Hello everyone! Welcome to the end of yet another week. My biggest reason for being grateful this week has to be that my parents came up to visit us! It was nice to enjoy some time together, even though we didn’t do much. Of course, the week went by too fast, and I was sad to see them go this morning, but at least they made it home safely.

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Having my parents here this week was a little blessing in disguise as a lot of great things came out of it.

DMV troubles are gone!

First, the DMV. I had told you all last week that apparently NC needs proof of your full name, so I had to search around for my birth certificate. R had looked through our file cabinet, and then we looked through a box of paperwork we moved with. Nothing. I was getting a bit worried, but R decided to go through the file cabinet again and found it. Whew! I definitely plan on putting that in a safe place now.

My mom came with me to the DMV as we had decided to run a few errands. There was a very short wait, and then I was up. The vision test and road sign recognition test is pretty much a joke, which made me happy as I was worrying a bit too much about it.

I left with my temporary driver’s license and felt the weight of one less thing to worry about leave my shoulders. Our moving to-do list has seemed never ending and as we whittle it down I get more excited =).

Insurance troubles now and a trip back to the DMV

Well, one more dent was made. My mom and I returned to the DMV the next day because we had taken a trip to Geico, where they had mentioned my mom might have to be with me to sign the title over to me.

This is a bit complicated, but my mom was the owner of my car. When I purchased it in 2009, my mom registered it in her name as the car was being added to my parents policy. We didn’t really think too far out from there.

I needed to register the car in my name here. But because she was the owner, my car insurance had her listed as the primary driver, even after she moved. Geico said everything should be fine, she just needs to call to remove herself from my policy. We weren’t sure if that was going to work with the DMV, though, so we had to go back. As a side note, I am really hoping this doesn’t negatively affect the premium I was quoted. I was so happy to be paying so little…

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Little one is glad she found her new favorite spot

Again, I’m grateful the DMV is about five minutes away, otherwise this would have been a huge hassle! So we went there and asked our questions, because my mom wanted to make sure that she didn’t have to physically be there with me to register the car. The man we spoke to said no, but I guess since my mom seemed a bit worried about everything going smoothly, he actually went ahead and did everything for me.

For whatever reason, you are supposed to get your actual driver’s license in the mail before proceeding with the title and registration, but he made an exception for us and we didn’t even have to ask! Talk about going above and beyond. The DMV usually isn’t a pleasant experience, but I know that the state has been having employees go through customer service training, and I guess it’s working!

The only downside: I wasn’t prepared for the expense. It ended up being $180, plus the $32 I spent on the license. Ouch. This has me thinking that if we move, it’s going to suck to shell out money to the DMV yet again. My parents didn’t pay as much as we did, though, so I think SC is a bit cheaper.

Being grateful for things not involving cars

Anyway, with that all out of the way, we went shopping for food at Target. My mom tried to buy bowls for us, but I insisted that she not. We are happy with what we have, even if it’s not “proper.” Honestly, my parents are pretty much our only company right now, and they can deal with it =). After that, I also got a library card, and we hung out at the pool. Talk about a productive day!

I am grateful that R is finally feeling better. He seemed to have the symptoms of a sinus infection, and my allergies started acting up again, so we’ve been a rather sneezy household.

I am also grateful that we managed to dine in the entire week. This doesn’t fit with my being grateful theme, but our AC isn’t working, and with two extra people in the house, plus cooking dinner, it was rather hot in here the past two nights. Nothing completely unbearable (thermostat says 81 degrees), but it is a huge inconvenience.

Maintenance stopped by yesterday and discovered the unit was frozen, so they refilled the freon, and it seemed promising…but by the end of the night, it was frozen again. I am really hoping they come by again today.

Lastly, I was grateful to see there are a lot of meetup groups here. Have any of you tried meetup.com? I looked back when we were in NY, but there weren’t nearly as many active groups as here! It sounds very promising, and R and I are really eager to make some new friends and find things to do in the city. Most of these events are free or pretty inexpensive, so they should fit into our budget. Our apartment complex is also hosting an event at the pool tomorrow which we might go to.

Other than that, we are planning to go for some walks this weekend, and I am hoping to rope R into helping me redesign the site a bit.

What were you grateful for this week? Any Memorial Day plans? How much do you have to pay to register your car? Do you pay property tax?



  1. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life May 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    A SHORT trip to the DMV? That’s unheard of. I once waited forever in line only to find they wouldn’t accept my proof of address cause it was “junk mail”. I had a full on breakdown right there at the counter.

    1. E.M. May 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      I don’t blame you one bit, ugh! The DMV is seriously so frustrating. Both times I went in NY I remember waiting over an hour. When we checked in last Saturday it was rather crowded, so I guess my best bet was going early in the morning during the week like we did.

  2. Tonya@Budget and the Beach May 23, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Glad you got everything sorted with the DMV, and you’re right it’s very unusual for someone to go above and beyond there. I think meetup is great, the only downside is all the emails you get along with it. Have a great weekend!

    1. E.M. May 23, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      I know, my mom and I were pleasantly surprised by that. Everyone I encountered there was helpful. Then again, this location is brand new, and is their “flagship” DMV office, so I’m sure they only hired the best to work there.

      I have noticed I get a lot of email reminders, but I would probably forget about the events if I didn’t receive them. I have such a bad memory sometimes. I hope you have a great weekend as well!

  3. Shoeaholicnomore May 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    I think the best thing is that your DMV trip was “short”! Wow! I live in a smal town and even here it takes a ridiculous amount of time to go to the DMV for things.

    1. E.M. May 23, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      That’s awful. We went a bit early both times, around 10am and 11am, so maybe that’s why. There were more people there on Thursday but there’s two separate sections and no one was waiting on our line. Back in NY the DMV was always packed.

  4. Lauren May 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Glad you got your DMV issues sorted out. My husband has to get his license within the next 2 months before his international one expires, and we’re not looking forward to dealing with it. Such a pain with all of the paperwork!

    1. E.M. May 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Oh no :/. It really is a pain. They listed everything needed on the website, but I had no clue about the name issue!

  5. Shannon @ Financially Blonde May 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    After hearing your stories, I am grateful that I didn’t have to go to the DMV this week. :-) I moved to four states within 8 years and the worst part of every move was the DMV trip, shocking I know. Anywho, we are just hanging out this weekend but I will be working on Monday which is one of the drawbacks of having your own business, but it is an exciting project I am working on so it is worth the inconvenience.

    1. E.M. May 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Wow, four states! My parents had a fairly easy time at the DMV; they had to go back three times because of documentation, but everyone was friendly to them and they were able to take care of everything in one trip once they had everything.

      I’m glad it’s at least an exciting project! Working isn’t so bad when you’re enjoying what you’re doing.

  6. deb May 24, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Wow, I think I’ve heard of the DMV experiences before but I didn’t know they were that bad. Do they have the number system when you take a ticket at the counter and then they call by number? That’s what they do here and I know I’ve waited sometimes 20 minutes but that’s about it. I guess it does depend a lot on the time of day that you go.

    Nice you had your folks visit for the week! Tell them I say ‘hi’ ;-)

    1. E.M. May 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Yep, we have the same system for the most part. There’s a testing section and then a general section where they take care of transactions and whatnot. The testing section was busier, but no one was on the other line which is where we had to go. R and I first went there around 4:50pm and it was deserted, which surprised me!

      I will! I told them about your blog as well =).

  7. Sam @ Frugaling.org May 24, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Not sure if I understood correctly, but it seems like you had to pay an extra tax because you took ownership of the car, right?

    That’s a one-time charge I believe. That’s only associated with a transfer from one party to another. You shouldn’t have to pay that extra tax yearly or after you move to another state, as the car is still yours and hasn’t transferred. Hope that makes sense! :)

    1. E.M. May 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      The $180 included everything I needed to be set with my car in NC (title, registration, plates, property tax). If we move to another state, we’ll have to get our cars registered there, and go through everything again. Sorry I wasn’t too clear on that! I don’t think we had to pay anything for my mom to transfer the title over to me, but we’ll see what my boyfriend has to pay when his license gets here.

  8. Will May 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Oooh do post back about your experiences with meetup.com!

    Cool blog!

    P.S. The site looks great to me as it is! Mine must look like a landfill to you. ;)

    1. E.M. May 25, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      I will! We have seen a few events that we are interested in scheduled over the next two weeks, so we should be going to a few. It seems like a good way to meet new people on a budget.

      Thank you! Your site has a very clean look to it. I love colors, but unfortunately in the blogging design world, simple seems to be better, so I’m going for that. Thanks for stopping by, too!

  9. anna May 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Glad to hear the DMV stuff has resolved! I still have to change the title from my maiden name to my married, but thankfully I don’t think they charge (I had to pay the $30+ for a new license, never mind I paid for one a few months before since it was about to expire – no fun). I’m glad that R is healthy, as well – sinus infections can blow, so glad to hear it wasn’t too serious!

    1. E.M. May 26, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      That is frustrating! They should have just offered you a free one, or at least charged a minimal processing fee :/. I know my parents never received a partial refund from my dad’s car – we register for 2 years in NY, and if only one year has passed, you should qualify. They just love to get their money.

  10. Kassandra May 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    We recently bought a car and I had my first US DMV experience…longest wait EVER! We got there before it opened and the line of people was so long. In all it took us almost two hours from start to finish to get the car registered and titled. I learned that as one who holds a Canadian drivers license I get to just trade it in for a NY one whenever I’m ready, no need to do another road or written test, just pass the vision test! I’m not looking forward to another line up to get that done though :(

    1. E.M. May 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Two hours sounds about right. When I turned 21 I had to wait just as long to simply update my license. That’s awesome you were able to trade your license in. I remember taking my driving test like it was yesterday, and it was so nerve-wracking. I have no desire to go through that again. That’s silly they couldn’t do the vision test while you were there, though. Some offices seem really inefficient!

  11. SarahN May 26, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    Sorry I haven’t been commenting in a while, promise it’s not you – work’s just been insane. I’m glad to hear you’re slowly clearing your to do list since moving, and getting things straightened out. I think it’s great you’re being proactive with making friends, it can be hard sometimes!

    1. E.M. May 26, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      You don’t have to apologize =). I’m sorry to hear work has been so crazy with the restructuring.

      Both of us are kind of shy, so we figured it was a good idea to get ourselves out there. It’s at least easier going into it as a team, versus going to something alone.

  12. Rebecca May 26, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    I’ve looked into doing a few meetup groups since they’re fairly common in my city. I did one a few months ago that was a German meetup group and it was a lot of fun and I met a lot of nice people. Keep us posted on how yours go!

    As for personal property tax, I got it done when I bought my new car last week. It wasn’t a huge headache luckily.

    1. E.M. May 26, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      I’m glad you had some success with it! It seems like an easy and mostly frugal way of getting to know people. The only downside is our city is really large, so it’s difficult to filter through everything to make sure it’s not a half hour away.

      That’s good! I heard from someone that their property tax was around $200 for their newer car, which seemed really high to me. Honestly I thought $35 was still pretty high for my car, as they only valued it at $3,300.

  13. Jen @Sprout Wealth May 26, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    No matter how intricately difficult the cobwebs of our daily lives seem to be, if one is just patient and determined enough, there really are ways to solve things. Truly, we have so much to be grateful for despite the hurdles we encounter right? Life is still good, no matter what.

    1. E.M. May 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Yes, well said Jen!

  14. Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans May 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Aw that’s so awesome that you’re parents came to visit! I’ve never tried meetup.com, but I’ve only heard great things! I think I should look into that this summer, since I’m starting to get a little bored around here :P

    1. E.M. May 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      We really can’t stand doing the same thing day in and day out. We love each other, but we need some interaction outside of the apartment! I figured it was a good way to explore the city as well. Some of the groups have surprised me – some take day trips or weekend trips around the state, which seems awesome.

  15. KK @ Student Debt Survivor May 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    The DMV is the worst. When I got my Massachusetts license it was a nightmare. I went back 3 times and every time they said I needed a new or different piece of ID. The 3rd time there I said a little prayer, wore a low-cut shirt and thankfully got a guy worker. I explained to him how frustrating the process was and he cut me a break. It’s not really my nature to be flirty with people to get things I want, but in this case I had to have the ID. If not, I’d probably be driving without a driver’s license (yup still have the MA ID, need to change that sooner than later).

    1. E.M. May 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Trips to the DMV do require desperate measures sometimes! If I was working I would have had to cut out of my job a decent amount. It’s a bit ridiculous. We were told we needed to switch everything over within 60 days of getting a permanent address here, otherwise I would have procrastinated as much as possible. Plus, I like my NY license, it’s pretty!


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