OK, I promised not to be so miserable but …
Towards the end of 2005, with Christmas approaching and the fact we’re trying to save up the money to get back to the UK in the summer, things got a little tight financially. We’re over the hump now and we’ve spent the last couple of weeks balancing the books and working out the budget for 2006.
The one thing that this has highlighted is how slowly financial transactions are being handled.
Sam bought some books for the girls during the summer and the debit card transaction only appeared on our statement on Dec 31st. On some days, a purchase at Safeway will appear immediately. On others, it takes about 4 days. Refunds back to the card take a lot longer than the store taking the money from us in the first place.