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Friday, December 10

A Happy Moment

It doesn't take much to get me excited, but today is one of those days that I have a big smile across my face. Why? Well, this time last year I wasn't in the best of spirits. I was still stinging from a recent job loss and had just started a new job that paid 80% less and wasn't going to last. I had a mountain of debt and an almost $800 monthly car payment. I was selling airline vouchers left from my old job to raise cash.

But most pressing this time last year was my property tax bill. See, I don't escrow my taxes every month, so they all become due at the same time. Last year I owed a total of about $6,300 and I charged nearly all of that to credit cards. That would be a smart move except that the tax assessor charged a fee for me to use my credit card.

Fast forward to today, and I owe close to $9,000 in taxes (one house in particular I had just bought last year and the tax was just on the land, so the tax on it is about $1,800 more this year).

So why am I so happy? Because this week I managed to pay $3,136 in property taxes out of my checking account, fee-free. Yippee! Sure, that still leaves nearly $6,000 I have to come up with by the end of the year, and I'm sure I'll still have to charge some of the taxes to a card. But the fact that I've already paid over 1/3 without fees is something to celebrate. I wouldn't have been able to do that this time last year.

Oh, and the $800 car payment? I got rid of the Bimmer last December. Now I pay less than half that with plans to totally pay my car off in 2011.

2011 will be a turning point in my life.


  1. real estate is a bad business to be in right now, is your net worth growing?also since you wont give any details on your new business I'm just assuming its a restaurant that specializes in vegan food.

  2. Hi Tom,

    I might spill the beans next week. My net worth is growing but I have not adjusted my real estate holdings so it might not be up as much as I think. Fortunately in my area real estate has not suffered as much as other places. But I do benefit from the real estate mess: there are more renters today because it's so hard to get a mortgage. I just raised the rent on two of my properties this month without any negative consequences.

  3. I sure remember reading your posts last year...
    I guess I´m feeling a bit like you back then. Fear is taking a bit over and I´m planning to sell one of my flats :(
    It´s awesome how everything turned out right for you. I think you only have to thank yourself by your great managment skills and your courage :)