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Two More Bills

June 12th, 2013 at 03:53 pm

Well, I thought I had it figured out how I was going to pay my Discover bill in full, and then two more bills popped up. My semi-annual insurance, and AAA -- both due this month. I put a call into AAA and switched over the payment to my new Discover card, so no problem there. I left a voice message for my insurance agent -- I think I can switch that to a credit card payment, too, but I'll have to make sure it doesn't invoke any fees. As it stands, the automatic payment comes out of my checking account.

If worse comes to worse, I'll just stop by the credit union and make a withdrawal to cover the difference when it's time to pay the Discover bill. The CU is halfway between home and work -- but since I'm usually on the train, it will mean a special trip, if it comes to that.

Yesterday I bought some gift cards for the speakers for the workshop I'm organizing. Of course, that came out of the the board's account rather than my own. But since I bought more than $100 worth of cards, I got a $20 coupon for groceries. I don't have to spend any set amount, either -- just more than $20. I think I'll get some more gift cards tonight for my DILs and get another coupon.

The golf outing went fine, though working after work made for a long day. The free buffet supper was great -- lots of man-food -- they actually served chicken, ribs, pulled pork AND roast beef, as well as many sides. A very hearty meal. And they also gave me a drink coupon which I used on a Kahlua & cream -- a blast from the seventies!

Now I just have to get through tomorrow. I think I have everything done except actually writing the thank you notes, and printing the evaluation forms. I hope the day goes well. This is not a natural role for me and I'm way out of my comfort zone. But if it goes well it will all be worth it.

6 Responses to “Two More Bills”

  1. snafu Says:

    Kudos to you for once again organizing an excellent event. Sounds like a terrific function for attendees. After the fact, did you feel it was best to take your car to work and on to the golf event? I've always been curious; what happens to all the leftover food? Does the caterer sell it to the next client, is it auctioned to participants, staff take it home or has your organization only paid a per plate fee?

    Surely, there is a system to electronically transfer sums from CU to whatever bank you use. There may be a small charge but likely cost efficient in time, parking & effort.

    Many of use put Insurance on CC for the Snowflake benefits offered by the card. If your insurance charges a fee for it's monthly payment system, consider changing/charging it as an annual payment once you've prepared for the hit.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Yes, I drove to work and to the golf event. Well worth it. The train is great for the regular commute, but not for deviations from the norm.

    Since it was the athletics department who paid for the food, I don't really know how leftovers were handled. Ordinarily, if our department has had an event catered, we take the leftovers back to the office to share. Since the event was off-campus, I'll bet that didn't happen this time.

    You're probably right that I can make an electronic transfer for a fee. Just like to keep that account sacrosanct so I forbid myself easy access.

    My insurance charge is a semi-annual payment -- I don't think they do it on an annual basis -- anyway, yes, it would be good to get cashback rewards on the payment. Hope they will be amenable.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    We are able to charge our auto insurance payments to a credit card with no fee. I hope that is the case for you to help with the cash flow this month.

  4. SecretarySaving Says:

    Pretty sweet deal with the $20 for groceries!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Yeah, love the free $20! We also pay all of our insurance on the credit card.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Got my answer. I can call and pay by credit card as soon as I get the online notification. That way I still get the 5% discount for being on Easy Pay. My agent says that's what he does himself. So it's paid. Yay!

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