1. I signed up for some free stuff on the web, and in spite of my careful reading I somehow missed that the free magazine subscriptions would automatically turn into paid subscriptions after the free year was up. I saw a debit from my bank account for three subscriptions recently. So now, unless I want to be subscribing forever, I must cancel each subscription separately by writing to each of the magazines.
2. I signed up to pay for phone bills on the web, directly through Pac Bell. It's free. I only signed up one of my phone lines and I don't remember which it was. About a week ago, I paid that bill online. Today I got bills for both lines in the mail, including the one I already paid. No recognition of this payment. Seems strange. Now I have to dig through the records, contact the phone company, make sure they have correctly credited my account.
This is what life is like today. Someone living in this society has to deal with mistakes and problems actively and reasonably quickly or she will lose out. I am often feeling like I am a stone's throw away from a rapid descent into financial ruin, and I have often paid way more than I should have for various services or products just because I did not act quickly enough. It takes a lot of savvy and will just to stay even.