Thank you to the helpful neighbor who cleared the sidewalks with their snowblower on Wrightwood between St Louis and Drake. It really heped us out!
Updated Feb 12
Thanks to the "snow angel" of the west side of the 2700 block of Troy who shoveled my sidewalk on Friday!!!
Updated Jan 24
As the new tax law adjusts tax brackets for 2018, withholding in your paycheck will likely adjust. Double check your withholding as you may need to adjust due to the changes to deductions and exemptions.
Updated Jan 19
awww. i hoped so much that it wasn't a scam, but it was. two days before xmas, frantic woman in a van, waves me over (i am gassing up at opposite pump) 'do you speak english?" yes. "thank god." story about dying dad in hospital, tank on e, needs gas, let me take your number and i'll pay you back. blah blah blah. i swiped my card for her on the pump and left. i knew it was probably a...
awww. i hoped so much that it wasn't a scam, but it was. two days before xmas, frantic woman in a van, waves me over (i am gassing up at opposite pump) 'do you speak english?" yes. "thank god." story about dying dad in hospital, tank on e, needs gas, let me take your number and i'll pay you back. blah blah blah. i swiped my card for her on the pump and left. i knew it was probably a scam. thought, if she just charges the 30 bucks she really needs to get somewhere, it's legit. if she fills it up to 60, it's a scam. well, charge card showed 59 bucks. tonight, day after new years day, another woman (different, yet could have been the first one's mom- both were equally frantic and articulate...i admire their rehearsal skills if nothing else)in a suv waves me over (i'm on foot this time, but same gas station at calf and armitage.) "do you speak english -- thank god." same EXACT script. her mother's in northwestern, card is over-extended, blah blah blah. i guess word got around that it worked, so the scammers are working it. so adjust your need to respond (if any) accordingly. (by the way, i gave the second scammer the loose bills in my purse. it's a REALLY cold day, and she took the time to give me an education. that's always appreciated.)
Updated Jan 04
A common misconception is that when you earn more and enter a new tax bracket, your whole income is then taxed at that new rate. This blog post will hopefully help you understand tax brackets a little better.
Updated Jan 03
I would like to donate a Spectra Pump (closed system so OK for reuse) and tons of accessories for it as well as accessories for Advanced in Style Medela pump (I have the pump as well but it's not always recommended for re-use as it's open system). I have tons of Medela bottles as well.
Feel free to spread the word, since I'd love to help other moms in need, or if you happen to know of a shelter/place where I could take these, I'd greatly appreciate it.
All of these things have been purchased in 2017 and have been very well taken care of.
Updated Jan 02
Updated Dec 30
The new tax bill has some trying to understand how the 20% deduction applies to pass-through income and whether it affects them. Before making any changes to become a sole proprietor, understand the deduction and speak to a tax professional to determine if it can be beneficial to you.
While many people are prepaying their property taxes, you may also want to look at making charitable contributions before the end of the year.
Updated Dec 23
You may want to pay the first installment of your property tax bill before the end of the year for a deduction on your 2017 federal taxes as you may not be able to utilize the deduction in 2018.