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Thank you, Mr. Read. RIP

February 7th, 2015 at 05:58 pm

Some of you may have heard, but for those who do not know yet, there was a "secret millionaire" who recently passed away.

Mr. Ronald Read was a man who exhibited many traits that is not at all surprising to this frugal community. He was a man who lived a humble life while having a seemingly unquenchable thirst to save and invest.

As a gas attendant and janitor, he surprised many in his community when, upon his passing, he bequeathed six million dollars in charity to a local library and hospital.

As a "secret millionaire", people like him rarely get the kind of recognition they deserve during their lifetime, not just due to their generosity and impact, but also for their ability in amassing such wealth-- especially when you consider Mr. Read's relatively low income-- and doing so in relative obscurity.

He may be gone now, but his charity will help many, and his inspiration will endure in people like myself.

Did my taxes

February 7th, 2015 at 07:39 am

Yay. Would have done it sooner, but I admit I was kind of dragging my feet.

Placed my refund into Amazon again, because I do nearly all of my year-round shopping online, and their 10% bonus is just too good to pass up.

I don't have any particular urges to buy anything having the money there, so I think I am OK.

However, I may be finally be upgrading my car this year, and if I decide to do that, it will likely be the Nissan Leaf. And if I should decide to do that, I may use the tax refund money to buy a spare charger through Amazon.

I think I am also going to look into upping my tax withholdings, although if you stop and think about it, it's amusing to consider that I am basically loaning Uncle Sam some of my money, but earning a guaranteed 10% return on Amazon... which may actually make it worth my while NOT to increase my withholdings. Funny thought, eh?