End of August is the time of year where I do most of my house cleaning. I don’t mean that literally, but more along the lines of finances, paperwork etc. Most of my memberships, subscriptions etc, are set to renew, and I take the time to look through everything and make sure that I still need them.
I think it’s a result of years of getting ready for school, and making sure that everything was in order before we went back to school shopping, so found new clubs, or sports to sign up for. I am late this year by about 3 weeks. Most of it has to do with the amount of travelling that I am doing, but since I have most of my things online, I could have easily gotten most of it done. I have instead spent my days trying new restaurants, visiting friends in different cities, or working till 2 am every night. I figure if I work 15 hour days 4 days a week, then I can take a long weekend without feeling guilty about it.
But I digress.
While most people go through they yearly goals, and bucket list items in December or Jan, I tend to do it in August. It correlates perfecting with the start of the new school year (not that it matters to me all that much anymore, but old habits die hard), and the pace of life picks up again. This is also the perfect time for me to go thru my wallet and purse. I carry an entire house in my purse, and sometimes it just needs to be dumped out. Also, I picked up a new purse and wallet that I’m in love with and will be posting pics soon. Yes, gentlemen, it will be a girly post.
Here is my to-call/to-do list (aka house cleaning):
- Cable/Internet/Cellphone Companies.
My contracts expire in September (I did this on purpose since all the great deals come out for back to school season). I make sure to call them and see what offers they have. It helps that I have all of my services with the same company, and use that as leverage to score bigger discounts. I save on average of 20-40% depending on the product line. Yes, I recommit for a year, but that doesn’t matter to since I’ve been with the same company since 2002,and they have always treated me well.
- Gym memberships
I normally struggle with signing up for a gym membership since the deals come out right about now, or try and work out at home.
- Audit my makeup/ cleansing products.
I normally use the same products for my face, and buy them every 6months to a 1 year. They are all almost out, and since they each cost a pretty penny, I take a look at other options before spending $40 on moisturizer alone.
- Audit my closet.
I own A LOT of clothes. I tend to pick up items at the end of winter every year on sale, and promptly forget about them. I take this time to start re-aligning things in my closet so I know what items I have, and what, if any, I need to pick up.
- Credit check.
I know most people recommend doing one every 3 months, but I follow the semi-annually rule, and do one around this time of the year.
Do you have a back to school list that you complete every year? If so, whats on your list?