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Odds and Ends on a Quiet Afternoon

February 13th, 2013 at 02:59 pm

It's a quiet afternoon here at the office. My coworker has left for the afternoon because it is so slow. My boss is out to lunch now.

The weather is beautiful and I would have been the one to leave early, but I need to take care of my cat sitting cats tonight. They live very close to my work and I live in a different town about 20 minutes away. Plus, as much as I'd rather be at home on the internet I might as well be here at work on the computer and getting paid for what I'd be doing at home anyway. Smile

Using some of the down time to check some little To Do's off.

The first was to log in and renew the library books my children have. In addition I paid the overdue fines that we seem to get just about every time we check something out. It is never a lot at one time, but $0.10 here $0.50 there and it accumulates. We (I) must get better about remembering the due dates.

Maybe writing them up on the white board we keep in the kitchen?
I literally had never thought of that until just now. Doh!

The fines were $10. I am happy I can pay it online with a cc and it takes about 60 seconds. Now it's done.

The second thing is tracking down the insurance payment for my root canal in December. If you read my post back then I was figuring I'd be due to get a $500 refund. Well I've been waiting for my claim's statement to show up in the mail. And waiting. And waiting. Today I created online access for my dental insurance company and searched my recent claims.

The only claim that showed for the last 90 days was my crown and that has been submitted and paid already. No pending or paid claim for my root canal.

Called the endodontists office and she was surprised that they hadn't been paid. According to her the claim had been submitted on the same day as treatment

She called the insurance company and resubmitted the claim.

And, yes I will be getting a check from the dentist for $502 once they receive the payment from insurance. Yay!

The third was transferring a $1 balance on a Starbucks gift card to the gift card I have registered. That was easy to do online.

DH and I opted to pass on DD's big school fundraising dinner this year. It would have been $70 for dinner and we would end up spending more if we wanted to bid on any auction items or buy raffle tickets. Just better to forgo completely. I did donate $25. I just put the check in the collection envelope the PTA sent home for the dinner ticket purchase. I felt very good about doing that. We saved and the school didn't lose out (much).

8 Responses to “Odds and Ends on a Quiet Afternoon”

  1. mjrube94 Says:

    Your PTO should host a "Phantom Ball". It's a non-event, where youaskpeople to donate the cost of a dress, babysitter, etc., if they had to go out. The PTO gets the money and the parents get to stay home in their pajamas. Win-win!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Something else I've done in the past to help with overdue library books is to set up an alert reminder in yahoo or google calendar for every other Monday reminding me to check the due dates on any books that are out. That helped a lot when I was checking books out regularly.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Our library emails us a due date reminder two days prior to the due date. If I know we won't return on time, I at least try to renew. I actually have never paid or received a library fine.

    Another library we used we issue a receipt when we checked out with the due dates and books listed. That I just attached to the fridge.

  4. PNW Mom Says:

    Our library also e-mails us...it is very helpful!

  5. scfr Says:

    My library sends a Courtesy Notice, which is very nice.
    Also, I try to go to the library on the same day of the week so I don't have to remember due dates.

  6. snafu Says:

    We note the due date for library books [and other appointments] on the cell phone's calendar which beeps at the designated time/date.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    I use Remember the Milk for library due dates and other things I need to remember.

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    check my moneyblog.com - there was some library e-mail reminder system (you sign up online and get automatic alerts?).

    We used to just put due dates on our calendar. But haven't bothered to in ages since our library will always send us an e-mail reminder a few days ahead.

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