Taxes. We owe ~$3000. We both claimed 0 exemptions, but I guess we should be a little more sophisticated in our calculations and use one of those online calculators. When we were single, claiming 0 always was good enough to get a refund! And despite what is truly best financially, I would prefer to give the gov’t the money as we go and get a little refund.
T had some income from some occasional advising he did throughout the year that he hadn’t paid any taxes on. It was all paid in the 4th quarter, and we didn’t have a penalty – but it contributed 2/3 of the tax bill.
We also have to front California about $2500 and while we wait for a similar amount as a refund from another state. While T spent almost no time in the other state, it was technically his employer, so all his taxes were withheld there. Multi-state income is kind of a pain, but we’re basically experts at that by now.
We did try some software (HR Block and TurboTax) to double check our manual calculations, but we ended up not using them to file. Since we have to file in 2 different states and file a couple extra forms, it was well over $100 for the luxury of e-filing. No thanks.
(actual tax form from our living room floor)
I got some socks to try to alleviate the blister I keep getting on my right 2nd toe. It turns out that there is a NAME for having a longer 2nd toe (Morton’s toe) and some people consider it to be a deformity! I didn’t even know it was abnormal!
We started a cleaning service! It is only once per a month, so we are still doing a lot on our own (in theory…), but I’m so grateful!
I made this! Here is the tutorial I used, it is apparently Anthro inspired. Also a pair of earrings! I’m slowly trying to get into jewelry making as a hobby. I tend to be somewhat of a dabbler / scanner, so I’m refraining from buying any fun tools, like a torch. Not that i need a torch, but it seems fun. (Also, clearance sweater from Gap for $8. I thought it was $12, but it was even MORE on sale!)
Just researching… I’m old school and like books for this sort of thing. Also featured in the background, a new couch. Remember how our old one didn’t fit up the stairs? The new one is pretty awesome.
Just a few of the many things that have been eating our money lately!