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Money Drain: My Tag Renewal was almost Double

Last year I received my yearly tag renewal through the state of Pennsylvania. I tossed the paper aside and completely forgot about it until I noticed my yearly inspection was due. While at the garage to have the inspection done, the mechanics went over everything and then asked for a copy of my car insurance and registration renewal. Low and behold my renewal was overdue by a month, so I had been driving on dead tags that whole time. They could not perform the inspection, so I had to immediately go to a tag renewal center rather than through the state, which cost me an extra $20 to get it processed immediately. If I had just processed the renewal through the state, I wouldn’t have had to deal with the extra fee or the panic of knowing if I had been pulled over by a cop I could be in for a lot more money.

Submitted by: Leroy

Lesson Learned:
It’s easy to forget when a bill is due if you don’t create a method for yourself to prevent it. Most money trackers allow you to set up reminders when bills are due, which would be ideal for this situation. But beyond that, it’s a better idea to take care of bills when they come in instead of waiting for when you feel like it. Set up your reminders now and then you don’t have to worry about it until the reminder comes up.

Amount Flushed Down the Money Drain: $30

About Crystal Groves, Google+

Crystal Groves is a farmer, web developer, musician, blogger, and personal finance enthusiast from the back hills of Maryland and Pennsylvania. She started Money Drain as a project to encourage people interested in fixing their financial situation to share their stories and learn from the stories of others. We all make mistakes, but in order to change we have to make changes.

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