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Finally - something to help keep me organized!

August 30th, 2007 at 09:59 am

I am one of those people who can't remember what needs to be done unless it is written down. Therefore, I have about 4 to-do lists floating around at any one time. One for home, one for work, a grocery list, a Target list, an event planning list, etc. Unfortunately, the lists never seem to get shorter and they tend to get lost before they can do any good.

Well, I found a great site on-line called BackPack that has been helping me with my list problems. Basically, you can sign up for a free account that let's you create as many as 5 separate to-do lists at any one time. They can be accessed from any Internet terminal and has little check boxes for you to check stuff off as you get it done. You can even email stuff directly to a specific list from a blackberry or PDA if you are technically inclined (which I am not)!

In other news, we got the new rates for Caleb's daycare that go into affect next week. Was really hoping for a significant change so that we could put more towards debt payments. I should have known better. We went from paying $218/week to paying $213/week. Know we can almost afford to go out to eat once a month. Also, we found out that the cost for an infant for the next year will be $288/week which is more than we had planned on for sure.

All we can do is try even harder to get out of debt as quick as possible to free up a little more money for daycare payments. I am going to have to propose some pretty tough restrictions on spending if that is going to happen, though. Once again I have to be the bad guy...

Well, we were able to avoid having 3 separate repair people come to our house last night. I managed to fix the DirecTV ($0), Scott fixed the garbage disposal ($0), and then we both worked at fixing the weed whacker ($13 for parts). I figure we saved ourselves about $600 by repairing what we had instead of throwing it out and buying new.

9 Responses to “Finally - something to help keep me organized!”

  1. Toyguy1963 Says:

    I got some free software from
    www.freewarefiles.com that is pretty good for keeping organized. The program I got is Chaos Manager and its works good. Its a to do list, calender and notebook sort of thing all combined. They have a number of other similar ones too but I prefered the Chaos Manager out of what i've tried.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Way to go on the DIY!

  3. Aleta Says:

    Congratulations on the DIY. There's nothing like being able to fix something that someone elde would charge bookoo dollars for. Thank goodness for the internet. I get alot of information there.

  4. YOUCANDOIT Says:

    What kind of daycare are you using? Those prices are outrageous. Have you looked around and compared pricing?

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    Haha, I am one of those people that have to write down everything too. Thank goodness for my PDA.

    I agree that Backpack is very good, especially for those who want to coordinate their business-related... business online. Big Grin

    If you prefer outlines, I like the way www.loosestitch.com is shaping up so far. Check it out!

  6. newlyfrugal Says:

    Yeah, we were really happy to get everything fixed ourselves. It sure saves a lot of money!

    Unfortunately, those are the going rates for daycare in this area. It is truly outrageous and there is nothing we can do about it. The cost of daycare is the reason that most people with more than 1 child around here have one parent who stays home full time. We just aren't willing to do that at this point.

    I will have to check out loosestitch. That sounds interesting....

  7. Aleta Says:

    Do you have any universities near you. They have excellent day care programs and are reasonable. They also have classes for new Mommies. Check around.

  8. newlyfrugal Says:

    Yup, we have several universities that have great dayare....for university employees only. And then they have a waiting list! One of the guys I work with was unable to get his son into UW care and his wife is a tenured professor. Even in-home, unlicensed care is $200 a week. I would rather pay a little more and have him in a pre-school setting than allowed to watch TV all day as "education" (that was the situation we came from last year).

  9. SavingDiva Says:

    Congrats on fixing it yourself!

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