Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tax Day!

As I've mentioned before, I'm actually looking forward to getting our taxes done this year. As first-time homebuyers, we're qualified for a $7,500 tax credit! Whoop! Plus, I seriously doubt we will have any liability at all, what with the copious student loan and mortgage interest we paid last year. I have tried to figure out (okay, I looked online for about 5 minutes) whether people without liability, ie, getting a refund, still get the credit ON TOP of the refund. So, if I was going to get a $2,500 refund, would I get a check for $10K?? Because that would be awesome. AWESOME. 

Anyway, we're evaluating where we stand. Given the economy and my general paranoia about everything from recessions to zombie attacks, we're going to avoid using any of our savings. Plus, we're 90% out of credit card debt now, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside...

Sidebar: I just saw a commercial of pets singing about being too far away from their parents--it was about Bounce dryer sheets with pet hair repellent. I need some of those. And I need to wipe the entire house down with them. 

Anyway! Like I said, we're evaluating. Even if we're just using the credit, I could do some major damage with $7,500. The question is whether we attack one big project (the kitchen) or a bunch of small ones. I figure we could finish the following:
  • Master bath (shower build out and tile)
  • Fireplace tile
  • Built-ins on the fireplace
  • Floors refinished
  • Deck
  • Maybe new carpet??
But I really want a new kitchen! But it would be very nice to get all these little things done, too.... I guess we'll find out this afternoon!

In other news, the Pix got another bath last night. I don't know how it happened, but she was the stinkiest she's ever been, despite just having a bath a couple weeks ago. She's being uber-annoying right now because Daddy is upstairs sleeping (I got up 2 hours ago--he said he'd be right down) and she SO wants to go wake him up. She's staring at me, making little yipping noises, but she sure looks cute and fuzzy. 

1 comment:

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

I envy people like you who will be using their tax credit for remodeling. We're going to be using ours to fix our roof. If that doesn't use up all of our funds, we'll be fixing the plumbing. Fun fun.