January is always a month that requires attention. My car inspection is due. My prescription drug reimbursement program must be renewed, requiring proof of income, rent and medical prescription costs. It’s worth the time it takes to cough up all this paperwork because the program, run by my tiny town for resident veterans, puts over $1,000 a year back in my pocket. I’ve lived here 3 years now so I know the routine. The last paperwork I need must come from Boeing Aircraft showing what my two pension checks are each month for life. I try to light a fire under them as this paperwork is due in 10 days on the 14th.
My first Social Security check of 2019 arrives this coming Wednesday, Jan 09. In that check I’ll get my 2.8% COLA adjustment bringing me up to $1538 a month. Added to my $268 pension checks I’m now over $1800 a month. Woo Hoo! In full disclosure I do live in Senior Subsidized government housing that includes utilities all for $531 a month, a bargain for sure. I can actually survive living on Social Security and my small pension. I know a lot of folks living on a lot less! 😦
So the new year starts anew, fresh. The sun is shining and there’s no snow like we had this time last year. We had 5 Nor’Easter blizzards in a one month period last Winter. We’re due for a MILD Winter!