Anyway, on to today’s post:
It looks like the Obama administration is going to parade into
Here’s what I’d do with a big pile of free government money:
beyond Sunshop with a custom e-commerce engine and a graphical makeover. I just met a developer who’s going to take over from Eric very soon -- solving one of my longstanding challenges -- and who would happily step right into a complete redevelopment. Take Curio City
- Contract with a marketing firm to bring
to Curio City ’s attention. Last Christmas proved that people love my store…when they stumble upon it. Long-time readers know that marketing has been my Achilles heel since before I launched this company. Three years later, I am no closer to figuring it out myself. America
- Rent commercial space with warehouse, shipping/receiving, and office capabilities. Nothing lavish…I use maybe 250 square feet of our house now; quadrupling that to 1000 would be luxurious.
- Hire a part-time or seasonal employee to handle the shipping/receiving duties, freeing me to focus on the intensified admin requirements that points 1 & 2 would impose. The above photo should explain why I need to do this. Do you know how long it takes me to ship that many boxes?
The new regime has promised most working Americans an extra $10 per week from reduced federal withholding. Ten bucks would be a nice windfall. How am I going to spend mine?
My paychecks are too small to trigger the federal withholding tables. Since our combined household income is taxed at 25%, I just withhold as much as I can afford without shrinking my paycheck to invisibility. To date, I’ve arbitrarily taken 10% for federal withholding. Starting with my most recent check, I raised that to 12.5%. So unlike the rest of
My wife, being a grownup, will reap the Obama windfall. That $10 per week will help offset a fraction of this year’s $100 monthly health insurance increase. Our combined net income is going down again for the fourth year in a row. Hopefully a round of deflation as other Americans join us in the shrinking income department will make it a little easier to survive on less.
To battle this, I gave myself another raise, to 18.25% of gross. If
Oh, and while we’re on taxes…in the past week Kraken Enterprises deposited:
- $1,236.81 in federal Q4 payroll taxes
- $259.89 in state payroll taxes
- $56 federal unemployment
- $235 state unemployment
- $69.23 in sales taxes
Put that together with our personal Q4 1040-ES payment and our quarterly property tax bill, and it’s hard to understand why the government is broke. Maybe we are the only people who actually pay our taxes.
Let's end with a parting shot at Blogger: Every time I Preview a post, Blogger changes the font and removes my formatting. It's probably because I paste in text that I composed in MS Word, but you'd think that after all these years they would have fixed that. It is highly annoying to see everything changed to LARGE and all of my line breaks gone. It's why my posts don't look consistent from one week to the next. This paragraph, for instance, simply refuses to convert to Verdana.