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ArtLung posts tagged with “money” ·

  • The IRS Slog: All But Over
    In 2009 Leah and I came to terms with an ugly truth: we owed the IRS and California a combined $27k for tax year 2008, and did not have the money. We knuckled down, and got on a payment plan. Meanwhile, we noticed that we’d failed to file in 2004 and 2005. Combining those we…
  • Quote of the Day: Jason Zweig
    What A Bear Market Might Teach Us is well worth reading. So I know what it means to scrimp and save, to do more with less, even to do without. The most important lesson that I learned, I believe, is that money is not wealth. Benjamin Graham once wrote that the secret to happiness is…
  • The Pain of Paying; Decline of Credit
    Worth a read, via Paul Kedrosky: The Death of the Credit Card Economy: This shock to the system may further damage the already-fragile psychology of the consumer. Writing a check or deducting the price of a pair of shoes directly from your bank account packs a much more potent emotional punch than charging the pair…
  • On The Money Front
    A few observations: Payments to the IRS seem to be processed very fast. Like faster than any other payment we make. Our stimulus payment from the IRS was credited to our outstanding balance too (nice!) and they sent us a nice letter to that effect. Budgets are not as bad as the ten-years-ago me would…

  • On My Mind Now
    If I were to try to try and describe the contents of my brain, I think the simile I’d use would be that it’s like the tornado in The Wizard of Oz, with a swirling mass of items rotating around in it — a messy mass. But that tornado does move the plot along rather…
  • Oh, the incredible miscellany of it all; Who I’m reading these days
    Yesterday I saw the new Indiana Jones movie with Jukebox JT and his wife, and the seeing and the talking after was fun, but the movie is not, uh, good. But I don’t want to talk about that. I’ve got a backlog of stuff to mention. Ready? Go! I used to work with Electromute, I…

  • $3.999 per Gallon
    I might have paid four bucks per gallon before, but last night was the first time I recognized it as such. This was in Calabasas on my way home. Still mildly sick. I was thinking of going swimming this morning, but I still have some phlegm. I thought about swimming last night but it’s still…
  • Tax Day Was Yesterday And Today I Am Not Dead
    My day started yesterday with my aunt calling me at 7:30am and calling me a “goober.” And it’s true, Leah and I, especially me, were not prepared for what we knew was coming in the way we needed to be. We had done some good work, but our move kept getting prioritized above doing the…
  • Debt: Ultimate Dream Killer
    From What Are You Destined to Be ? – Blog Maverick, Mark Cuban writes: I’m also a big believer that financial debt is the ultimate dream killer. Your first house, car, whatever stuff you might want to buy are going to be the primary reasons you stop looking for what makes you the happiest. Shades…
  • Credit Cards: Pro, Con
    Interesting “debate” — caught one of these links on Reddit: Con: Ways Credit Card Companies Separate You From YOUR Money Pro: 25 Reasons to Love Credit Cards My household is definitely of the “con” variety, with Leah and I working on getting completely out of debt. I’m also an avid Dave Ramsey listener, which further…
  • Pleasantness Overall, And Why
    I’m pleased with how things are arranged right now. Usually being content means I am blogging much more. So much wonderful stuff to say! I’ve been pleasantly busy. This pleasantness has manifested itself in steady work, side projects finishing finally, and things at my dayjob going relatively well. Herein I will try and communicate some…
  • More Civic Duty: Your Bank Account, Your Liberties
    Read this: Your bank account, your liberties We realize that the Fourth Amendment — and the rest of the Bill of Rights — exist for a reason, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. With H.R. 2417, with the USA PATRIOT Act, with its ability to detain American citizens indefinitely without charge or access to attorneys…