Yesterday when I got gas, I was using my debit card at the pump. I was having trouble completing the transaction, so after 4 attempts I pressed the "Help" button on the pump and an employee came out to help me. Meanwhile, I had swiped my debit card 4 times & entered my PIN number. Then on the 5th attempt (with his help), I got my $20 worth of gas. And away I went.
Well,this morning I looked at my bank account on line and about choked when I saw 4 pending withdrawals for $75 from this gas station plus the 1 for $20. The lady at the bank explained that with gas prices as they are, if you use a debit card...they are automatically freezing anywhere from $50-$100 to make sure there's money in your account to cover your gas purchase. She suggested that if you are given a choice of "debit"or "credit" at the pump....push the "credit" button so that the amount you pump comes out instantly & they won't freeze an amount in your checking account.
She also told me that the way the four $75 amounts are coded, they will fall off tomorrow. So that was a relief for me.
So again...if you use a debit card, make sure it runs thru as a "credit." You learn something new everyday.
And in today's paper it talks about our gas tax going up 1.5 cents a gallon. It's the final installment of a 9.5 cents a gallon increase approved by the Legislature in 2005 to pay for "hundreds of transportation projects." (I'm still wondering where those projects are) Our total state gas tax is 37.5 cents a gallon.
So far this morning at 10:30am it's overcast and cool....ahhhh refreshing cool air. The thermometer that read over 95* on Monday is at a cool 58* this morning. I know some of you are really suffering in the heat...I hope you're able to stay cool and hydrated. Until next time........Linda