Today I was definately on the right track from a financial point of view.
I went to the truck rental place to settle up, and found that I had been charged for only one rental period, instead of the two that I booked, resulting in a cash refund of $55.
After changing my address at the bank that holds my first student loan and at the Service Kiosk for my driver's licence and health cards I went up to Wal-Mart to use a gift card my sister gave me for christmas. Our little DVD player is choosy about which movies it likes to play, so I decided to purchase a new one. The only player they had left in stock was about $100, way more than I wanted to pay, so I left with only an 82 cent purchase of a couple of christmas decorations. I think it was the first time I walked out of Wal-Mart without spending at least fifty bucks!
I decided to head next door to Canadian Tire to see what they had in stock in DVD players. The selection almost as bad as Wal-Mart, but at least the store wasn't as crazy-busy so I spent my $18 store credit on a few more christmas decorations and a stainless steel kettle, the kind that boils on the stove with a whistle! The whole lot cost me $8.81 (after cashing in the credit) and I didn't feel too bad about that.
When I got home I found I had an email from someone nearby who saw my ad on Kijiji requesting a bunk bed, and we are now making arrangements to have it dropped off here soon. Sweet! I also received an email from someone who is interested in purchasing a huge lot of cloth diapers, hopefully about $200 worth! I'll put that money in my food/house envelope, and the money set aside in my chequing can go back to the savings account.
One of the christmas decorations I purchased was a small mirror to put on my apartment door. As I was hanging it on the hook that was already there, it broke loose from the string and crashed to the floor. This is not the first time I have broken a mirror just after moving into a new place. I was superstitious enough the last time to think that I would have fourteen years of bad luck, which would just be wrapping up in 2010. I'm trying to talk myself out of extending it to 2016, which is actually the year I figured I would have the down payment saved for a house.
OK, who here is superstitious? Do you think I have anything to worry about? It was such a tiny mirror ...