*This topic was addressed by me before- but I recently saw that there were technical problems with the post+ in my opinion money saving is important enough to be reminded of again- so here it is!

My closest friend is a retired lawyer like me. we used to work at the same place for 13 years, then I moved away-but we kept our relationship through thick, and thin. 

I am telling you this, not because I think this is a valuable piece of information for you, (though- who knows, right?) but because she is an outstanding example of “documentophobia”- (I just invented this word, yes I did), I mean she has a deep fear of documents.

Yes, she was a lawyer. like me, for almost 30 years, and if that strikes you as odd- then you need to revisit old sayings.

Such as, for example:” the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot”. here is the link to the history of the proverb. (the reason I put the link is that I knew the phrase differently- I knew the version saying the shoemaker himself goes barefoot- which I believe says something about a person-I mean with all due respect- neglecting your own needs is one thing, but letting your children go barefoot is something completely different as Monty Python used to say.)

https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100502785

Anyway- I was talking to her on the phone, and the subject of her “study room” came up.

She said that she loves her study room, she spends most of her time there- that’s where she writes and watches “documentaries” on Youtube (I suspect she believes watching TVshows on Youtube qualifies as “watching documentaries”-no matter the actual content of the show-perhaps telling herself that it’s the streaming platform that defines the content. no, she is certainly not daft- she is one of the brightest people I know- she just has an issue with double and triple standards).

But- she said- the boxes are getting in the way.

“What boxes?” I asked. (knowing fully well she moved to her apartment more than 25 years ago- plenty of time to unpack even if you are a slow unpacker).

“Oh, the boxes containing all the papers I can’t seem to bring myself to sort out”.

“What papers?? ” I asked again. she is as retired as I am-so no work-related papers.

“Well- All the mail I get gets thrown immediately to the box under my work desk” she admitted. “I can’t bring myself to deal with it- now there are 5 full boxes and it’s blocking my space!”

I gave her a piece of my mind for about 30 minutes straight, and even promised her I would make the trip to her house (a 3-hour drive) to help her sort out the boxes, but she seemed to be content with the venting.

The thing is-

In the past few years only- I learned about various sums of money that were either about to part ways with me due to new regulations in the bank- which immediately got me writing to the bank and asking for a discount- and after haggling for a while-got it, or discovering I was double-charged with car insurance- got it canceled via mail too- or that my late grandmother left my son some money that’s been sitting in a distant bank for more than 15 years.

*I want to be clear here- when I tell you that going through your mail and reading every bank report is important- I do not mean those “Persian prince has recently left you a huge inheritance” kind of mail.

what I mean is- Please don’t get intimidated by bank statements and insurance mail or any other formal mail, and please don’t stuff it in an unopened box under the table.

Turns out tables don’t read and sort your mail for you, strangely enough.

If you don’t understand the babble they wrote- write your bank and ask for an explanation. or ask someone who understands the difficult language they (sometimes??) use-surely, not on purpose. I use Dr. Google many times.

Your money is important -and being aware of your monetary situation is super important too.

I happen to believe nobody owes me anything- and that establishments in general- and private monetary ones specifically- do not need to put my interests above their profit, meaning I need to take care of myself.

This means I know I have to read the official mail I get- be it paper mail- or via Gmail. and don’t be surprised to see that sometimes the important stuff -such as a rise in bank fees or negative interest rules- appear in the last paragraph of a long (and boring- super boring) document.

My friend? oh, she’ll probably keep stuffing the mail into the boxes under her desk. but you don’t have to.

Take care- the cooliflower.

I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.

I’m not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog,  therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything  I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility

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an organized full time working vegan -with plenty of ideas on getting everything done in the most simple and efficient way possible.

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  1. I’ve a family member who does that “Ignore letters and they’ll go away” routine. Spent a fair few hours sat on their carpet surrounded by letters, sorting them into piles, most recent at the top, most pressing ones making me worries on their behalf. It’s an experience.

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