I’m trying to figure out what order to do everything in.

Mr. Brickie (who couldn’t work today because of the temperature) went in to the school and got the transfer forms. I received a call from a very nice lady making sure I knew we could leave them in their current school for the rest of the year but I had to tell her as much as I’d like to do that, driving 30-ish minutes to and from the school twice a day was out of the budget in terms of gas. She was very understanding and kind.

We need to get our assistance switched over to Indiana so the kids can get fee waivers for public school as well as get signed up for the free lunch program. There is a preschool there that we might qualify for a scholarship for as well so poor Little Sister could stop dying with jealousy every day and get into a school for the second half of the year! My fingers are crossed.

So first he’s talking to public aid.

Then he’s going to talk to the school district now and find out about how the transfer will work.

A driver’s license would be a first choice except they do this SecureID thing and mail your driver’s license to you within 10 days of applying. My kids need to be in the new school in ten days, not waiting on the mail carrier. I have nothing against the more secure procedure, I’m just trying to figure out how to get everything done when I know there’s going to be a period of time where I might not have proof of anything. That is a scary thought.

After those stops it’s off to the Indiana Farm Bureau and State Farm for quotes on renters insurance (as well as a renters/auto combo, of course) and we will see what the best option is for insurance. I changed our online policy to reflect the new address and the six month price dropped by about a hundred dollars (yay!) but the policy starts over with a new address so in December I have to pay $187 to pay the policy through May. It’s a good deal to pay that much for an extra three months of insurance for sure, but every time I see another bill added to the pile I cringe. I’m being really careful with the moving fund money. I guard it. It’s the safety net to get us to the tax return.

If Mr. Brickie isn’t working by the time we have all this stuff taken care of (hopefully he is) he’s going to start making calls for painting jobs or get a seasonal job somewhere. We aren’t going to just hang out and lament the poor weather. He is going to get out there and hustle. That’s just who he is and I love him for it.

Oh, Comcast has already been scheduled to show up next Saturday for the Internet. (Only the Internet.)

I can’t change the bank account yet because I’m not sure how that works with the employer address on the check matching the bank and those records matching the union records. Direct Deposit is the jam, for sure, but I don’t want to mess everything up by changing the address prematurely or changing the wrong address first. We’re going to try and change them on the same day and see how that works out. I don’t know if it’s even possible but I’m going to give it a shot.

I have a list that’s a whole page long with two columns of everything I have to change the address on and I’m sure I’m missing a bunch more things. I’ve been paying attention to the mail but I’m just sure I’m missing something important. That’s what the post office change of address form is for, I guess, but even ten years later I still get stuff here that’s from the previous owners of the house so I know that’s not 100% accurate.

It still feels surreal that we thought we were going to move between Thanksgiving and Christmas and now the kids are going to be in a new school next Monday if we can manage all the proving and the form-filling-outing and everything else.

What a whirlwind.

As for stuff, we have moved a bench, the board games, and all the pictures to the new place. It’s a start.

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6 Comments on The Moving Order of Operations {Part 1}

  1. YAY! I am so, so happy for you (and I love the bedroom color too). In case it helps, you will get a temporary license printed out right there at the SOS office, to use while you wait for your license in the mail. We were able to use the temporary license to get our auto insurance, etc. and obviously if we had gotten pulled over while driving it would have been fine.

    We are paying $128 a MONTH for our combined car insurance (one car, a 2004 Hyundai) and our renter’s insurance (which covers $50,000 worth of stuff) with State Farm. MI is a no-fault state, and our car insurance covers all the medical expenses incurred in an accident … and our car insurance rates reflect that. 😛

    We left the IL bank account open until we confirmed that our direct deposits were going into the MI account. Then we closed the IL one.

    We have Comcast for internet only too — so far, so good!

    I went online and changed addresses for credit cards, cell phone, medical insurance, our I-Pass account (I actually almost forgot to update that with our new address and new license plate number – yikes!), anything that got automatically billed (we use a VoIP phone plan and almost forgot about that one).

    If I think of anything else, I’ll let you know! 🙂 This is the fun stuff now, woo hoo!!

    • I used to work in insurance and when we did moving quotes for people moving to MI they would get sticker shock like crazy. No fault states are painful at first because the rates are so high compared to at fault states. Thank you for the list. I totally forgot to put the iPass on the list and that’s a really important one!

    • Ack! I wasn’t clear! I am so sorry about that. We got the second apartment we looked at. We never got a call back from the first place so that landlords wife must actually have turned down or ignored as many applicants as the guy said she did. We are really happy though because this apartment is only 25$ more a month and has a basement for the washer and dryer a well as bigger bedrooms. Thank you for saying something. I’ll update that in the next post for clarity. We signed the lease on Saturday!

      • Congratulations, I know what it’s like to fall in love with a place and then actually get it! And a big relief for you.

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