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procrastination clean up and other tidbits

September 16th, 2013 at 07:35 am

Yikes - I opened about three months worth of mail last week and I have a lot of catching up to do. Thankfully, most of my bills are on autopay, so nothing is overdue. Apparently, I never renewed my car registration when it expired in April. Woops - I thought I did that months ago! I will renew that online today.

I found a notice that my town reappraised all properties this year and mine went up quite a bit. Ugh - I've missed the appeal date, so I will have to pay the assigned yearly property taxes that are due on October 1. I'll check to see if I can still appeal the appraisal for future years. My house has many problems and I know of others in town who were able to get their property value decreased.

Money spent this weekend: On Saturday, I dropped off my trash ($2.50) and recycling (free), and I paid my neighbor $180 for the last nine weeks of lawn mowing. There should be 4 or 5 more weeks, at $20/week, of mowing before it gets too cold, so I'll owe him another $100 next month and then will be done until next April. But I will have to figure driveway plowing charges into the budget if we have a snowy winter.

Yesterday I went to an event with a friend and spent $6.75 on a sandwich because I didn't have time to eat before we left. My friend drove, so no gas costs for me. I am running out of food, but I found some potstickers and peas in the freezer, so heated those up for a simple dinner. I've been eating a lot of apples from my backyard tree for free and tasty snacks.

Oh, I also bought tickets ($30 Canadian each, not sure yet what that will be in US$) to see one of my favorite bands in Montreal next Saturday! I'll be going with a friend and we'll need to stay overnight because the show doesn't start until 9:30p. He's financially strapped, so I'll probably pay for the hotel room. I'm fine with that, because I was happy to find someone who was willing to go with me! I'm searching for a cheap one, but it looks like a lot of frugal people visit Montreal, because the cheapest places with passable reviews on various travel sites are all booked for Saturday night.

Today's meals will be scavenged from what's currently left in my fridge/freezer. Breakfast is rolled oats, steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, kidney beans, olive oil and salt. Lunch will be a "healthy" ramen noodle soup package with added frozen peas. Dinner will probably be quinoa, steamed veggies, olive oil, salt & pepper.

6 Responses to “procrastination clean up and other tidbits”

  1. starfishy Says:

    is it just on my computer or are the apostrophes in the above post represented with funky characters? what is that??

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I've noticed that on other posts, too. Are you cutting and pasting from Word?

  3. starfishy Says:

    CB - yes, i am cutting and pasting from word - do you think that's the issue? maybe i should go though and delete and re-add the apostrophes in each post before i submit them. UPDATE - i just tried that and it worked! Problem solved - many thanks CB! the problem was that i was cutting and pasting from word and the characters apparently don't match. next time i'm going to try using notepad in between word and pasting into the blog to see if that clears out the funky characters. yay! Smile

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Have you looked into AirBnB type places to stay?

  5. starfishy Says:

    FT75 - funny - i was talking to a friend just after i posted this and she reminded me of airbnb, so i'm looking at those choices, too. thanks for the suggestion!! i have yet to actually book something on airbnb, but i love looking at the available places in different locations. have you had any airbnb experiences? i'd love to hear about them!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    No, I've never used it, I just keep hearing about in different places as a great way to go.

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