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September 12th, 2012 at 08:25 pm

I got my homeowner's insurance squared away today -- only $156 per year (gotta love a condo!) I just went ahead and paid for the year ahead after I got the quote. I was pleasantly surprised at the low cost.

Last night I bought a gift bag, tissue paper and birthday cards at Dollar General - $5.36. Now my grandson's gift is very smartly wrapped, and I found a dinosaur card that he will love. I will miss the Dollar General. I'll have to find a replacement in the new place. I'll also have to find a new Goodwill. I've been told that Evanston doesn't have one -- the nearest thrift store is a Salvation Army, which I've never found to be anywhere near as nice.

I had to fax some more documents today to the lender. Will it never end? Surely there can't be any aspect of my life that has escaped scrutiny!

I fell asleep last night at 7:30 and woke up this morning at 5. I was really tired after two nights of restless sleep. I will have to get up at five every morning once I move. It seems hard to contemplate now, but I know I will get used to it. Look at the morning news anchors, on the job before the crack of dawn! They must get up in the middle of the night. You do what you gotta do.

I found out from my employer that they will reimburse me $30 for each monthly train ticket I buy. That brings the cost down to $105. And the annual savings to $360! Sweet!

I'll be interested to see how much laundry costs me. Right now it's "free" with my own washer/dryer in my unit -- but the water bill is about $25 per month. I wonder if I can do coin laundry for about the same amount. It's $1.50 per load to wash and dry. If I'm not mistaken, I could do 16 loads a month for $25! I think I probably do about 12 now, but I've never kept track.

3 Responses to “Just some chatter”

  1. snafu Says:

    Your insurance covers the internal aspects of your unit; condo fees include the cost of the external building & parking structure. Make sure you have a rider for replacement value of furnishings, electronics, and anything expensive to replace.

    There is the 'hassle' factor of going to the Laundromat. It helps to keep a coin jar for correct change and re-package detergent into snack sz baggies for each load rather than carry a box of detergent. Have you explored the possibility of having a stacked washer/dryer installed in the bathrm?

  2. My English Castle Says:

    I know the feeling with that tiredness. Glad you got some sleep.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I won't be going to a laundromat; there are three coin-op washers and dryers in the basement. I'd love to have a stacked set installed in my unit, but that's a someday project (and I'm not sure where it would go -- certainly not the bathroom, as it's very small, but perhaps a closet). I'll test out the hassle factor of going to the basement first.

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