You hear it all the time: little things add up, don’t buy those daily lattes, save a little bit now to earn a lot later, etc. But I had to laugh a little at the concrete proof that showed up in my bank account the other day.
As I mentioned previously, I recently opened an Ameritrade account. What I didn’t describe was a part of the funding process. In order to set up the automatic withdrawals of $50 per month from my checking account, they had to make two small deposits to my account. This is pretty common, so I didn’t think anything of it. The deposits were for 11 cents and 18 cents. What cracked me up was that I noticed in the fine print that they would be taking the trial deposits back later. (Most companies don’t bother.) Sure enough, this showed up in my account a few days later:
TD AMERITRADE ACH RECAPT $0.29
I’ve often wondered why more companies don’t do that, and until now I assumed that maybe they couldn’t. Maybe other companies just don’t want to be thought cheap. But the little things really do add up…