I got all my tax refund money by last Friday and I got paid, too, so for once I had the wherewithal to pay all my bills at the same time. Whee! It was lovely to get caught up on my utility bills (I had already received the brightly-colored cable bill that means you're on their bad list), pay the remaining medical bills from all of my acid reflux drama, and even renew a magazine subscription that was about to lapse.
I had enough money left over to do a bit of shopping. First on the list: two new Littermaid self-scooping cat boxes. My old ones had finally quit working a couple of months ago and I'd switched back to regular cat boxes. BIG mistake! No matter how often I changed the litter, our house smelled like the big cat exhibit at the zoo. I'd forgotten what a huge difference the Littermaid boxes make.
I also did a little blog-influenced buying. Thanks to Pesky'Apostrophe, I found some awesome jewelry made from inactive birth control pills, designed to "make a statement about supporting access to birth control." I ordered two pendants and they arrived yesterday.
Of course, I couldn't resist Fussy's new t-shirts. I pre-ordered one of the "BLOG" shirts (I think it will complement my blue eyes nicely) and one of the "Blogging well is the best revenge" shirts. I still wear the "Writing well..." shirt I bought last year at BlogHer and always get compliments on it from the other copywriters at work.
My final expense of the weekend was going to be some flowers for my front yard, but I ended up taking a long nap on Sunday afternoon when I'd meant to buy and plant them. Thus, the gardening will have to wait until this weekend.
As nice as it was to have the extra money, it's obvious that I've been paying too much in taxes. My final financial goal for the week is to adjust my deductions so everything will even out a little more next year. Frankly, I'd rather have more money per paycheck and keep up with my bills than have to catch up with them later.