Up until last night, I’ve not had the pleasure (throw in sarcasm) of meeting “Insufficient funds”.
It was pay day for me on Tuesday and as I’ve always done in the past, I logged into our online bank account and started paying bills that were due. My flaw in budgeting is not knowing the details of when automatic payments come out of the account. Maybe I think that the house insurance comes out on the 5th of each month, but it’s actually being withdrawn on the 2nd of each month. I never really paid attention to the actual dates, I just know that it’s withdrawn the first week of each month.
I knew that DH got paid on Thursday, so I believed that there’s be enough money in the account to pay for the groceries we picked up last night. Luckily I had gone through the Self-Checkout line at the supermarket, it would have been quite embarrassing to have my debit payment declined and have the cashier tell me that the reason was insufficient funds. Although DH was with me at the supermarket, he didn’t notice that I had to retry the payment, this time using money from our savings account.
I was very surprised with the insufficient funds message. It caught me completely off guard. Immediately my thoughts went to what other payments I may have forgotten and whether or not I caused any automatic withdrawals/payments to be returned, resulting in a $35 NSF fee. As soon as we got home, I logged into our online bank account and saw that there was still $20 sitting in our chequing account. The grocery total was $24 which obviously is more than what we had. I looked at the detailed transactions and saw that there were no returned automatic withdrawals/payments. PHEW! That was a huge sigh of relief. I would not have been very happy if I logged in to see a $35 NSF fee.
This is an eye-opener for me and has validated my feelings that more attention is needed on our budget. Although our credit card use is very rare, I’m not proactively tracking our cash spending. it would be very beneficial to be able to post a weekly spending recap.
“insufficient funds”, it was nice meeting you and there are lessons for me to take away from our encounter, and I hope I don’t hurt your feelings too much, but I am determined to never cross paths again. It will be the best thing for everyone.