeptember 27, 2009 at 7:37 am
This is the most honest poverty party I’ve ever been to.
Happily Employed Susan saysOctober 3, 2009 at 11:35 am
When someone offers toll money it’s polite to take it and say thank you.