Cheddar Pielosophy

Taxes Hackses 101

One of my (many) pet peeves of the modern era is the evolution of the word "hack" from meaning what you do with a dull axe (OK), to then meaning trying to break into a computer (OK), to, now meaning any and every kind of "amazing" tip or trick or -- often -- just the way something is designed to be used (not OK). I came across this recently in a blog post about "ceiling fan hacks," which included the suggestion of adjusting the direction of the fan to blow up in winter and down in summer to save energy and money. Umm . . .  that's great, but that's not a "hack," it's just how ceiling fans work. So, I'm sorry (not sorry) to say it, but this post is not about hacking your taxes. There is no way to "hack" your taxes. You just have to do your taxes . . . sorry (not sorry). But 'tis the season, and there are some tried and true tips that I keep in mind to make the tax-reporting and paying process less painful: (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago
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Frugality in Beast Mode

As an aspiring professional athlete,* one of my favorite kinds of stories is the kind of story about professional athletes who do amazing things with all their professional athlete money. Amazing things like completely ignoring it. Last year, my favorite story was about Daniel Norris, an MLB (that’s baseball, goofball) pitcher who Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago
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I’m back!

I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post! Time to declare failure on the ole “publish once a week” goal for 2016 … ha! Oh well. I feel A-OK about this. I had high hopes that my recovery and attendant absence from work would entail lots of activity Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Cheddar Pielosophy

Being Patient

In addition to my terrific, specific, and mostly-achievable goals for 2016, I decided to add a new twist to the mix by also picking a "word of the year" as my mantra. That word? Patience. It's a virtue, they tell me, but not one I'm intimately familiar with. I like to Get. Shit. Done. And when I'm ready to GSD, it's hard to wait. But this year, I've got a lot of waiting to do, starting now -- I get to be not only patient, but a patient as well. A patient patient, I hope! (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago