So, I raced downtown tonight straight after leaving work (~7:45pm), with the intent of capturing some of the surrounding area while the light was still horizontal. Now I know where the G.WIZ Science Center is! Unfortunately, I don’t think many of the shots came out, though I don’t know for sure, because they’re still on my camera. But I did stop by the library, and, sure enough, they had Young, Fabulous and Broke — something like eight copies of it, six of which were out. Obviously in demand! The two which weren’t checked out were at a different library. But a number of Ms. Orman’s other books were there, including the 1997 “9 Steps to Financial Freedom”, so I checked it out. I guess we’ll see if I can get through it in two weeks. I should add here, that yes, I did finish Eats, Shoots and Leaves 🙂
I got my 2001 US income tax refund back in the mail today! Yay! It’s nice to get a bit of closure on that one. Let’s just say it’ll come in handy when the “dust settles” on my 2001 Canadian income tax return and I know how much I actually owe. In other taxy news, since I now know how much tax I actually paid in the states, I can mail the documentation into the CCRA. And I did just that this morning.
Now, to get onto 2002….
You know that saying that starts off “There are only two things certain in life…”?
Well, tomorrow, I’m going to find out about that second thing. Even though it might be bad news, I’m happy to finally start address the issue. I’ve been putting it off for months.
I was just thinking about how nice it is to be back in Victoria. Right now the sun is shining through my parent’s livingroom window and I’m postponing doing the admin tasks of my trip back home.
Two days ago I made an appointment for today to open an account with the Royal Bank. By doing this, I could make use of my Canadian credit rating.
I should probably point out that I can already use my Canadian credit rating by using my CIBC VISA. The problem with CIBC is that if I mailed them a US cheque it might take them a month or more to verify and deposit the funds into my account. CIBC’s not capable of doing (or it’s not possible to do?) an “international direct deposit” type thing, and I’d have to call or fax them just to get money transferred from one of their “US Funds” accounts onto one of their $35/yr US VISAs cards. No thank you! So nix those ideas too.
The Royal Bank has an affiliate bank in the US (“Centura”, I think?) that would help me keep my finances consolidated in Canada. The way it would work is that I’d mail my paycheque to a Centura branch in the middle-eastern US (they don’t have any branches in the southern US), and they’d deposit it for me into my Royal Bank bank account. Then I could use my Royal Bank VISA card to access my funds.
The main benefit of going with Royal Bank over CIBC would be the speed of the deposit approval. The problem with either bank is I could get dinged on the exchange rate twice: (1) when I deposit my cheque and (2) whenever I make a transaction.
I’m going to just stick with the “zero-credit” approach I’m using right now through the Bank of America. The centrepiece of this approach is my “check-card” — basically a debit card that works anywhere a VISA card works, including the internet. It’s reduced my big desire for a credit card.
So I went to cancel my appointment to open an account with the Royal Bank. I called the number they gave me on the front of the little appointment card that Aaron so helpfully scheduled for me. After wading through the voicemail system for 3 minutes and waiting on hold for a further five (I had to press “0” 3 times just to get in the “your call is important to us” queue) , I decided it just wasn’t worth it. For all I knew the local number on the card probably silently redirected me to their Canada-wide phone exchange and I’d have to explain how I wanted to be connected to this particular branch on Shelbourne Street. So I hung up. They can deal with me not showing.
I tried to get a credit card at my bank today. Luckily I only had to wait about 30 seconds after filling out a form for this little gem:
So, for now it looks like I just have to wait for my Florida driver’s license to come in. Then I’ll be able to apply for a Target credit card. Yay.