Taking Care of Business

Earlier in the week I went to the bank and handled some bizness.

Since I own my house here in Aruba but don’t live here full time, I have all my bills set up on auto-draft through a local account.  I had to go into the bank to update some paperwork.  It took forever for a super simple, easy little thing, but I remind myself it’s Aruba and things move a little slower.  A lot slower, actually.

That was fine because it wasn’t exactly sunny and “perfect” beach weather.  It’s what I’d called Squinty Weather.

Just ask Skylar.

With all the humidity here, runs are hot and very sweaty which is the opposite of San Diego which is so dry.

And after a sweaty run, I came inside and did some at-home yoga moves.  My muscles were already super loose and warm and as a rule, when I am in Aruba, I can get into some of the best and deepest, most intense yoga poses here that are much harder at home or in cooler, or drier, climates.

After my workout, I snacked on some fruit

Frozen grapes are the best when it’s hot out!

And ate some well chilled Raisin Bread Pudding Chunks


Thanks for chiming in with your Quiz Answers from my last post.  Those are always so fun to read.  Especially the #18’s!


1. Do you have your bills set up on automatic payments or auto-draft?

I do!  I never used to and actually resisted it for years because I wanted to be able to be able to pay my bills exactly when I wanted to, but now with most companies, it’s so easy to choose the day of the month that they actually debit your checking account or charge your credit card, I figure, why not.

One less thing to think about, or even forget about, and one less envelope to mail and stamp to buy.

Unfortunately it’s not quite as sophisticated in Aruba and there is actually a human being, a lady at the bank, who literally processes each and every bill and pushes each and every piece of paper and sometimes they need clarifications on how things are to be paid, or when, and the concept of every other month billing, i.e. 6 times per year, they can’t process that.  It’s monthly or no dice.

2. Do you ever pay your bills in person?

I don’t and the closest I ever got to this was when I lived in Myrtle Beach.  Lots of my friends, and people in general, seemed to go to the actual business in person, such as electric company or cable company, to pay their bills.  I never understood it and it seemed like a waste of time, but hey, different strokes for different folks.

In Aruba, I am sort of “forced” to go to various companies in person which is a drag. 

I’d rather be on the beach!

Banks and most companies here such as the phone or electric company require a signature on everything. Things in the U.S. that we could handle over the phone with a customer service rep are not like that in Aruba.  You have to go in and sign for everything.  In person.

3. Weekend plans?

I don’t have any weekend plans, but I am going to a blogger meetup later in the day today!  I’ll be sure to post pictures and all the details.

P.S.  Thanks for the entries for the $50 GiveawayKeep them coming and a winner will be announced on Friday.


68 Responses to “Taking Care of Business”

  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — May 19, 2011 at 12:21 am (#

    Whoa– how did I miss those bread pudding chunks?!? Those look AWESOME!!

  2. Lenna — May 19, 2011 at 1:58 am (#

    Enjoy the blogger meet-up! Those pudding chunks look awesome, I bet they taste awesome as well :) I´d like to say that your daughter is the most precious girl I have seen! And she really has your smile :)

  3. cathy — May 19, 2011 at 3:27 am (#

    totally get you on the “squinty day” weather! i hate sunglasses, refuse to wear them so am used to having slits for eyes in aruba!
    and yes, we call it “aruba time.” speediness is not high on the priority list. tough transition when you’re used to effieciency and go-go-go in the states/canada!
    i do as much as possible with automatic withdrawal, and have never paid a bill in person in my life!
    enjoy the meet-up! can’t wait to see where you meet, who’s there, how the weather is!

  4. Lauren — May 19, 2011 at 4:01 am (#

    Have a great time at the meet-up! :) And I agree, frozen grapes make the perfect summertime snack. :)

  5. Estela @ Weekly Bite — May 19, 2011 at 4:02 am (#

    That’s so awesome that you own your home in Aruba! I think I missed those bread pudding chunks too. They look amazing :)

  6. Ragnhild — May 19, 2011 at 4:31 am (#

    I need to try frozen grapes, it actually sounds pretty good!
    My plans for the weekend is working at the gym, getting a few runs in, and going out both friday and saturday! I never ever go out two nights in a row, Im too lazy for that :P But Im free on sunday AND Monday, so I thought I should use the opportunity:)
    Happy weekend to you :D

  7. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — May 19, 2011 at 4:33 am (#

    Bills like our loans for the house/car payments/retirement funds are always taken out automatically. However, everything else, the Husband mails in. I used to be an online bill kind of girl, but since he takes care of everything financially related, I let him do it his way!

  8. Coco — May 19, 2011 at 4:37 am (#

    It’s so great to have a beach house in such an amazing place! :)
    I hate paying bills,both online and in person. I need a personal assistant for that matter ;)

  9. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — May 19, 2011 at 4:47 am (#

    I’ve seen a couple of people pay their bills in person… but I’ve never done it. In fact, I haven’t been inside a bank in AT LEAST 5 years. I’m an email/online girl. I haven’t dealt with cash or anything in ages!
    Weekend plans: it’s supposed to rain all weekend so I was thinking of starting to design the front yard – think of what trees/flowers we want, that sort of thing. Glad you’re having a fun time!

  10. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — May 19, 2011 at 5:03 am (#

    Great idea on the frozen bread pudding. I love frozen grapes too when it’s super hot out. I pay bills on line. I set it up monthly thought, I don’t like things just going out of my account without me having some control over it.

  11. Heather (Where's the Beach) — May 19, 2011 at 5:18 am (#

    Oh yes, almost everything is set up on auto pay for us. Makes life so much easier – especially if you’re traveling. I have a card to one of my fave clothing stores. I get point towards certificates so I pay with card then pay the bill right then and there. That’s about the only bill I ever pay in person though.

  12. Sue @ Sue In Training — May 19, 2011 at 5:27 am (#

    I have lots of payments on auto-draft. Like you said, one thing less to care about.
    There’s only one thing I pay in person. I rented an extra parking slot from a neighbor, and we just give her the cash every month.
    On Saturday, I’m invited to a friend’s wedding. It’s a huge one! She has been making us crazy for months with all the planning and preparations.

  13. Holly @ The Runny Egg — May 19, 2011 at 5:48 am (#

    I think all of our bills are set up on auto pay — and then we make extra car payments once per month which we have to do in person (it is through a small local credit union and they don’t have any other option!) When people tell me they have to sit down and pay bills I just don’t understand it — we’ve been using auto pay for so long!

    We’ve got a rehearsal dinner on Friday, wedding on Saturday and a gift opening party on Sunday — it seriously amazes me that I am more stressed out about Jason’s uncle’s wedding than I am about my own. That is the difference between a low key event and a huge extravaganza.

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 19, 2011 at 8:18 am (#

      I KNEW you’d have your bills all set up AND good for you for making extra payment(s). As you know it shaves YEARS off loans when you do that…dave R., suze O, etc would all agree :)

  14. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — May 19, 2011 at 6:15 am (#

    We do about half of our bills on autopay. We never pay in person. Wow–is it almost the weekend already? No plans yet….thanks for getting me thinking. :-)

  15. Leslie — May 19, 2011 at 6:23 am (#

    I still do the old fashioned snail mail to pay my bills. No auto draft here. I think it may be a trust issue, but I don’t like the fact that companies have total access to my account. It’s probably NOT like that, but in my mind it is… ;)

    Enjoy the meetup!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 19, 2011 at 8:18 am (#

      i used to be that way until a few yrs ago and finally said ‘whatever’ and just caved. and it’s been great actually :)

  16. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers — May 19, 2011 at 7:13 am (#

    A blogger meetup sounds fun. I should find one of those near me.

  17. Megan@eatmybeets — May 19, 2011 at 7:21 am (#

    Ah! Skylar is just the cutest! I have do all of my bills through bill pay. So much easier!

  18. Naomi — May 19, 2011 at 7:33 am (#

    oh i love your pics and stillll sitting here jealous that your on white sandy beaches and I am looking at RAIN RAIN AND MORE RAIN!

    i just sent you an email about raw fooood goodness :) you are seriously the biggest help with everything! I think you need to plan a trip to boston!!

  19. Get Rid Of Stomach Rolls — May 19, 2011 at 7:46 am (#

    Looks beautiful there in Aruba!! I have my bills set for automatic payment and other ones I pay through the internet. I never go in person anymore. Haven’t done that for years now.

  20. Amber K — May 19, 2011 at 8:01 am (#

    I like seeing my bills in advance before I pay them, so I haven’t set up any automatic payments. I want to be able to hold onto a bill for awhile before I pick a good day to mail it in.

    I think it would sooo frustrating having to pay bills in person! No big weekend plans, I’m hoping to get a chance to relax since I’m still recovering from last weekend. :)

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 19, 2011 at 8:19 am (#

      and your last comment to me about a thin piece of TP trying to “protect” one from disease on the seat…totally lol’ing and so true..ha!

  21. kate — May 19, 2011 at 8:02 am (#

    awww skylar looks adorable, she is getting so big and grown up!! and those bread pudding chunks look amazing nothing better than cold snacks on a hot day!

  22. Cindy — May 19, 2011 at 8:11 am (#

    honestly, since I am at the desk all day and my husband is at home, I made the bills HIS JOB.

    he does use bill pay a lot and cringes when he has to deal with checks.

    I never liked bill pay….like you I wanted CONTROL.

    I think I’ll stay at my desk job…I hate paying bills. It makes me grumpy.

    I miss you yoga pics Averie…you should do some more! They are always really inspiring!

    Enjoy your Aruba blogger meet up (you are on vaca and still find bloggers to meet up with??? that is AMAZING) good for you!


    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 19, 2011 at 8:20 am (#

      yoga pics..have blogged about that before..they took so much TIME! time that i just dont have anymore but hey, they were good while they lasted, right :)

      and thanks for the comments lately…makes it easier when the comment field is more friendly, huh :)

  23. Cindy — May 19, 2011 at 8:12 am (#


    your comment area is SO NICE TO ME NOW


  24. Crystal — May 19, 2011 at 8:26 am (#

    All of my bills are either emailed or snail mailed to me. I use online banking and it is SO easy to pay my bills. When I get the amount in the mail, I go online and type in the amount I want to transfer, pick the account it comes from and where it is going (I have each bill company set up so its just a matter of choosing from a drop down box) and pressing “submit.” I do it this way because if there is a problem with my bill I can catch it immediately and figure it out before I pay it. Plus I am a student so I need to be very careful about my bills! I don’t think I have ever paid any bills in person. The closest I have come is going downstairs of my apartment building to hand my landlord a cheque.

    I’m looking forward to Saturday because I am going out to eat at our favourite Chinese restaurant. This restaurant is actually somewhat healthy and they have the best won ton soup. It’s loaded with veggies and the won tons are literally hiding beneath all the veggie goodness. Plus there is bubbletea, so can’t complain about that!

  25. may — May 19, 2011 at 8:42 am (#

    Oh dear god…i just made your banana blueberry oat cakes with some prepackaged breakfast granola mix (almonds, dried raspberies and crisp rice) and I am in heaven. The mixture of cinnamon and blueberries makes it sooo good!! You’re awesome!

  26. Jenny — May 19, 2011 at 8:51 am (#

    Hi Averie,

    Thanks for your help the other day. :) I got everything started and am hoping to make some new friends shortly.

    BTW your daughter is beautiful-and am entirely 100% jealous that you live in Aruba. (I’ll have to make an excuse to vacation out there sometime soon. )

  27. Katie — May 19, 2011 at 8:59 am (#

    I don’t do any financial stuff in person – its all automatic for everything.

    Is the weekend coming up? Man, I can’t even remember what day it is!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 19, 2011 at 9:02 am (#

      got all your emails and they are a project for later today when the sun is down and i have more ‘puter time :)

  28. Christin@purplebirdblog — May 19, 2011 at 9:07 am (#

    Hahhahaha I’m totally giggling at the squinty pictures!! I love that there is a lady who does all the bills by hand at the bank… such a novelty compared to our technology here, right?! :)

  29. rawkinmom — May 19, 2011 at 9:32 am (#

    wow, what a cool thing to own a house in Aruba!!! Every time you want a vacation you have somewhere to go!!!

  30. Noya - gluttonandstudent — May 19, 2011 at 10:19 am (#

    Aruba looks beautiful! at least you get to take care of business knowing white-sand beaches are within walking distance. haha and that you have delicious looking bread pudding to come home to.
    hope you’re enjoying your vacation!

  31. I haven’t set up many bills on autodraft, but I do pay most things online through my online banking. I never pay anything in person!!!
    Not much weekend plans as of yet and I am thankful for that since last weekend was busy!!!

  32. kristina@beancakes — May 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm (#

    i’m old-fashioned in the sense that i like to pay my bills in person or through the regular mail. it makes me feel like i have a sense of control over my finances! the humidity does you and skylar great! my skin always looks good in that type of weather.

  33. Christine (The Raw Project) — May 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm (#

    Cute squinty pics, too funny. Ah, I remember hot and humid beach runs in Florida.

    1. Some, not all. I’m nervous about setting up all our bills that way, but would love the simplicity too.
    2. Nope, online on mail.
    3. Relaxing and getting furniture out of our office, so happy that it’s already sold! But poor hubby coming home for the weekend after business travel only to move furniture. :-P

  34. Lo — May 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm (#

    Hi Averie!
    It seems like you been re-introducing gluten back into your diet, is it going well for you? I deal with IBS as well and have been GFree for 1.5 years, but I have been thinking about re-introducing some gluten back into my diet. Just wondering if it’s been successful for you!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm (#

      yes i have, in small amts…actually have a semi pre written post about this, touching on it, coming up…but yes, in small amts seems i am fine. after 5 yrs appear to have healed my gut and can tolerate small amts without issue. yay!

  35. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — May 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm (#

    All our bills are withdrawn automatically … I hate running errands!

  36. Beth — May 20, 2011 at 11:12 am (#

    Sounds like things run on Island Tim in Aruba.

    We have a couple of bills set up to automatically go on the credit card, but no one gets access to our bank account. No way! The rest we just pay with online banking.

    My MIL is in town until Saturday morning. So we are spending time with her before heading back out to the paintball field for the daylight hours of the weekend.

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