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13 players, tax time, and actual spending

January 7th, 2012 at 07:38 pm

Friday night was the deadline to the dead pool. I now have 13 players - which is so fantastically symbolic that I'm closing it to new players. Just got CB's payment, and with her, Mjrube, Mjrube's friend, and Paulette participating, its tempting to consider this the $20 challenge by other means. Good luck to all.

Tax time this year - I've pulled out my green (again fantastically symbolic) folder and am out "collecting". Its different this year - most places really, really want you to sign up for e-delivery to keep you paperless, or to impoverish the USPS even more. I haven't made any exotic moves, the drip re-investments are about 1K, and I haven't made much interest, I can't imagine that I'm going to pay a ton of tax. Only thing is that one of my drip companies got bought out by another drip company (which I like even more), so not only is it one more 1099, I can't write off the stock loss.

Today I did a bit of walking, but I checked out grout colors at Home Depot and Lowe's ... still might go with the gray that I have, and I slipped into Ross and picked up a Cal King bed sheet set. We have a couple of sets that we rotate, but it would be nice to refresh them a bit. Also bought a bit of food from the Greenwood Market, another grocery store that's going away. I'm still bummed. With them going away, the Fred Meyer down until October, and one of our main arterials being ripped up, 2012 is ... 2012.

9 Responses to “13 players, tax time, and actual spending”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Not sure how I managed to miss this whole Death Bet thing...but it sounds intersting. Smile I will have to follow this this year... Smile

  2. Petunia in an OP Says:

    Does grout go bad? I have several boxes of opened, unused grout. . . picked up free a few years ago for a project.

  3. baselle Says:

    Grout doesn't really go bad. The only issue with it is hygroscopic - sucks up water. And when it does, the water cures it and it turns into one solid block. If your box is unopened, it is probably in a plastic bag inside the box and it should be fine. What color is it and is it sanded?

  4. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Dead pool? I haven't a clue what that is but it sounds interesting. Wink Good deal on getting in the tax frame of mind.

  5. Petunia in an OP Says:

    "What color is it and is it sanded?" Will check today - there are several boxes and bags. . . all are opened, but the one bag I peered into does not seem to have become a brick. . .

  6. Petunia in an OP Says:

    Four partial boxes of non-sanded, varying shades of white plus one of concord grape.
    Four partial bags of sanded, could only find a color on one bag, and that was biscuit.
    Some of the boxes and bags have grout that feels like it might be clumping up a little, while others feel pretty powdery.
    I'd love to give this grout a good home. . .

  7. baselle Says:

    Do you live in the Seattle area, Petunia? I'm not excited at all about white, but the grape sounds interesting, altho I use sanded grout. I've been looking at a brownish grout for my new piece but I'm not sure what color biscuit is and somehow I sense a bag of grout will last me forever. I'd be interested, but not with everything. I wonder if Bedrock Industries would be interested in all your grout. They do a lot of salvage and teach mosaic classes.

  8. Petunia in an OP Says:

    I'm not too far from Seattle. Email me if you're interested in it. I'll call Bedrock. I looked into ReStore, but they don't take opened bags.

  9. Petunia in an OP Says:

    Finally contacted Bedrock, and they took all of my grout. Thanks for the tip. Daisy and I had fun looking at the pretties when we dropped it off. Two copy-paper-sized boxes out of the garage, an embarrasing number more to go. . .

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