Yes, believe it or not, this is entry number 2500! In the 66 months since friedkitten.com first saw the light (august 2001), I've written about all kinds of things, and 2490 comments have been left on this blog, which is impressive I think. Now, onward with things!
I just got a mail that some of the resources I've donated to fight spam were involved in catching a yet unknown spammer. Little things like that keep me going, thinking not everything is lost just yet.
Today I found a second letter of the IRS in my mailbox, this time referring to last year's taxes. I did write before that I got one referring to 2003/2004 - something that I found a bit strange - but now it starts making sense. And the good news is that I'm getting back quite a nice sum. It seems all the effort that went into filing them and all the calculations and extra deposits for life insurance, pensionfund and things like that pay off too. I just wonder if I can optimize even more this year? That's something I'll have to look into next time I've got a few days off, or I'll have to ask a professional to take a look at it. Anyway, the tax return ain't deposited into my account til the end of April, so I've got plenty of time to decide what to do with it. A few of the options are :
1. Save it (the wise thing to do)
2. Investing it in stock/bonds (ethical and environmentally friendly, of course)
3. Investing it in my apartment (positive, but I need to look into it very well beforehand)
4. Invest it in real estate (something I've been thinking about for a while now)
5. Pay back my current loan for the car (smart, but also kind of futile)
6. Cut back on the mortgage of the apartment (something I've considered before as well)
7. Spend it all on myself [cruise, holiday, something silly, ...] (not the smartest thing to do)
8. Combine options 1, 2 and 7 or something like that.