I’m not really sure when it started, maybe a couple of months ago, but I have felt like everything is just costing more these days.
I’m not necessarily talking about the prices of gasoline or food but “hidden fees” that seem to be showing up everytime and everywhere I turn.
I think my radar went up when I purchased tickets from Ticketmaster to take the hooligan’s to the circus.
Let’s face it, going to the circus has become a financial investment in itself. However, after being charged for the seats and the umpteen other fees that Ticketmaster imposes (and I happily paid), I lost it.
During the transaction, Ticketmaster indicated there was no guarantee I would get the tickets before the show. Huh?
There would be another $2.50 charge to receive the ticket confirmation by email. What? Come on, a computer generated email cost $2.50?
It annoyed me to no end. I felt like Ticketmaster got the last laugh. And they did. After spending $250.00 on circus tickets I was not going to risk not getting them, as they warned. I begrudgingly paid the fee, but I was peeved. What a scam.
Now time has gone by since that incident but it still seems every day has it’s new set of hidden charges woven into every purchase.
Whether it’s paying California Redemption (5 cents on every plastic, glass bottle or soda can purchased) or paying more for gasoline because I used my credit card instead of cash. It all keeps adding up, to infinity it seems.
Just in the past few weeks it seems more unexpected charges for things have fallen out of nowhere.
It started with the well-digging we just had done in Oregon. We had an estimate for digging the well, which is…ahem…very costly. In my mind, I thought that was it. The estimate was the cost. Silly, naive me.
When we settled on the dig site we were hit with land prep charges to make the area suitable to set the drill rig down.
A few thousand bucks more. Okay, we have no choice, we moved forward.
We find water. Everything’s good!
Now I hear this giant drill rig that dug the well is stuck in the mud on the property and cannot get out. Oh joy.
It’s going to take a crane and a backhoe and who knows what else to get that hunk of equipment turned around and back down the hill.
And yes, the cost is all mine. No worries…just a few thousand bucks more. Eeks!
I’m feeling the squeeze.
Then two days ago UPS delivered a bottle of wine I ordered from a winery located about 70 miles from here.
I looked at the invoice to see I was charged $18 in shipping fees for one bottle of wine.
And yesterday, as I was paying the bills and got to the medical insurance, I noticed the premium had not only risen by about $100 but there was a message imprinted on the invoice.
The lovely note basically states I am now being charged $2 more because I am not having the payment automatically withdrawn from my checking account. What! I didn’t even know it was an option.
Now this might sound petty of me, but for what I pay in premiums and what my giant-deductible is I think you would agree with me. This $2 is just another mindless fee imposed by someone, somewhere behind an administrative desk looking to increase profit in an industry that is already gouging its members.
That last charge made my head explode into epic proportions.
Maybe tomorrow someone will turn me over and shake me till all the nickels fall out of my pockets. However, I don’t think there’s any left.
And please remember, do I realize that I don’t have to go to the circus and I can have my medical insurance premiums deducted from my checking account and I don’t have to have wine shipped to my house. Yes, I do! But this is my rant and I’m sticking to it.
Are you feeling the squeeze lately? In what way?