Friday, September 14, 2007

Sucky September

Today is payday. (Of course due to my pseudo-Jewish status, I'm off of work today because it's the second day of Rosh Hashana so I won't actually get the check until Monday.)

This marks the second paycheck untouched and alloted to go towards paying off the IRS.

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On Wednesday I shall mail those dipwads their money via certified mail, return receipt requested, with the words "Suck It" and "Paid in Full" in the memo line of the check.

Even though we get to actually use next Friday's paycheck, that check will soon be snapped up for daycare and bills that are due at the end of the month. The 28th's check goes toward rent.

Of course Zorba the landlord still hasn't cashed the $1200 check from September's rent. Which is quite annoying when you're trying to balance your checkbook to see how much you can actually spend to buy food.

Anyway, where am I going with this half-cocked rant and picture of tax forms with rice and beans artfully censoring our address and social security numbers?

I'm thinking of kicking off a week long wrap up of Sucky September on Wednesday and all the shit we did to get through it.

I keep find myself composing blog posts about it only to find that I've written pages upon pages of things we did. No one wants to read that. Snooze fest!

But maybe if I broke it down into manageable easy to digest posts?

Whattya think?

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27 Comments:

Blogger Magatha said...

It could be helpful to others who may find themselves in similar straits.
It's plain to see that you've bent over backwards. It's amazing that you 'knew what to do' as I think very few peeps really know how to manage money and make a debt problem go away.

I loved the beans and rice bill pic. Very clever

10:09 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I say go for it. Misery loves company.

10:26 AM  
Blogger QueenMeadow said...

I am finding myself in a similar position, I need all the hints and tips I can find :).

10:50 AM  
Blogger Inky said...

post it - those tips are useful!

I make my checks payable to the "Infernal Revenue Service," and they cash them, no problem.

Only 2 more payments for me and we'll be done just in time for Lean Xmas (good thing I'm an atheist).

11:01 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

I like figuring out new ways to reduce my spending - so I'd love to hear about it.

11:08 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I think you should send the beans and rice with the check...

11:24 AM  
Blogger LilKnitter said...

I've been posting abominably long posts on my trip, which are likely interesting to no one but me. Lead on with the money-saving ideas!! I needs 'em!

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My two cents worth is to go for it! We could all use some ideas on how to pinch and squeeze "Ol' Abe". Wow! I can't believe that you were able to do it in one month!! Love, Mom

12:12 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Sure! Maybe categorize it for easy reference later!

12:17 PM  
Blogger buttercup said...

So glad to know it's just about over (1/2 way anyway).

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love beans and rice.....but I don't have to eat them if I dont wanna....that makes a big difference.

It's your blog, do what YOU want to do with it.

Kay

12:31 PM  
Blogger Disco said...

Do it Bezzie. We all need reminding how we don't REALLY need to spend so much.

And put some more stock up in your store. That's gotta help the situation, right?

12:55 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Break it down into bullet points. that seems oddly appropriate, dont you think????

1:57 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Do what you gotta do, we're here. Amazing all the contact numbers they print, when in reality, you can't anyone on those numbers if you wanted to. Great job doing away with the IRS! (idiots really suck)

3:40 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I think it's pretty impressive you could get out from under it the way you are!

5:15 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

I'm agreeing with the masses. Reading your blog has yet to send me to sleep.

What with all my doctor's bills, I'd love to see how you did it.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'll read it all!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Go for it. It'll make you feel good to see in print all the changes you made. Good for you.

8:30 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

I know I can't wait to hear some of the tips!! Congrats on making it this far! Hope the diet coke can happen soon!

10:56 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Go for it! I for one really appreciate hearing your tips and tricks.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

Of course we want to know what you're up to! Why else would we be reading your blog???

And tips are always handy, even if you think it's something obvious. Chances are we never thought of it. My big one is this: When you get paid on a weekly basis, don't pay off all your bills the first week of the month. It'll completely empty out your account and leave you dead broke till the next paycheck comes in. It'll be the longest week of your life, and four expensive-to-repair things are going to break down and you're going to run out of loads of expensive stuff.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I think it sounds great. I'm looking to move out on my own for the first time in a matter of weeks and I've found your posts about thriftiness tres helpful in trying to remember to save.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Another one who loves your tips! I say pay the damn bill in pennies...oh how I wish you could!!!

Got my yarnball carfob yesterday! :) Hubby's gonna hate driving my car..hehe ;)

10:44 AM  
Blogger Rebel said...

Love the beans & rice picture. You rock Bezzie... you just rock. I think you should be in charge of balancing the national budget!

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Knit Mongrel said...

Hey dude. You want a ray of sunshine? You were the randomly drawn winner of my blog contest. Woot! I have goodies for you, but I need your address. So come here:
http://web.mac.com/hxquarter/iWeb/KnitMongrel/blog/D04E8FFE-F572-4080-8EB4-89749C92DAD8.html
And the link to my email is in the post.

Sweet. And I loved your drunken entry, by the way.

See? Every once in a while you give away beans and get something good back. :)

2:27 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

i myself would most definitely read this, what with our budget that may get tighter each month until he gets a raise. or whatever. but yes, it interests me. and i'm proud of you :)

1:02 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I want to read it.

I've been reading The Tightwad Gazette, a compilation of the actual newsletters published in the early '90's and it's great stuff, but I need more - more up-
to-date, more contemporary.

Anyway, I need all the help I can get! Seriously!

8:08 PM  

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