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Nickname Update + Misc.

August 17th, 2016 at 03:58 pm

Okay, I hadn't updated nicknames yet because I hadn't figured it out. Maybe a little sidetracked with life...

LM told me he wanted to be a drama llama and BM never really came up with anything.

So... I renamed them to Monkey Monkey and Drama Llama.

I think it was Lucky Robin who came up with "Monkey Hubby" and I love that!

Now I just have to remember the new names. I will add their age to their initials too to keep it simple for more occasional readers.

It will probably take me a while to remember and I am sure I will use old initials once in a while.

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In other news...

I got a $50 MRI bill which I know is not right. Is usually more like $1,500. Doesn't really matter because even if they billed that wrong I am sure I will max out our deductible soon enough with foot stuff.

MH got a focus group for $150. Woohoo! It's probably been around a year since the last one. Since the gymnastics place really only takes cash, I might just use that to pay for next month. (Man, what a pain!)

That reminds me... I did get MM(13) signed up with a checking account. They printed him a debit card on the spot. I wasn't expecting that! I was able to automate his allowance.

I went a little back and forth on "reconciling bank accounts" and so on but don't know how relevant that really is in this day and age. (I don't remember the last time I had an outstanding item when it comes to personal banking? Everything clears so instantly). & pen and paper seemed so archaic. It's been over a decade since I've handled my own finances that way. But I mostly use software. Which I am sure he is more than capable of using, but felt like it was like teaching math with a calculator. Wanted him to get more used to the nuts and bolts first. I finally decided to just set up a spreadsheet so he could keep an electronic register. I think that is an appropriate solution for the here and now.

4 Responses to “Nickname Update + Misc.”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I still reconcile my accounts in YNAB - that way I can easily see if I missed a transaction in entering manually, or if something HASN't gone through yet. I never did do it though when I only had a paper register ... it was only after getting online access to my accounts and YNAB that I sort of kind of started doing it. (Now do it more than not.)

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Cool names! Spreadsheets are a pretty easy way of handling budgets, good for a teenager.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Oh yeah, to be clear my accounts are always reconciled. Probably on average weekly with the help of software and/or online tools. I just don't know that there is much to it in this day and age. I am guessing most of the time his check register will match his bank statements. (Unless there is a mistake to fix).

  4. rob62521 Says:

    You aren't kidding how fast stuff clears anymore. I asked our chiropractor how he got our checks to clear so quickly and he said because he takes a photo of them, the bank must really get on the ball.

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