Up early this morning, and off to the Toyota dealership, as I received a recall notice in the mail on Friday. Strange thing is, that when I called, I was told to just bring it in, and to do so before 8 a.m. if I wanted a loaner car. I arrived shortly after they opened, and made arrangements for the recall repair as well as an oil change (free to me since I bought the car through them), new wiper blades, a new battery for one of my button openers. I got a Corolla to drive, and was told to just top up the car with whatever (little) gas I would use. Fine. I got the call at 11:30-car is ready. After putting $5 worth of gas in, I returned to trade vehicles, pay my bill: $41.81. I set aside $ every month for auto maintenance, so not an issue. I noted to the service tech that my car was now covered in bird poop (assume that they had parked it under a tree at some point), so he gave me a car wash voucher. Nice.
Freebie: recall repair on a sensor
Freebie: loaner car
Freebie: oil change
Freebie: car wash voucher (will use next month)
Bfst this morning was quick; I grabbed a piece of Danish and some coffee before heading out to the dealership. Once home again, I had the rest of the strawberries, some juice, a second cup of coffee.
Laundry for the day was only a fleece blanket and some towels. DS #1 came over to do his laundry. I made burgers for lunch, with canned baked beans on the side.
Next on the agenda: finally getting my taxes over to the CPA, an all female firm that I use. Love it. : ) A lot less complicated this year, I no longer have a home to declare and have less dependents. No promises, but they'll try to get it done for tomorrow. I also enclosed DD's taxes, at her request. She will be billed separately.
Not yet done with car business, since I knew that I'd literally be driving right by, I stopped in at the carwash that I buy prepaid vouchers for, and had my car washed. The voucher I received this morning is for a location in the opposite direction of where I was going this afternoon, so it's being saved for another month/time. I have 9 more pre-paid or freebie (today's) vouchers plus a freebie (the 10th wash is free at the car wash I frequented today); I won't need to shell out any cash for the rest of the year. I will again take advantage of the Christmas gift vouchers offered in December and set myself up for 2015.
On the way home, I pulled in at the post office and bought 4 books of stamps, as I was down to 2 loan stamps this morning. Item now taken off the list.
On the bills front: rent check mailed today (must be postmarked the 15th), as well as the second installment of our new CSA, which I learned today will start on the 25th-about 11 days. I'll pick up on my way home from work on Fridays-perfect. They open for 2, I'd be arriving around 2:30. Next up: the credit card bill, which is due the 17th (paid that on line through a transfer from my checking to the CC thru the same bank-so that is done) and the Verizon bill which came in today's mail. All bills paid so far, and 3 months worth of expenses remains in the checking account. Awesome! Still need to bulk that account up for the upcoming Summer (I have 6 more checks coming in) and then we hunker down until Sept 15th and the new pay year. I also want to get my savings account back to speed as well. It's been an unusual year.
Heard from our realtor, who I recently contacted regarding some rentals here in town, seeking additional info. She has a rental that will soon be listed and wanted to give me first crack, if interested. She sent me the link to last year's posting, so I was able to see the pertinent details. It's a raised ranch set back from the road on a 3 acre lot (big plow bill!), electric heat (ouch!) and a galley kitchen with NO dishwasher. Really a 2 bedroom but the finished lower level could be used as a 3rd BR-we're already making do in that dept, I really would prefer a proper 3rd BR, as would DD. Another deal breaker: listed as tenant's responsibilities, in addition to snow removal, lawn maintenance and landscaping (I only have "lawn mowing" now), is exterior home maintenance. Um-NO! Just what the heck would THAT include? roof? paint? broken window if a branch hit it? I can only imagine. So, I declined and stated the reasons above, thanking the realtor for keeping me in mind and to please continue to do so, as we weigh our options.