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Week 7: 52-Week Saving Challenge

February 15th, 2014 at 09:32 am

Eh, not very frugal. We had coffee and Valentine special doughnuts out, ate lunch out, had custard out (the three of us), and spouse bought brandy for the steak con pepe. But I budgeted for all this. DH bought a Weird Tales paperback. Me, I had the opportunity of browsing for a Sparks CD which I didn't feel like buying, so I'm kinda giftless. But I had coffee served to me in bed, and I get enough love, affection and obedience throughout the year. My gastrointestinal tract acted up after lunch so I abandoned my plans to go downtown.

We had frugal fun Hearts Day story time! I cut up one sheet of paper into twelve rectangles, and the three of us each wrote four character names, fictional and nonfictional, one on each rectangle. The rectangles were then folded and put in a jar, which would be shaken. Two people would pull out one rectangle each, and the names on those rectangles would be in a Valentine story.

Pairings: Doctor Orpheus (from "Venture Bros.") &

Text is Lydia Pinkham and Link is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_Pinkham
Lydia Pinkham; Groucho Marx & Jim Nabors, and last match was
Text is Ron MacLean and Link is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_MacLean
Ron MacLean from Hockey Night in Canada's "Coach's Corner", and now currently CBC Sochi 2014 correspondent, with Tina Belcher (from "Bob's Burgers").

$13 deposited for Week 7, only because it is grocery savings.

Today I will brave doing my taxes, but not using Mozilla Firefox. It'll cost me $39.99 to eFile the return, which is what's kept me from using tax software, but this year I have fathomed:
1. If I save at least that much using tax software from my imagined burden, the software fulfills its use;
2. If I owe that much, a $39.99 extra ding isn't going to be too terribly worse, especially when I already have a software line item in my budget;
3. If I kept to pencil, paper and calculator, I'd never have learned about the
Text is TurboTax sweepstakes and Link is https://shop.turbotax.intuit.com/lp/yoy/triplemyrefundrules.jsp
TurboTax sweepstakes. I (and you) can still ENTER the sweepstakes through the mail with pencil, stamped envelope and a 3" x 5" index card.

Sochi Challenge: $38 so far. Which should be good for TJ Maxx or Ross or secondhand exercise wear.

For those who read/participated in the
Text is poll and Link is http://pauletteg.savingadvice.com/2014/02/11/todays-special_107233/
poll the answer is D, for Delusional, Dimwitted, Delicate, Dumb and DRAMA DIVA!

They are not yet filed because I want the Mister to come look. Thank goodness he is a docile, supportive, loving male.

5 Responses to “Week 7: 52-Week Saving Challenge”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    I'd think that in this day and age that doing taxes by pen and paper would be fairly penny-wise and pound-foolish. Don't get me wrong - I would love if more people were educated about the taxes they pay. & understanding enough to be able to do by hand is awesome. But, I also get a giant book every year of all tax changes for year, so you know... Big Grin (& of course, a very simple tax return can be free filed, anyway. & even those low income returns can be quite complex with credits and so on. It would be very easy to miss a significant tax break, with a very simple tax situation).

    I hope your $39.99 investment saved you money AND time. I would guess that the time savings is significant, too.

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    There's a lot of ego involved in my taxes. I have medals and certificates for academic mathematics achievement, and fond memories of rocking out to my fave band, nibbling on chips and drinking pop. Taxes haven't been fun the last few years, with schedules, referring to Tax Guide, forms.
    I may have forgotten how much withholding is done from my spouse's pay. I believe it did save me money, and time: 1hr20min as opposed to 4hr. I believe that using tax software for reporting long-term capital gains on tax is the smart way to go when we have no records of stock purchase.

  3. monkeymama Says:

    Glad for good results!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Liked your game; very clever!

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Glad you don't have to stress about owing money!

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