Jars Galore!

Since both my husband and I have full-time jobs, and I have two part-time jobs as well, tax-time can get a little confusing. I guess we figured we’d make it even more so for 2013’s reporting by purchasing a home! Ha!

When I turned in 2012’s taxes, to my great consternation, I discovered that we would actually have to PAY IN. WHAT?! We have never had to pay in, married or single!!! I was crushed, and my husband wasn’t too thrilled, either. Our tax prep guru (aka my fantastic cousin) said: “You need a house. And a kid.”

Well, one thing at a time, people! We took care of the house…and the kid…well, no news on THAT front…we’ll leave it at that!

But with all of the “new” stuff going on in 2013, I knew I needed to find a way to save receipts so we could accurately chart all of our expenses. Because I am NOT paying in again!

I wanted to organize the receipts by category. File folders? No…it could get too bulky. Envelopes? Much more trouble than it’s worth.

I came to the conclusion that I would use jars.

Now, the fact that we love dill pickles and go through large amounts of them at our house really had nothing to do with the deciding factor, but it ended up working quite well! I’ve been saving the lovely Claussen Pickle jars, washing them out several times and using them for receipt storage. However, I still wasn’t quite happy with the idea. So I decided to dress them up a bit. Dress them up with what else but spray paint. (Oh, come on, you knew that was coming!)


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The Tax-Man Cometh!


I know, I know. I hate it, too. But since it has to be done, I figured I’d share some of my tips…before it’s too late. Don’t worry! You still have more than a month, right?

In our house, my January project is TAXES. Christmas has been packed up and put away, there are no longer nightly functions to attend, and life seems like it just might be getting back to normal.

All year long, I’ve been saving receipts, documents, statements…anything and everything that affects taxes. You know why? Because we itemize! Oh yes! And you would be surprised at the things you can write off!

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