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I've been tracking my expenses for six months - here's what surprised me

One of the things I wanted to work on during 2016 was to begin tracking our spending. Below is our actual average monthly spending (and what's in parentheses is what I "thought" we spent) that I was WAY off on:   Gas- $340 ($700) Auto repairs and registrations - $896 ($100 !!!!) Home stuff $450 ($50)   We also spent more than I thought on our vacation. And, my husband spent A LOT of money on his hobbies.   I know my tracking does not include all our our eating out and groceries since w

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Progress on cleaning out houses

From my thread, I'm cleaning out two houses. I guess I should say I'm totally cleaning out one house and making the other one livable. I wanted to post to keep myself accountable and to have a plan of what needs to be done. Yesterday I got two bedrooms and two baths completely done. The only things in those rooms are what is on the walls, boxes I couldn't lift, and chairs/lamps that need to be taken away. I'm working three days a week so I have two days while the kids are at school. Here's my pl

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Taking some time off from work

I told my boss this morning that after I finish up the few projects I am working on that I wanted to take several weeks off from work. Since my dad died, I feel like my life has changed in so many ways. Not only did I inherit "worldly" things, I have taken more responsibility for my dad's two sisters, one of whom lost her only son in January (he was never married nor had children). Neither are able to handle their finances although they both have enough money to cover their expenses at the momen

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Healthcare.gov is driving me crazy!

I am so fed up with healthcare.gov!!!   I set up an account in early October when the exchange first opened. I was able to complete most of my application and then the site went down. I tried again on 12/4 to log into my account and since I could not remember my password, I asked them to reset it. When I did that, it asked me some security questions that I do not ever remember setting up (not sure if they were default questions or what, but I never would have chosen "What was your favorite chi

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Career (and life) decisions need to be made

Just a little background: I am 41 years old and have been a CPA for 13 years and have worked for the same employer. Right now, I work full time + during tax season and three days a week the rest of the year. I LOVE IT! I really enjoy my job and the flexibility it gives me. I am the primary breadwinner. DH has many very part time jobs. My kids are 4 & 6.   My boss approached me today, he is 61 years old and wanted to discuss his retiring. Granted, he still wants to work five more ye

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