Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Fifty Dollar Surprise


As I dragged my bags into our mudroom my husband, a few steps ahead of me, was opening the mail. “Hey, why are you getting fifty dollars from your teacher union?" he inquired.

“I have no idea.”

“Well check it out,” replied my husband.

I looked over the check and slowly it registered. Several months ago I signed up for a program offered through my health insurance company (which is purchased through the teacher union). I had to answer questions about my lifestyle including my eating and exercising habits, take a couple quizzes, and keep a log of my daily exercise online. I was enthusiastic at first but eventually I stopped logging into the program.

Evidently, I completed enough steps to qualify for a bit of money back for my healthy lifestyle. I have to say, it felt good to get such a surprise on a stormy last day of February. My husband put the check on the refrigerator and said, “Go do something nice for yourself.”

Hmmm…what to do…not sure just yet so it sits on the refrigerator waiting for me to think of something. I am inclined to log in once more and stick with it this time. Getting money back from my insurance company is motivating.


  1. Unexpected cash is always fun plus you have the benefit of a healthier lifestyle. Now comes the hard part, how to spend it with joy. Whenever I find extra money, I put it in a special wallet so it is available when I see something I want rather than need (such as another picture book).

  2. $50 is a great surprise for only answering a couple surveys. Heck yeah do some more. Yippee book money!

  3. I wish my school handed me money for all the surveys I've completed--congrats to you--but it wasn't really just completing the survey. It was working at those two bugaboos that are hard for overworked teachers: exercise and eating right. A good reminder to persevere!

    Elizabeth E.

  4. Sweet! I love surprise money.

  5. How fun! Surprise money! Getting the check is as fun as finding money in a coat when you put it one for the first time at the beginning of the season! Have fun deciding what to do with it!


  6. Can't wait to hear what you decide to do with it. What a sweet husband . . . maybe you should take him out for dinner! Big :)


  7. Wow! That's an awesome surprise. Much better than the one I got today when I discovered I forgot to transfer money from my savings account to my checking account before I did the bills last week. Maybe that should be my slice of life story!

  8. I think it is funny that you put it on the refrigerator instead of straight in your wallet. I would have probably done the same thing. I always regret leaving surprise money out in the open. It ends up getting spent randomly on things like pizza. I like elsie's idea of having a special wallet to keep surprise money.

  9. That is awesome! I, too, love unexpected gifts of cash, and the gift of love your husband gave you..."go do something for yourself!"

    Nice Slice.