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Survey and other stuff update

April 8th, 2015 at 05:12 pm

I realized that I haven't posted here since the end of the year. Where has the time gone?

So to update....

2015 is off to a solid start with my medical surveys.
January: $936
February: $764
March: $1,434

April promises to be a good month as I'm already at $610 as of today and it's only the 8th. So I should definitely break $1,000 again.

In other news, we've had an expensive few months. We replaced our refrigerator in January. A few days later, our heater died. That (the heater) cost us $4,000 plus a couple of nights in a hotel. The fridge was about $1,200 I think. Replacing the heater also led to replacing the AC, which we just did the other day, for another $3,000.

In the good news department, I was dreading filing our 2014 taxes because a couple of our taxable mutual funds paid out large capital gains distributions (like $20,000 worth). So I was expecting a 4-5K tax bill. As it turned out, thanks to some other stuff, like the college tax credit, we actually ended up breaking even, getting a small ($95) refund. That was a big relief.

I've been making more use of some online savings, specifically promo codes at sites like retailmenot.com and discounted gift cards at sites like cardpool.com and giftcards.com. We saved almost $100 on the fridge, $30 on a trip to the local aquarium, and $66 on a new suitcase for DD recently.

So that kind of sums up the recent stuff.