It’s Saturday Share Day – Week #5
We had green grass here last week, but it looks like Punxsutawney Phil was right about the next few months! Winter weather is back in Western New York. So we’ll hang out inside and finish up our taxes this weekend, before we watch the Super Bowl.
We knew we were going to owe about $7,000 in taxes this spring. My part-time gigs didn’t deduct much for taxes and I also did some consulting work. But we are going to get some very low-cost travel out of paying those taxes. I’ll write more about it soon – but if you owe federal or state taxes, pay your credit card off each month, and like traveling – read how to maximize sign-up bonuses in this post by Jeremy at Go Curry Cracker.
We were both approved for Chase Sapphire Reserve cards this week (in branch) for a total of 200,000 UR points. With flexibility in our travel schedule, we’re predicting we’ll get at least 13 round-trip flights from just the sign-up bonuses. And it could be double that (really – 26 flights) when we are able to use our Southwest Companion pass. It isn’t free travel, but it will likely cost us around $500 (total) to use all of those points. If you have questions you’d like answered, ask away in the comments too!
On to the “share” part of my Saturday posts! Keep reading and learning…and if you have a post you’d like me to share sometime, shoot me an email and I’ll consider it.
Joe at Retire by 40 wrote a great post that introduced his experience and thoughts on investing in rental properties. And congratulations to Gwen over at the Fiery Millennials! She bought her first rental property this week. I bought my first one when I was 25 and still own it today! I also shared this week that we’ve given notice to our tenant of 22 years that we are ending her lease. Thanks to those of you who commented – after not raising her rent all those years, it definitely was a tough message to deliver!
Mr. Tako is busy fixing things rather than falling into the trap of buying something new. I love that he chose to learn about how to deal with the problem – even if it wouldn’t have cost that much more to replace it.
Mr. 1500 shared a guest post by Laura this week that anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit should read! Ever thought of starting a business or buying one? What about buying a laundromat?
Two posts I read this week shared a theme of slowing down. Pausing. Stopping. One was written as a part of learning to be a better negotiator – but I think it is important in other areas of life too. Check out Full Time Finance’s post on the subtle (but important) strategy of pausing. The other was written by Steve at ThinkSaveRetire. Fanning the flames by running won’t solve anything – so stop. Steve’s advice is to be reflective not reactive – a sound message for everyone.
And finally, I love that the internet has helped me connect with some folks I never would have met. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jude through her blog. A fellow educator with older children, we share a passion for reading, teaching, learning and travel. She’s just announced her upcoming retirement and was gracious enough to share that my blog and writing about decision-making was helpful to her.
Rather than leaving you with a quote this week, I’ll leave you with a link to a full episode of a PBS nature show we watched that aired on Wednesday night called Spy in the Wild. According to the website, this “five-part series employs more than 30 animatronic spy cameras disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild. These “spycams” reveal animals as having emotions and behavior similar to humans: specifically, a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, and invent.”
We donate to our local PBS station – but this is free learning and entertainment for all. Skip the news or the latest “reality” show and just sit back and get ready to laugh and be amazed.