So after weeks of austerity measures, we finally got our "real" taxes back (as opposed to my preliminary estimate).
Remember that Monopoly card that said "bank error in your favor, collect $xxx"?
Essentially, that's what we got!
Instead of writing a check for our usual insane amount PLUS $10k, we only have to write a check for our usual insane amount. Which we were 100% prepared to do (we've owed about the same amount beyond withholding for about the last five years, maybe longer).
I looked over our return to try to see where I went wrong. I was pretty much dead on through the entire calculation of income and our schedule A and deductions, but it looks like I made a significant error somehow in calculating our tax. No idea how that happened, but that was the only line that seems to be significantly wrong on my draft compared to our pro.
Oops! I guess if I had to make a mistake, better to be implementing austerity measures and living lean for a month rather than going along as usual and then finding out two weeks before the money is due that we have to pay way more than we expected.
Either way, sweet, sweet relief.
I'm making a list in my head (well, no, it started in my head, now it's going into writing on the blog) of things I'd spend a "free" $10k on:
Travel! Trips to see my brother, trips to San Fran, trips overseas, trips home.
Crown molding. Our neighbors renovated a unit in our condo complex and I saw the finished product mid-Feb and I've been coveting crown molding ever since.
A bike. Right now I'm only running to work one day a week. If I had a bike, I'd definitely ride one day a week, and maybe I'd even use it on the weekends.
Lasik. My eyes I think are almost done with the "age 40" change (as in, I probably need to get readers soon). I've worn contacts at least 20 years, and I think I'd like to stop. Not sure if they can fix my original issue (can't see far away) as well as my new issue (starting to not be able to see super up close).
Mattress. We got a mattress for our guest bedroom about a year ago, but we're still sleeping on a mattress older than our marriage (8 in a week!). I think it's probably time for a new one, since I can't even remember when I got the mattress we have. Anyone tried Casper? I've heard a few people mention it. Anyway, anytime I have a restless night lately, I blame it on the mattress. But the "if it's over 8, it's time to replace" is probably just "big mattress" trying to keep us hooked...
Fridge. Our fridge is fine, but it has lately started to kind of "hum" louder than before. We should proactively replace so we have ample time to shop and we don't end up with a melted ice cream tragedy.
But umm, actually, there's no "free" $10k and I have zero bonus money to spend. Instead of having to take it out of savings, we'll just leave it there. And the whole point of savings is to save it for when we need it, not to spend it on fun things like we would free money.
Oh well, it was fun to dream!