I filed our taxes on Friday and am happy to report that we are getting back $3251 from our federal refund. I was too cheap to pay for Turbo Tax for out state filing so I will do that on my own. We were only going to get about $1550 back until I entered our daycare expenses. Since our daycare expenses are going down for this year and my income is a bit sporadic, I'm going to leave our deductions the same.
Y and I have talked it over and we plan to buy new living room furniture. We are going to get 2 couches and a large chair with matching ottomans. We have looked at the set a couple times and know what we want. We will wait until we have the refund in hand to purchase anything. The set costs around $4500 so it will take the refund and a portion of my bonus. It's Lazboy and leather so very comfy and it looks good, too.
I did have the root canal done before I went on vacation. It was hurting intermittently and I didn't want it to bother me while in vacation. The cost was $1307which I paid out of pocket. I submitted it to my insurance and am waiting on a reimbursement check for around $760. After that has been processed, I will also submit to my medical flex for my portion of the root canal and crown, approximately $980 between the two. Since I will be requesting a flex reimbursement, I will also add in our daycare expenses for January and February. I think that only the portion that was withheld from January will be reimbursed at this time, probably about $408.
After buying for our furniture, I will beef up our savings account. It's current balance is around $5400 so its on the low end of what I prefer to have in cash. At least I say this now. I've found it hard not to buy more cheap energy stocks. I have about $7500 in BP, Conoco and Halliburton stocks that I've bought in the last month or so. I would like to buy more when they are cheap.
We had a get together for Superbowl today. It was fun to hang out with our friends and eat good food. I was pretty disappointed that the Seahawks couldn't pull it together in the end. Overall, I'm just happy that the Packers didn't make it to the Superbowl (spoken from a true Vikings fan). Did you watch the Superbowl? Any favorite commercials? I liked the Budweiser ones but overall felt they were lacking originality. The half time show was mediocre. Katy Perry has a great voice but you couldn't hear it. The special affects for the halftime were very good though. I liked Missy Elliot singing old school. What was your favorite part?