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Things I managed to get done in 3 weeks

Just a short update.

I basically managed to get the following finalized in 3 weeks:

Moved to a new apartment

  • Moved from one apartment to another with a baby
  • Set up entire apartment (including putting everything away and ironing all my clothes)
  • Got apartment insurance
  • Cleaned entire apartment from top to bottom
  • Bit the bullet and bought a table. This apartment was unfurnished *sigh*

Bought a new car in cash for $9000 after taxes & fees

  • “New” meaning new to me, because it’s used because .. well it’s a 2009 vehicle and in very good condition
  • I contemplated spending $50,000 on a brand new car until my partner talked me out of it
  • Got car insurance at $350/year
  • Got CAA just in case
  • Got a license plate
  • Partner is going to clean car, set it up with new mats, change the brake pads and organize my car life

Found this and said: I AGREE!


Finalized contract

  • Finally got everything squared away, just one little SNAFU happening I have to iron out
  • Will be working until 2016 if all goes well. I SURE HOPE SO
  • Met the team already and love them
  • Can’t wait to start working
  • Charged GPS and am ready to go
  • …will also be speaking French a lot

Working on the last few trays of my Invisalign braces

  • Am almost done. Am on Tray #7, and I have 3 more trays to go.
  • Have to make an appointment with the dentist to remove attachments, clean teeth and install a permanent wire

Transitioned Baby Bun (in the process of)

  • Daddy will be taking care of Baby Bun full-time now
  • Baby Bun is not adjusting well to Mommy not being around for 4-5 hours at a time (I’m trying to go easy)
  • Started Baby Bun on purees and he is not loving it — I hope this changes
  • Baby Bun is also not sleeping through the night any more; wakes up crying for milk every 3 hours
  • Am going to stop pumping breast milk completely, it is exhausting and I am tired

That’s it so far.

I’m sure I missed something but….

I really feel like I need to go for a back massage.

In lieu of that, I really enjoyed this video:

Thanks Gia!

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  1. Lila

    I *loved* that interview of Anna Wintour. I really like her. I pretty much watch any documentary and interview with her. Congrats on buying a used car. I’ve driven used which I don’t mind and actually, getting used or economic cars is a good way of getting ahead financially. And yes I also love that John M. quote!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      She’s quite an icon and an interesting woman.

      Used cars are great if you can find a good one. BF spent 3 weeks driving to used car lots almost DAILY before he found this one for me.

  2. StackingCash

    What $50k car were you contemplating???

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Honda Pilot. Not the super fancy version but the one below, taxes in, mats for the car, etc. ($50K was the entire budget)

  3. Melissa

    Whoa, you go girl! That’s a crazy amount of work to get done in 3 weeks. Good luck on the new contract! Baby Bun will get used to it, eventually 🙂 Also, $350 a year for car insurance?! Did I read that wrong? That is AWESOME!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Thank you! We’re both exhausted and it isn’t done yet. My partner is helping me condition the car now.

      He didn’t cry AS MUCH yesterday.. so we’re on the right track.

      Yes, $350/year. Liability only. No one is going to steal my used car (it’s not fancy).. and if it dies, burns, etc, I buy another one.

  4. CielBelle

    Thats amazing – i feel like this looks overwhelming to start off but great job tackling all of them in less than a month!

  5. Clarisse @ Make Money Your Way

    I love that quote! And I think you really need a good massage, I just had a massage last weekend and it was really awesome!

  6. Charlotte

    Sounds crazyyyyy but exciting! I can’t imagine moving with a baby haha I would lose it. Like everyone else, I love that quote 🙂

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I almost lost it. 🙂

  7. Jennifer Roberts

    That quote is perfect! I’ve been working on a more minimalist wardrobe, and slowly trading out crappy quality for higher end stuff (and your insight on shoes, clothes, etc. has been very helpful in that regard).

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Oh that’s great to hear!

  8. NZ Muse

    – Congrats on all the things!

    – Holy shit, wish $9k would get a 2009 car here. (I suppose possibly it might if it was a very very small car, but a very very small car is not an option for us)

    – How long ago did you get braces? I feel like I don’t remember that happening…

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      hank you!

      It was a used car but yes, cars are cheaper in North America (EVEN CHEAPER in the U.S.) than in New Zealand, I am sure (import taxes for one thing).

      I got Invisalign in June. Post here.

      I’ll be posting my experience / progress… 🙂 With the baby, my job, etc.. we’ll see how that works out

  9. LAL

    Where did you move to and from? Why? I am so out of the loop. You need a place to read all old posts.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I do have a place for all the old posts.. it’s on the site. Just scroll down and read through the archives.

      Or RSS Feed, use Feedly or use BlogLovin’.

      I moved within Montreal from a hotel to an apartment.

  10. Heather

    Love that quote!

  11. Serena T.

    PS I linked to you. 😀
    PPS I need fewer things. 🙂

  12. Revanche

    Go you!

    When you say you’ve started purees, is this in combination with milk, as a pre-solids thing?

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      No, pure purees.. we started with butternut squash. No milk mixed in.

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