I Hate Spam: A Rant

spamI awoke this morning to 100 new emails, which is pretty typical for a weekday.  Unfortunately, about half of them weren’t actually addressed to me.  Another handful made absolutely no sense.  I even got this one today:



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Cash Money: $5,459 March Income and Blog Updates

DSCF3126Good morning, peeps!  I’m super excited that March is over and it’s finally April!  I’m especially looking forward to a few things in particular this month.  First, we’re taking a week-long vacation to Florida in a few weeks, and it’s going to be a blast.  Second, my daughter turns five and I think we’re taking her out to swim with and see wild dolphins….but only if I can talk the Mr. into it.  Fingers crossed!   And third, it’s finally warming up outside.  I know I keep saying it, but this winter totally sucked! [Read more...]

Cash Money: $5,565 in February Income Plus Blog Updates

fuck winterFebruary was another great month for Club Thrifty LLC and for all of my endeavors, especially considering the fact that I took a week-long vacation to Jamaica and got trapped there for an additional two days.  Still, the rest went pretty smooth.  Even though I was MIA for part of the month, I still completed my regular staff posts at Get Rich Slowly and Frugal Travel Guy, as well as the posts for the lesser-known publications that I write for.  Overall, it was bitchin’.

More good news: Greg did our taxes last week and we are getting a refund of a little over $6,000.  For a few hours, we actually thought we were going to get almost $12,000 back (which would’ve been ridiculous).  However, Greg had us listed as some sort of partnership other than an LLC, and our tax software wasn’t taking out the other half of my self-employment tax.  Remember when I talked about that? [Read more...]

Should All Moms be Stay-at-Home Moms?

cleaverA couple of months ago, I wrote about why I’m not a stay-at-home mom.  And believe me, it wasn’t all that controversial.  I basically just outlined the reasons that I have chosen to work despite the fact that I have kids.  If you want to read that post, you can find it here:

The Daycare Dilemma: What I’m Not a Stay-at-Home Mom

Anyways, I recently got a comment on this post that was so ridiculous that I thought it deserved its own blog post.  Let’s begin, shall we?  This is what I woke up to on Saturday morning: [Read more...]

The Downside of Self-Employment

tax slaveAs many of you know, I quit my job early last year to pursue blogging and writing full-time.  And, for the most part, it’s been awesome.  After all, I am no longer a slave to the daily grind.  I don’t have to roll out of bed and put on full makeup and a monkey suit to make a living, and I hardly ever have to rush around.  I’m also able to get household chores done during the day, which has been a godsend for our family.  Another bonus: Since I quit working at around 4:00 p.m., I’m usually able to pull together a cheap and healthy homemade meal.  This not only saves us a ton of cash, but is much healthier for us as well. [Read more...]

Cash Money: $6,150 in January Income and Blog Updates

cash moneyFirst of all, I want you to know that Monday was quite possibly the worst day ever.  Well, not really.  It did suck though.  Here is the basic rundown of what happened:

  • Even though I should know better, I signed up for Comcast internet for our new house. (Why do I punish myself in this way???)  Our first bill is already wrong, like $16.00 too much wrong, and I spent at least 45 minutes talking to someone who still hasn’t fixed it.  Sigh.
  • I wrote an $1,150 check to someone from the new checking account I opened when we moved to our new, permanent home.  Well, apparently they thought that it was suspicious and flagged the check for fraud or something.  So it basically made it look like I had non-sufficient funds, even though I certainly did not.  Needless to say, I’m mortified and embarrassed.
  • Once I started writing this post, I realized that I did not post an income update for December.  I know that most of you don’t care, but I’m super mad at myself for letting it fall through the cracks.  ‘Doh!

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