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Money Where did you spend your money this year?  Did you save it instead?  What, if anything, would you like to do with your finances this year?

We bought an apartment this year.



It’s a beautiful view. It’s a beautiful place.

We bought it brand-new. The building is not new, but the apartment was never lived in, so it’s technically brand-new. That means it comes with its own set of complexities and complications — like the 5-hour Verizon appointment because the walls had never been wired for cable.

What I have also recently discovered is that when you move house…everything costs money. When you own the place…everything costs more. And this place has come with weird surprises, like the fact that there are only four drawers in the entire apartment — none of which is a normal size. They are all these weird, long, skinny drawers that are only wide enough to fit maybe a spatula. We are precise people, and we accounted for many things in buying this place, but infuriatingly, the drawer situation wasn’t something we assessed when we bought the apartment, because one assumed drawers came standard.

One assumed wrong.

So if I am forced to decline your invitations in the new year, it’s because I’m saving money to rectify the drawer problem.

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  1. I learned my lesson: when you buy a place that appears in move-in condition, do not assume you will not be spending money to “fix” the little things you didn’t see. We had a drawer that was not cut right so it didn’t open (had to fix), we had to replace the bathroom fixtures because even a plumber with the right parts couldn’t fix the leaks. We love our new home, but I was quickly schooled in what “move in ready” really means!

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