This has been a really interesting week in terms or our health. First, I've had sugar and seasonal allergies for as long as I can remember. No longer. We've learned this new technique that involves muscle testing that allows you to essentially 'speak' with your body and discover the root causes of things that affect our health. Needless to say it's been uhmazing. And eye opening. So now I'm pretty much over sugar and seasonal allergies, and can even have milk! This was confirmed by our doctor too (our primary care doctor is also a chiropractor who does acupuncture and nutritional counselling--how cool is that?!) who tested me for sugar allergies last week and found I was clear of them. I still don't drink milk, but that does mean that I can have chocolate, which is a very welcome development.
On the money front, I was recommended a site by my financial planner friend, and it helps organize your finances. It's called Mint, and it's also uhmazing. It's free, and it's actually still in the beta version so I can't wait to see what they roll out in the months to come. But what it does is pull all of your accounts into one place, so your checking, saving, and credit card accounts are all visible on one page, and it refreshes every night. Then, it shows you where all your money is going through easy to understand graphs. And here's the beauty part (and how they can afford for it to be free)-based on your spending it recommends deals; cheaper credit cards with more rewards, accounts that earn more interest, money saving tips. I love it so far. I was worried about giving up my bank information, but my financial planner friend uses it already, recognizes the primary investors and supporters, and has gone through the safety information and found that it's pretty much what online banks use. So what it's done for us is consolidate all our online banking information into one place. Right now we have an online checking and savings account with ING Direct, Chase, and credit cards, and it's hard to keep track and visit all these sites. Now we don't have to.
We've opened our Electric Orange Checking account with ING Direct, which we love. ING is committed to no fees and I can't tell you how nice that is. Ever been stuck with an Overdraft protection charge and found that the $2 you spent on a coke now costs $25 in fees? Not with ING. They essentially act like a credit card if you go over your limit. And the account itself is currently giving us 3.5% on our CHECKING. That's better than most savings accounts. And after opening our checking we opened a Savings account for Amia. We figured that if we put even $1 in it every month, with the 4.5% interest it's getting, by the time she's 15 she'll have a nice amount of money that we can help her invest in an IRA with.
K, Suzanne and I are going to watch some Grey's Anatomy now. We jumped on that train a little late, but we're loving it!