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Through with Taxes

February 15th, 2015 at 08:39 am

I am continuously amazed at the advancements in technology. I filed my taxes online on the 1st and my federal refund was deposited into my checking account on the 6th. I remember when I first started filing I would not get a check until April lol. I ended up owing the state under $100, which is not terrible, and I have already sent the payment to them. After some thought I think I have finally decided to divide my refund over a few things:

New cookware
I have so much hatred for my cast iron set I do not even want to bother cooking, which so far has meant spending more money eating out. I would like to change this.

Secured credit card
This is on my 2015 goals list and I like the idea of doing it now so I can spend the whole year benefiting from it.

Debt repayment
I am going to pay off one of my smaller debts in full.

Emergency Fund
I am going to put a little in here to keep the momentum going.

Something fun
I needed a change of scenery so I took a day trip yesterday and had a blast. It was mostly walking around and enjoying free stuff so the expense was really gas and food, which was not much.

Not a bad mix of things I think.

9 Responses to “Through with Taxes”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I love my cast iron. What is wrong with yours? Wrong sizes? Too heavy? Can't get it to be non-stick? Once I got ones the correct sizes that I could lift and got the seasoning on the pans right, I would never go back to any of the flimsy Teflon coated pans that flake into the food. There are a lot of trouble shooting vids on cast iron on youtube.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Sounds good!

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    It sounds like a wonderful plan, you have a mix in there of fun things and smart sensible things

  4. snafu Says:

    I hope you'll attempt to sell you cast iron pots on Craigslist or FB sell page in your city as there are so many people who prefer them. The articles I've read suggest buying just the specific cookware you like to use individually, they say it's a waste of money to buy a 'set.' Pots & pans don't need to match, they need to serve your needs.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    I would suggest stainless steel pans if you are skipping the cast iron ones. Smile And snafu, is right people WILL pay for them.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Looks like a good mix. I think if you find cookware you like, you might enjoy cooking and it won't be such a chore. I know having good tools in the kitchen sure makes it more fun.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like a good mix - Past/Present/Future.

  8. LittleMissSplendid Says:

    Hey that mix does address past, present, and future.... I hadn't noticed that. Probably my subconscious guiding me on the right path or something =)

    As for the cast iron cookware, I probably won't get rid of it. It's a full set, still useable, the sizes and weight aren't a problem, and it wasn't cheap. I'm just sick of seasoning it and find it so irritating I'd rather whack intruders with it. I've followed all the instructions, watched all the you tube videos, and I grew up with cast iron so its not unfamiliar to me. I just had no idea what a pain in the ass it is because everything sticks to it despite the constant re-seasoning. It also alters the flavor of acidic foods which I cook a lot of and greatly dislike the altered taste. It'll likely become the kind of thing I pull out to make certain dishes for special occasions or when I feel nostalgic.

    I'm intrigued by the notion that most people don't use a whole cookware set? Are those people who don't like to cook or cook less often? With every set I've had I've used every piece regularly. I try to stick with sets designed for 1-2 people though so perhaps that's why.

    And no way would I go with Teflon or any other nonstick coated anything. Apparently Teflon is being phased out in the US because of all the horrible health problems its linked to. I'm leaning toward stainless steel, which I think will make me happy. Actually I was looking at stainless steel crockpots and rice cookers too, who knew they even made those!

  9. CB in the City Says:

    I totally agree with you on the cast iron. I've never been able to season it correctly -- everything stuck, always, no matter how assiduously I followed directions. Have never been able to figure out why so many people like it.

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