Trials and Tribulations of a First Time Home-Buyer
Let this act as a notice to any of you who buy your first ever home. This is even more applicable to those of you who have a penchant for throwing things away.
Growing up, and to this day, I've had little value for money. I honestly think that it has made me a more generous person, albeit frivolous and wasteful. A small example is when I was in Las Vegas with my company 3 weeks ago for a retreat and a couple of us were walking through the casino just dropping $1 bills everywhere until we had dropped about $562 (I think that's the exact number). By the time we reached the front entrance we had a line of people following us longer than the world's Longest wedding dress train
I'm not even remotely proud or happy about that by the way, it's just sort of who I am... Or was. I bought a house 3 days before that trip to Las Vegas. All of my first payments came out on June 1st and HOLY SMOKES! Let me tell you, as a bachelor living in a 3-bedroom house in a new development area of Edmonton, it was not cheap. The actual value of my house is inconsequential, as it's directly proportionate to income really, but anyone who is young, single, frivolous, and has bought a house will tell you that it's shocking. Prepare to pay: Mortgage, property tax, water, electricity, gas, cable/internet (optional), insurance. It all came out at once (by my choice), and I'm almost already dreading July 1st haha.
Also, the initial shop factor blew my mind. As aforementioned I have an issue with throwing things away. This means everything. I moved into my new house with a mattress, some clothes (unfortunately I do not get to work naked just yet), and my cookware (I love to cook). That's it that's all! The rest of my belongings I had left in Grande Prairie, as the couple taking over my condo was having their first child and didn't really have much furniture or dishes (good friend of mine and his lady).
So, I went shopping. I felt smart while shopping too! I bought everything. I bought batteries! I didn't need them yet, but I knew that when I did, I wouldn't want to go get them, so I had the foresight to do it now. I'm so freakin' smart! I was so proud of myself. Until that night. Went to throw away all of the garbage from unpacking only to realize I had bought bags, but no bins. Well that's not a big deal I thought. I go about my evening, set up my new TV stand and sofa-bed, then in the middle of it decide to go to the washroom.
Guys... Gals... When you move into a new place... Buy toilet paper.
Fortunately, I only had to urinate, so it could have been much worse! I eventually go to bed, and I wake up in the morning bright and early (just in time to shower and head to work actually), and I go to have a shower.
Guys... Gals... When you move into a new place... Buy a shower curtain
I couldn't believe it. I ended up having a bath for the next 2 days and everything was fine, but I truly had felt like a king after that original shop. At this point, I inventoried everything I had, and decided what I needed. I noticed that I didn't have any dishes, or saran wrap (well, I didn't notice that until I made 6 turkey meatloaf burgers on my first day of primal and couldn't store them), or anything really. I didn't have a lawn mower, but am noticing that my lawn is the least attractive on the block, so that's tonight's task.
Onto this morning! It was the first morning that I had woken up early enough to have breakfast before going to work (aside from picking up a green tea and yoghurt or something from Tim Horton's, which I have stopped doing). I had all my groceries, and I was excited to have some bacon, eggs, half an avocado and some blueberries. Wouldn't you know it, before long I realize that even though it IS a possibility, I just didn't feel like eating with my hands today.
Guys... Gals... When you move into a new place... Buy cutlery
That's it for now. I'm sure that I am still missing so many hilarious things around the house that just don't come to mind, but I will get them as the days go by. I'm not too concerned about it. I won't start my weekly goals until Sunday (for a Monday-Sunday sort of schedule), but I KNOW that budgeting is going to play a huge role in there.
In the end if you're curious, I just had a handful of blueberries for breakfast and headed to work early enough to type this up.
Next post will be a day 3 wrap-up before I go to bed.
Grok until you just can't Grok any longer. Then suck it up, and Grok on!
Really liking this song by the way:
- Jim Martyn