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Newspaper Reading Frenzy

October 20th, 2016 at 08:36 pm

I truly like reading the newspaper. The paper and ink kind. I don't like reading one on a tablet or computer. I feel the same way with books too.

This morning I got up early and did some housework and then caught up on my newspaper reading. I was behind one a weekly paper we get. I'm kind of odd duck -- I like reading the classifieds. Last week's edition had the delinquent tax bills for 2015. Our tax bills come due usually June first of the following year and if you make installments, then the second installment is September 1st. I always read these not only because I'm nosy, but I also don't want to get blindsided by a bill I didn't catch.

I was shocked to see two names of folks I know. Both are gainfully employed. Neither are poor. Yet, they hadn't paid their taxes. I don't know if there is a grace period or what, but it makes me wonder how well they handle money. It is also scary. I don't know how it works, but wonder if they don't pay, if someone can redeem their property for the property taxes. These aren't shacks by any means. They are nice middle class homes.

I always save money because I estimate about what our tax bill will be so I have enough to pay it come June. I go ahead and pay it all at once so I don't have to worry about forgetting. I figure it was for the year before so they aren't really using my money per se. I guess we often think people do things the way we do.

Someone posted on Facebook that many Americans don't read. I know some of my friends don't read the paper, watch the news, or read online. I'm shocked when they seem so misinformed. I'm not talking about kids, but middle aged and older adults.

I did get caught up on all my newspaper reading, clipped some coupons, and recycled. Did some housework and did the grocery shopping for the week. DH is out picking sage that I'm going to dry. Not a bad day overall for getting things done.

2 Responses to “Newspaper Reading Frenzy”

  1. snafu Says:

    While DH is finding it a bit difficult to adjust to electronic newspapers and columnist's articles, he is really enjoying reading far flung newspapers with many different point of view. I got him to agree to try the electronic version when I printed pages to demonstrate how much was actually news or items of interest and how much was ads which is necessary to pay for the hands on product.

    The downside of newspapers shutting down is the alarming information from electronic sites full of personal opinion lacking knowledge, research, or fact. I see historic facts being spun so hard it seems to reverse fact to make a point. I hope the school children are being taught critical thinking and back checking facts.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Am I weird to say that I'm looking forward to getting our first tax bill in December? Smile
    I like to read the print papers too, but the e versions are easier to read at work... so that's mainly what I read.

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