It used to be that The Creature handled all of the bill payments and
accounting for the house. In hindsight, that probably wasn't the best
arrangement, but water under the bridge and all that. When we split, I
asked her to hand over the bills to me, and what I wanted was basically
an excel spreadsheet with all of the bills, contact info, what state we
were in with those accounts, etc.
I never really got that. She said that they weren't organized enough to
hand off to me. Eventually I did get some of the information, enough to
make do and get caught up on everything. And when I was up last weekend,
I had her collect what receipts she could so that I could do taxes.
I just went through them.
It's probably a good thing that I didn't know what was happening at the
time. I can barely make heads or tails of it as is.
Though honestly, I think my way of dealing with things now has changed
considerably. And since I wasn't taking responsibility for it, I can't
really bitch about it now, can I?
Well, I can bitch. It just does no good. He important thing is
that I am current on everything that I know about, and even a bit ahead.
However, it is really evident to me that I need to discipline myself
much more strongly in keeping track of purchases.
I did purchase QuickBooks Pro. I need to actually use it though. Make a
point of sitting down AT LEAST once a month and handling receipts and
Since I own my own business and do a lot of contract work, I have to
file a 1040, not the 1040A or the 1040EZ. I have to do deductions. And I
have a home office, so it gets complicated. Think of going through every
receipt that you have ever received and itemizing everything on it into
categories. It's a whole lot of data.
And trust me, doing it only once a year is a huge pain in the ass.