Monday, February 16, 2009

February Goal Made!

Well, guess what? It is only Feb. 16th and I have made my goal! YAY! I don't know that I have ever made my goal this early in the month before.

Most of the income came from two different part time jobs. That is really good news, since looking ahead at March I am not sure how much part time income I'll be able to generate. For some reason it seems to go that way - a month on and a month off. I can live with that though - as long as the surplus money either goes to emergency funds or to pay off debt so the low months aren't so bad. It looks like this week and next are going to be a little quieter, so I am going to work on a few projects to bump that surplus up even higher; it would be nice to have a little cushion for next month.

The downside is, it looks like my taxes are going up....

I got the notice a little while ago. It looks like I am one of those people caught with taxes on the rise while my home value on the decline. Between calling my aunt who works in the assessor's office and talking with my friend Catie, who had just seen something on the news about it (yes, enough of us got hit with a hike in taxes that it made the local news) I got the scoop on it. Basically, what it comes down to is that there isn't much I can do about it, but grit my teeth and wait and see what the damage will be. My assessed value is still under the appraised value, so I can't fight the hike. Since I pay my taxes out of escrow, this will mean a hike in my monthly home payment - once I know what it is, I'll fill you in.

So, have your home taxes changed any? How are you doing on your financial goals?


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5 comments:

J. Money said...

GREAT on the goals, but SUCKY on the taxes :( I'm not sure about ours as yet, but from all the gossip that's been going around, I'm sure ours will go up as well. $hitty, but as you said there's nothing we can do about it...

But at least you're on top of our goals :)

Miss M said...

Congratulations, are you going to save the surplus for next month? I imagine this grueling schedule is only good in short spurts, it must get tiring after awhile.

Dawn said...

J. Money - yeah, the taxes suck! Hope yours don't go up too. Ah well, all I can do is just keep plugging on, right?

Miss M - I am definitely going to save the surplus. March has the potential to be light in income. The schedule isn't so bad. It does get tiring, but I do have vacation time and lots of support from friends and family.

Bouncing Back said...

My appraisal has gone up, but the way taxes are computed in my town, they might not change dramatically, or at least I'm hoping they won't. I won't know until sometime later this spring when the town sets it's mil rate.

Congrats on reaching your Feb goal so early!

Dawn said...

Thanks Bouncing Back! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be too bad. I hope the same for you!