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Spring Cleaning Your Virtual World – 10 Tips

Admittedly, I’m not really one of those “Spring cleaning” kind of people. I’m more of a Spring-shove-a-bunch-of-stuff-in-a-closet type of person. However, this year I decided that my e-world was getting chaotic…chaotic to the point of collapsing in upon itself like a dying star. So, I decided to institute an annual “E-Spring cleaning” day in order to stave off a literal collapse of my virtual world. These 10 things created so much peace in my life that I-lacking a less nerdy outlet-decided to share them on my little blog. Do this stuff. You will be more peaceful. Or not. But probably.

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You’re pregnant. That’ll cost you. Here are 8 tips to prepare financially.

I was recently asked for some thoughts on “how to prepare for a baby financially”. I thought some of you internet people might be able to use this information; so, I turned my thoughts into a blog post. Here you go:

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So, I was curious how much I have been shelling out to Xcel Energy for my deep freeze each month…

Earlier this week I bought this fancy toy called a Kill A Wat. It allows me to measure how much energy various things in my house are using, and do a little spreadsheeting to figure out how much these various things are costing me per month. Hooray! A nice lady at Xcel Energy was kind enough to help me break down my bill and figure out how much I am paying per kilowatt hour. Oddly, she acted as if people don’t regularly ask this question. The answer is 7.322 cents per KwH plus 4% in various taxes. Here are some results of my boring study:

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The IRS: A Model of Efficiency

So, I spent a good chunk of my day (11am-1:30pm to be exact) hanging out at the IRS. 2 reasons: problem #1 My refund was $2,000 less than it was supposed to be. Problem #2 I received a random refund check for overpayment of business taxes for $27. Two days later I received a bill for underpayment of business taxes for $27 + late fees. Awesome. Here are some observations during my time:

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