Happy Saturday everyone! Okay, so I know I say this every time, but the weather has been fabulous lately! I know, I know, sorry everyone drowning in snow!
Just think: in a few short months, you guys will all be enjoying the beautiful spring/summer weather, livin’ it up outside, and I will be inside, sweltering, dying of a combination of heat, sweat, and insanely high air conditioning bills.
Tonight, I get to do my taxes, and I have the sneaking suspicion that I’m going to owe everyone (feds and state) money this year. I did B’s taxes last weekend, which was fun, because he got some back (and owed a tiny bit), but I don’t think I’ll have as much fun this weekend with mine!
One of the cons of not getting a big refund check is (occasionally) swinging too far in the opposite direction: I have the minimum taken out of my paycheck right now, and (depending on how this tax season goes), I may have to adjust it upwards. It’s never good to receive a really large refund check, but it’s also a kick in the butt when you end up owing too!
Enough taxes – let’s reflect on this awesome week!
The Week in Sunburnt Saver
This week, I covered one of my favorite topics: hosting a successful and affordable surprise party! If you missed it, I talked about throwing surprise parties for friends all the time in college. As you know, college kids aren’t exactly flush with money, so we had to get creative to afford everything we wanted (namely, alcohol, because… college). Nowadays, we might have a little more disposable income, but we still don’t want to spend an insane amount for a party! Check it out if you need some more ideas to keep your party on budget.
I also asked the question: is having a personal trainer worth it? In the comments, Tonya brought up a good point about only paying for a personal trainer if you have the ability – don’t do it if it would put you in debt! I also shared some ideas for how to get a frugal workout in – check it out if you’ve been considering increasing your gym time (or making it a priority in the first place!)
Over on Your PF Pro, I covered 6 essential steps to successfully purchasing a car. Once again, the commenters are super helpful providing additional perspective and suggestions for buying a new (to you) car, so go check out that post if you’re interested in one day buying a car!
Best of the Web
Lots of good stuff around this week!
1) Have you ever heard of people buying websites and turning them into little money machines? Whether your answer is yes or no, go check out Will’s post on buying a website from A to Z. It seems a bit complicated to me, but definitely worth checking out if you’ve ever thought about buying an already created website and turning it into a little profit machine!
2) Tonya is killing it in her recent post about buying experiences and not things. Luckily, I had parents that encouraged me (and supported me) early to go out in the world and experience it, but if I could go back, I’d also tell myself to stop being so shy and, like Nike says, just do it! Check out Tonya’s post for encouragement (and some awesome pictures of her travels!)
3) Sarah from the Frugal Millionaire asks a really thought-provoking (and scary) question: are they nuts for wanting to travel around the country in an RV with two young children? Personally, my parents took me everywhere (camping, in an RV and just in a car) when I was a kid, and I had a blast. But for parents of toddlers, what do you think?
4) Liz from Friday Night Shenanigans has some exciting news: she paid off her credit card debt!! Heyyyy! Now that’s something to celebrate, so visit her post and celebrate with her!
5) I covered 3 side hustles you can start this year, but one niche I neglected to mention was getting started in the personal finance freelance writing business. Check out Sarah’s post over at Young Adult Money if you’re curious how you can get started writing in the personal finance freelance writing niche!
That’s it for today – I’ve put off taxes long enough! Wish me luck!