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Martacus
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Last visited: Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:04 pm
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Most active topic: The late-night personal finance plan
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 Forum: Personal Development   Topic: Solar/wind energy on the cheap?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 2:26 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 10508


Thanks for posting the guidelines. I'm thinking that maybe for this year it would be best to simply replace the windows and the front door, and add insulation. I see no point in trying to do as much as possible all at once, as we only paid about $1000 in taxes last year and that's not likely to go u...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: How does your emergency fund look?

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:23 pm 

Replies: 45
Views: 11683


Not so good over here--only about 2 months' worth of emergency savings. We've been breaking even month-to-month. And my wife is having an MRI done tomorrow, due to ongoing back problems. Looks like it'll be down to 1 1/2 months before long. :(

 Forum: Personal Development   Topic: Waking Up Earlier - Strategies?

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:15 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 23692


I work a 4-midnight shift, and have to get up at 8:00 to take my wife to work, so I know it can be tough. My advice is to simply try to get up early and get busy doing stuff right away. Get dressed, eat breakfast, read the morning paper, do the crossword, work out, any small chores you may need to d...

 Forum: Tips, Tricks, Links, Pointers   Topic: Woohoo! Maximizing cost savings using company perks!

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:08 pm 

Replies: 3
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My wife works in a "clothing co-op" for the seminary we work at--taking donated clothing and household items for seminary students, staff, and faculty members. Everything is free, so long as people volunteer to help out there for a couple of hours a month. Being an employee, my wife and I ...

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: The late-night personal finance plan

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:59 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 7854


Update: Taxes were sent in on time, and my initial calculations were off a bit--we're looking at getting around $8,100 back, not $8,500. Yes, I filed on time. I should have opted for direct deposit, but I was in a rush and it's too late now. The sparrow-holes have been taken care of, and I'm doing s...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Fort Wayne gets Taken out to the Ball Game

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:42 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 2024


Last year, our beloved city council approved a "downtown revitalization" plan--using eminent domain to take over a portion of our downtown to build a ball park for our A-class minor league team (which already had a perfectly functioning park outside of downtown), a hotel (there is already ...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: What do you spend on food?

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:07 pm 

Replies: 37
Views: 8173


Frugal Bachelor: I don't understand how it's possible to eat healthy for such a small amount. Take February, for example (because it had exactly 4 weeks). You say you spent $85.80 total, that's only $21.45/week on groceries. How does a person get the necessary servings of meat and vegetables if you...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: What do YOU pay in federal taxes?

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:48 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 6422


Married filing jointly, no kids, AGI of just under $27,000. We owed something on the order of $950 in taxes, so that would be about 3.5%, if I calculated that right.

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: The late-night personal finance plan

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:43 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 7854


Thanks for the suggestion. Funny that it can be cheaper to have a pro do something than to do it oneself. But if it saves money and effort, well, I won't complain. 8)

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: What is your hobby?

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:29 pm 

Replies: 50
Views: 16306


Martacus, have you looked into emulators to fuel your vintage gaming hobby? I've got a friend who made a pretty sweet MAME cabinet and I've always wanted to do the same type of thing. Maybe you could get Bronk to help you out with the woodworking and do something really fancy -- New Yankee Workshop...

 Forum: Personal Development   Topic: Solar/wind energy on the cheap?

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:17 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 10508


Another factor to consider in "going green" is how much impact you'll have by switching to solar or another renewable energy source. I've long dreamed of running my office on solar power (I work as an environmental writer and editor, so it's a natural for me and a selling point for my ser...

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: The late-night personal finance plan

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:04 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 7854


I haven't read anything about that tax credit because I already have a house and don't qualify, obviously, but isn't it a deduction on one line of your Schedule A tax form, and you don't actually GET the 7500 dollars? It seems like people are planning to use the credit as if it's a 7500 dollar chec...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Taxes, Taxes, Taxes...

 Post subject: Taxes, Taxes, Taxes...
Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:49 pm 

Replies: 1
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It was inevitable, of course. Taxes are coming due. As this is the first year my wife and I are out on our own, it is also the first time we've really had to do our taxes ourselves. Never having had much in the way of personal finance training, let alone any experience doing my taxes, I was dreading...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: What is your hobby?

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:45 pm 

Replies: 50
Views: 16306


Video games are my hobby. Old ones. This can get to be expensive at times, for older high-demand cartridges (Dragon Warrior 2 or 3 run about $30 each; DW 4 I would guess would cost $50 or more if I could find it), but often much cheaper than having bought those same games when they were new. Given t...
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