The other night, for the first time ever, I paid someone to prepare my income tax returns. And I can't even TELL you how this grieves me.
I've always done my own tax returns. Well, except for the year my sister Texas did them for me. Thanks, Texas! But this year, with the first-time-homebuyers' tax credit, and the credit I'll get for insulating the garage, and not knowing where to enter the mortgage interest and the property taxes and ........
.... I just was not up for it. But here's what kills me: I KNOW that if I just spent enough damn time reading through the instructions or using TurboTax or whatever, I could probably figure it out. I just didn't want to. It made me tired just thinking about it. STOP YELLING AT ME, okay? I don't like numbers. So sue me.
So the other night, I gathered up my paperwork and took it to an accountant and sat across the desk from her and let her figure it out.
And she saved me lots of money! At least seven hundred bucks that I know for a FACT I would not have figured out on my own. Which is way more than what she charged me to do the returns.
So it was worth the money. I just feel like a failure for not being able to do it myself. Which is ridonkulous, because there are lots of people (dentist, plumber, electrician) whom I pay for their knowledge without having a (major) cow over it.
Someday I've got to get over this fear of spending money. Oh wait, but that's how I was able to save up enough buy a house!
What about you? Are there some things you can spend money on, no problem, and other things you HATE to spend money on? Or is it just me?