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The other day when I was at MicroCenter researching, I saw on the shelf a Seagate external firewire drive.
One Terabyte. In a box about half the size of a shoebox. MSRP was I think $899. I didn't buy it, but the concept of a Terabyte-in-a-box is awesome. Somewhere I think I still have a 5.25" full-height drive that holds 10 MEGAbytes. Makes a cool doorstop.

Have receipts from 2005 sorted. Need to DL the bank transactions from 2005 and add them to the fray, then it's data entry time. Got all the flex spending stuff sorted and mailed off today. If all goes well, that will be a nice little chunk back that I had not counted on.

I have a pretty healthy chunk taken out of my check each week for both the health insurance and the flex plan. It's nice to get some of it back. 2006 will be significantly more, both because I will have worked more, and because I've had a bunch more doctor's visits and more medications to take.

Biggest chunk of change so far is in the home improvement category. No big surprise there. But one thing I really have learned to hate is receipts printed on thermal paper. They fade over time, some to the point where I can no longer read them. And there are a LOT of stores that use thermal transfer paper.

I think I may change my bookkeeping practices this year, and start doing a monthly entry of receipt data line-item by line-item. I have Quickbooks Pro, I should probably use it. It would probably make my life easier in the long run.

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