First financial mistake of the year - NEVER ASSUME!!
What did I assume? I assumed (and now I feel like an ass) that after doing my daughter's tax return that there would be the same amount of tuition credit that she would then transfer to me (her parent who helped pay for her tuition!) as there was last year. Are you with me?
Well, darn it all if she didn't earn too much $$ last year and she needed all of her tuition credit that she didn't use last year plus ALL of her tuition credit from THIS year in order to reduce her income by enough so she could get a decent refund.
Which meant there was none left for moi.
That leaves me with a tax refund of almost $1,000 less than last year. That means it's over $200 shy of what I owe the trailer park for my lovely large lot plus $250 short of what I owe my brother for the painting I (shouldn't have) bought last week.
That's $450 that I will have to squeeze out of my April budget. Something is not going to get paid the way I had planned and that makes my upper lip curl in horror and disgust!! Also the other $550 I thought I was going to get back was going to go towards a few things I needed around the house, but oh well.
It was the one little bit of extra $$ I thought I'd have to play around with this year. Now I'm going to have to figure something else out.
Moral of the story? You got it - NEVER ASSUME!!