I’m back from vacation and there is a building list of to-dos in my life.
Do you ever feel that way?
I am hoping that if I write them all down, you folks will provide me with the motivation and accountability to get them all (even some?) done.
A decent number of them fall into the category of Financial To-Dos, and some are things that I have been putting off.
Given that this site is about money, let’s start off with my financial to-dos.
My Financial To-Dos for July/August 2015
Activate the new USD cards – Got the new US dollar visas. The one in my wallet has expired. Obviously that doesn’t help me much. Then I have to shred the old ones.
Put the medical claim form in the mail – As I’ve mentioned before, we have private medical insurance which is normal in Canada. I printed off the forms and addressed the envelope for some things that I can’t submit online, before we left, but need to put it in the mail.
Forward the non-profit’s mail – The current mailing address for a non-profit board I sit on is my house. I need to put the last few statements in my work bag to give them to the treasurer.
Dump our Visa transactions into my file – Every two or three months I dump our visa transactions into a spreadsheet and take a look at our spending my category. I’ve been trying to drop our food bills lately, because we are so good at spending an exorbitant amount, and I want to see if I am making much progress.
Research and buy some stocks – I have cash waiting to be invested and need to get on that. Like, really need to get on that.
Update my resume – Someone asked for a resume while I was at a party lately. It would be dumb to not get my name out there!
Shred some old documents – Before we left on vacation, I started working on my rather neglected filing cabinet. I made half a recycling bag worth of paper shredding and only dented a small portion. This is a project I would really like to see be done, but have no interest in actually doing the tasks. There is a big pile of unfiled papers on top and it is running out of room on the inside. I only have to keep receipts for medical insurance for a year…. and have only ever gotten rid of those pesky papers once before!
Make frozen burritos – Wait, what?! I thought we were still in the financial to-dos section Anne, what are you doing talking about burritos? Well, I have this plan for a post about burritos. You see, I am sure I have mentioned it before, but we are allergic to all sorts of things. That means that we can’t eat 99% of fast food or take out. Even grocery store sushi is usually full of our allergens.
So we end up getting Subway. The combo we have to get there is mediocre, usually their salads. So, I want to see how much money we can save by having grab and go food at the ready.
Buy a new microwave – Once upon a time, not too long ago, I was making steamed green beans in the microwave for lunch, at the fun hour of 9:30 pm. The Tupperware steamer was making its leisurely rounds in the microwave, ensuring I would have some al-dente green beans as a healthy feast in the coming days.
9:30, for those not in the know, is about when I try to be in bed, messing around on twitter with y’all. So far I have only covered a weekend “Day in the Life,” but an early bedtime is a key ingredient for a happy and healthy Anne. And bed time had just stopped in its tracks! The microwave light was on, but the rotating journey to edible green beans had stopped.
Getting them to boil on the stove would take at least 15 minutes, probably longer. I wanted to be in bed already!
So… I called a friend who lived in my building and asked him if I could borrow his microwave. Thank goodness he was also still awake, and talk about a weird neighbourly thing to ask. Upstairs I went, half-baked-beans in hand, and bedtime in the rear view mirror. Thankfully I was able to finish assembling lunches and head to sleep by 10. (For the record, my spouse was out of town, so this was an all-Anne, all the time kind of problem. There was no sending my spouse off while I utilized the remaining four minutes of microwave time to do other things.)
What’s the big deal? Microwaves are about $100, no?
Nope. I’ve got a built in one above my stove, that includes the exhaust fan. I’m looking at $400-1200. Stayed tuned while I figure out how to buy such a thing and what I should be looking for in a microwave? (lights? spinning? plugs in? Is it more complicated than that? I shall investigate!)
Well, there are a boat load of these, so I will cut to the chase with the next few.
Take some clothes to the drycleaner.
Attempt to unclog the bathroom sink. (It still drains, just barely.)
Send some cards.
Clean the kitchen floor. Ick.
Do some laundry.
Pick up my bike from the repair shop.
Get some exercise.
Write some blog posts – high priority!!
Do you have any tricks for getting things on your to do list done? Does internet accountability work for you?