My W-2 arrived with my paycheck today and I was reminded that once again, it is tax time. I’ll probably run the numbers through TurboTax in a couple weeks, see what the damage is, and then wait until the last possible minute to pay my taxes for 2008. Fortunately, I made a little extra money this year. Unfortunately, I think I’m going to owe quite a bit for it (even a little more than I estimated).
Buy American. I like Steve’s take here, and share his sentiments on the loss of American manufacturing capacity. Unless you happen to live in one of the few remaining industrial cores in the country, I suspect your town looks a little like mine. A drive from one end of the main road to the other yields not a single business that manufactures anything. I hope that changes one day.
How To Work Full Time While You’re In College. Lots of people are down on the idea of working through college, but I managed to do it with a family and appreciated my grades much more!
15 Uses for Coffee Filters. Some great ideas here! We bought a pack of filters a while back, but aren’t big coffee drinkers. Now we can put the remaining filters to use.
Slow Economy Has More People Learning How To Cook. One of the things we’ve been doing more often is finding crock-pot recipes. It is easy to toss the ingredients into a crock-pot in the morning and have a meal waiting in the afternoon.
How I Look at Economic News: Beyond the Talking Heads. Whether or not the recession is as bad as it is made out to be in the media probably depends on where you live. Still, I can’t help but think much of this negative news drum was beaten in the name of a creating an “October surprise.” Unfortunately, members of both parties bought into it, and their knee-jerk reaction of doling out billions in bailouts has only worsened our financial position.
2008 Federal Tax Brackets Explained. The author asks, “Why does it have to be so complex?” It’s a good question, and one I don’t know the answer to. I wish we could completely overhaul the tax system in this country, moving to a Fair Tax or similar based on taxing consumption rather than income.
How Long Do We Really Need to Keep Those Papers? While we are on the subject of taxes and financial organization, this article provides some guidelines on how long to retain paperwork.
Save Money on Airfare. Traveling soon? If so, Lazy has some great tips for saving on airfare.