We set DS up with a Traditional IRA today and taught him how to do his taxes. Of course we have to wait to get paperwork from Vanguard before they actually get submitted, but he dumped $3000 from what he earned last year into it. So instead of having to pay $300 in taxes, he will now be getting $161 back.
He has been wanting to get this set up for a while and we didn't want to miss it. I know we still have a month, but I never like to push it. He would have got more back, but we still claim him as a dependent. Which we will until he works full time, buys his own groceries (or contributes his share to our groceries), and pays 1/4 of the bills. Then he can be an independent while still living with us. He's not even working right now, so it is a moot point.
DH finally sent off our taxes today. I thought he'd done it in early February like usual, but nope. So I'll stop looking for it to be deposited and just check on Wednesdays, just not this coming one. We always seem to get stuff deposited on Wednesdays from the IRS. We usually do them in February because it only takes a week at that point and because we want to get it in early in case someone tries to pull identity theft. Someone used DH's SSN back before we were married, and while it wasn't to claim taxes, it was to pay them.
He had to go through the rigamarole of proving that he didn't earn that money, because he wasn't living in California, so that we could prove he didn't earn an extra $50K that year. It was a pain, but since he was working at home, he hadn't started in Alaska, it was pretty easy to prove. Plus he had receipts from his credit card proving he was making purchases during that time and the location. So it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
We keep having these beautiful sunny days, but they are too cold to sit outside with the wind. DS says it is still too cold most days to go on walks. I want to soak up some sunshine, but I don't want to get chilled. It's probably just false spring #2. We can't plant around here until mid-April, but I really need to get my tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and basil going. I'll have to check the chart for anything else that takes a long time to germinate.
I'm only planting two varieties of tomatoes this year and it'll be mostly Opalka paste tomatoes They are heirloom and open pollinated, so seeds can be saved from them. I've grown them before twice with great results. The tomatoes can be as big as your hand. These aren't your typical baby romas. I will also be planting Lillian's yellow heirloom tomatoes. I'll probably just do two plants there. Since I am planting organic seeds and using organic planting medium, I will easily be able to sell any extras I don't need.
I'm seriously going to be making homemade tomato sauce, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, and ugly sauce (from the yellow tomatoes), and anything else will be quartered or diced. I need to buy a food strainer. My food mill that came from my grandmother and was new in 1934, won't hold together anymore. I am trying to decide between a hand turned one or an electric powered one or just the add on for the Kitchen Aid. The latter two are quite a bit more expensive, but none of them are out of budget. Anyone have any experience with these and could recommend a good one? I want to make the purchase sooner, rather than later, before prices go up for tomato season.