I don't worry anymore... but I worry.

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Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

It's been years since I paid careful attention to my checking account balance.  I know that I keep enough money in there to cover my monthly bills, and I add to it regularly enough that I don't worry about writing a check large enough to throw me into negative numbers.

I consider myself fortunate that I live beneath my means, and I recognize that not everyone can do that.  I understand the need to watch your account carefully... to have to decide which bill to pay, and which bill will just have to wait 'till a better pay period.  I used to be one of those that had to relegate bills to the next month... and because of that, my credit score used to scrape the bottom of the barrel.  But I haven't had those worries for quite some time.

And yet, the "worry" stays with me.  It's now in my DNA.  I check my financial accounts online daily.  I know what should be in there, and always find myself relieved that it's there.  I worry about identity theft, or an accidental overdraft and the bounced checks that would follow.  I occasionally wake up in the middle of the night worrying about such things, and have to run to my computer just to check.

It may be hard to understand.. (I know it's hard for ME to understand).  While logic tells me to relax, my brain goes into overdrive worrying.

I think even if I won multi-millions of dollars in the lottery I would still worry.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois

   

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Kathy Streib
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Alan- when you've had to work for it, and maybe if you didn't have to, it's natural to worry. It's a good feeling to have when you know that while you may not be out plunking down 7 figures on a whim, you don't have to worry about the little splurge. 

Feb 21, 2020 03:44 PM #1
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Mimi Foster
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And I hadn't checked my account in a while (several weeks) and got on there yesterday and there were quite a few unexplained charges. So there's something to be said for checking daily. 

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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It is a wonderful think to know you can relax and enjoy those moments when you just know everything is good. Checking daily is not worry as much as making sure things are as they are supposed to be. I like having a $100 bill tucked away, knowing I can then afford something if I see it, but also knowing I like it being there, so feel comfortable without spending it, but rather spending it mentally many times knowing I can afford that if I really wanted it.

Feb 22, 2020 03:20 AM #3
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Alan. I don't have to worry about finances anymore, but some habits are hard to break! Enjoy your day!

Feb 22, 2020 04:41 AM #4
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Brian England
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It is funny that no matter how much we try not to worry it stays with us and we end up worrying even when there is no need to be worried, haha.

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Peter den Boer
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Don't worry...As long as there are checks in the checkbook we have money, right?

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