My (direct) flight home was canceled, so I had to fly to Denver, hang out there, and then my flight from Denver to San Francisco was delayed. Super good times, with 24+ hours traveling.
I'm back, and fully in the swing of parenting this weekend. Both boys had semi finals for soccer, plus basketball. One team went on to the finals, but we lost in a very close match today. We had to go to ice cream to dull the pain of the loss. ;-)
It was a very long month (I know, the irony, given that February is the shortest ;-)). We did a decent job with our budget, I basically got in no exercise with my trips & being ill early on, and we found out that we owe a tremendous amount (almost $40K) in taxes. More on that. We have the maximum account deducted from our paychecks, but this comes down to the distribution of our income, and a standard tax rate for stock. Net/net, our stock is a bigger portion of our pay than expected, and our employer is only allowed to withhold 25%. Our tax rate is closer to 40%. So, the $40K is the difference between that.
To make matters worse, we haven't sold any of the stock, so we've yet to see the benefit of it - just the pain. ;-) We were planning to save it for a potential house downpayment. With the news about the taxes, and the reality that we have to have a great deal of additional money withheld every month . . well, we're kind of back to the drawing board about buying a house.
In non-financial news, we lost my grandmother, which has been very difficult emotionally.
March will involve rebuilding our 2015 financial plan, adjusting our paychecks for next year's taxes, and generally working through various life scenarios.
And, I MUST get in shape! Too many trips, too many cocktails, not enough exercise. My clothes are tight.
And, how about you? I'll do a few goal posts to wrap up February, but hope everyone had a great month!