How to Save Money Doing your Income Taxes

When you are looking to do income taxes you really only have a few options: either pay someone to do it, or do it yourself.  If you are thrifty like I am, I find that paying someone to do my taxes feels too expensive for my tastes.  I know that these people need to make a living, but when you consider how easy it is to do my taxes, it really feels like highway robbery.

So I have taken it upon myself to do my own income taxes.  At first, I tried to do it with the paper forms, but two paper cuts and a big headache later, I decided doing it on paper wasn’t for me.  I figured that I should be able to use my computer to get the same result, so I decided to see if I could find some software to do the job.

After looking at a number of sites, I found this TurboTax coupon code that would allow me to save money on the software.  According to a number of tax software review websites, it seemed like TurboTax was definitely the way to go.  It was easy to pick up my copy, and all I did was download it, and I was ready to go to work on my taxes.

I love that it was easy and that I could keep some money in my pocket too.

Becoming Part of a Class Action Lawsuit

While I would never have thought that I would ever talk to a lawyer, I just stepped out of a law office.  You see, there was an advertisement in the paper a few days ago, looking for people who frequented a certain store in town.  I guess there were some issues with what they did with the mobile numbers that they collected, and they were looking for plaintiffs to add to their class action lawsuits that they were filing against them.

I had no idea that sending unsolicited text messages were illegal, but the ad in the paper had me intrigued – I knew that I received a number of them from this company (sorry to be so vague on the company name, but the lawyer suggested that we don’t name them to damage their case).  According to the law firm, I was not the only one that had problems with these messages – there were hundreds of us in our city that had the same problem.

Which really sucks.

While I won’t know how things pan out from this case, at least I learned a valuable lesson.  It is important to use some discretion when handing out your mobile phone number to companies when they ask for it – who knows what their intentions are.

Try This Fun Personality Test

If you are anything like myself, you take the many quizzes that you see on Facebook each day.  Quizzes like “Which Friend’s character are you” and “What city should you actually live in” tend to litter my news feed, and I take a moment of my time to do them.


Because they’re fun.

Today was no exception.  I tried a couple of regular quizzes like I see during the course of each day, but then something different caught my eye.

There was a meaningful quiz in my feed.

I gave it a look and ended up at Sounds Like Me , , which seeks to discover your personality through the music that you like.

It might sound a lot different than other quizzes, and it should – this quiz is based on the scientific discovery that their is a link between personality types and the types of music that we listen to.  While the notion of the quiz being based on scientific proof is important, I honestly feel that there should be a relationship between the types of music that you listen to and the type of person you are.

I tried taking the quiz myself, and I was pleasantly surprised that the personality traits that they thought I should have were indeed present.

It was actually quite amazing.

Curious about your personality?  Check out the test here:

We Averted a Costly Home Repair

I always thought that new houses were strong enough to withstand just about anything.  Yes, I do realize that a tornado, flood, fire and hurricane would make quick work of a house.  But for the rest of the stuff that mother nature could throw at it, a new house should be just about indestructible, right?

This past winter was characterized by wild variations in temperature, from warm to cold and right back to warm again.  I watched ice form on my house until some beautiful icicles formed.  I really loved to take pictures of them in the morning with the sun shining through them.

I thought to myself: “Isn’t winter beautiful?”

Little did I know that there was a problem developing on my home due to the temperature swings.  We would have never known unless the gentlemen who was doing ice dam removal ann arbor popped by and knocked on our door.

He said that the was going around the neighborhood checking on houses to see if there were problems needing attention before they got out of hand.  I didn’t think that we would fall in that group, but I was willing to let him have a look.

When he took a look at the ice forming on the back of our home, he warned me that if we didn’t do something about the ice, we were going to have big problems.

I was shocked.

But after he explained exactly what was going on, I understood.  We hired him on the spot, and our issues were resolved in short order.

We are just lucky that he stopped by, otherwise we were going to be stuck with costly home repairs.

Natural Methods Provide Safe Treatment for UTI

If you suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs), you know that it is a painful and uncomfortable condition.  Difficulty urinating, vomiting, and foul smelling urine are common symptoms that can make your daily trips to the washroom a nightmare.  Many people suffer through this condition and are only offered powerful antibiotics to provide relief.

One of the biggest frustrations for people with UTI is that more than fifty percent of them will have a recurring problem.  We all know that it isn’t healthy to take multiple courses of antibiotics, but many have no choice.

Thankfully, there are companies that now offer natural treatment for UTI.  Instead of providing a band-aid style solution, these natural remedies focus on getting your UTI under control and prevent you from having recurrences in the future.  There are no large pills to swallow, and you are not taking strong and damaging antibiotics.

These natural remedies can be mixed with water, then all you have to do is drink it.  They prevent bacterial growth by creating an environment in your body that makes it hard for you to have another urinary tract infection.  In fact, the EU and Health Canada have approved these types of treatments – they have some of the most stringent requirements when it comes to approving new medicines.

So, the next time that you suffer from a UTI, consider trying out a natural treatment.  They are more effective at treating and preventing recurring urinary tract infections.

Look Like James Bond at Your Business Meeting

Stylus Pen Laser When I think of James Bond, I think of one thing: spies are cool.  All of the gadgets and toys they use, their life of adventure and all of the lovely ladies that they meet along the way make all of us guys want to be a spy ourselves.  Most of us will never live life so dangerously, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t have some gadgets up our sleeves.

I recently discovered a new gadget that James Bond would be proud of.  It is designed to serve three purposes:

  1. To be a laser pointer
  2. To be a fully functional pen
  3. To be a stylus.

The best part is that it all fits in a tiny package.  If you want to see what I mean, check out the following video:

You would think that something like this would be very expensive, but trust me it isn’t.  After searching around the net, I was able to find a discount code for you, “ILIKEPIZZA” , which saves you 50% on the device as well as gets you free shipping.

Wouldn’t you like to show up to your next business meeting with your new spy gadget to show off?  You bet.

Order your own stylus pen and laser pointer by Kyasi now.

I Caught My Husband Cheating

One of the things that I always believed was that when I married my husband, that was it – we were going to be together forever.  But recently my hubby started to act really weird and distant around me.  I thought that he was just having a few off days, but it became apparent that something was going on.

I decided to confront him, but all he would tell me was that everything was going to be okay.

It sure didn’t feel that way.

I needed to find out what was going on.

We had only one computer in the house, so I thought that maybe I could look there.  Strangely, all of the site history, cookies, and programs were wiped clean.  I suppose that it could be he just did maintenance on the computer, but really, it felt like he was hiding something.

Figuring a way to find out what he was doing without letting him know I was spying would be tough if I wasn’t such a tech expert.  I installed some pc monitoring software to record the movements of anyone using the computer.  I hoped that looking at what he was doing on the computer would help me get to the end of this mystery.

And it did.

As it turned out, he had been seeing another woman that he met on an online dating site.  When I confronted him, he tried to place the blame on me and then he told me that he would never do it again.  I firmly believe that once you cheat, you will cheat again.

I think it is time for a divorce.

Starting A New Website

For the longest time I have been considering starting a new website.  It has been a long time since I had any interest in making another one, but after some of the things that my family has been through over the past couple of months, I have learned about being an executor, and I thought I could monetize my newfound knowledge.

I really wish that I didn’t know what to do as an executor of a will, but after my grandmother passed away, I had no choice.  For the past two months, I have been dealing with executing her will, and it has been a steep learning curve.  But during that time, I did document everything so I have some great notes that are perfect for blog posts.  I figure I could come up with fifty or so posts, and I have even toyed with the idea of creating my own ebook or report – but I don’t want to jump ahead of myself at the moment.

Right now, I need to focus on setting up the site.  I have been trying to figure out which are the best wordpress themes for adsense as I will be using Adsense to monetize the blog.  I want to find a theme that will work on tablets, phones and computers, so I have been having some trouble finding some that will work.  But I will continue looking until I find one that works well for me.

Next, I have to get some content up on the site.  I did manage to write a couple of posts and get them up on the web so that there is something up there, but it will need to be a bit larger before I start marketing the site.  I have setup a content writing calendar so that I can plan my posts out and so that I don’t get overwhelmed by all of the writing I need to do.  It feels a lot better trying to write five hundred words at once instead of 50 articles in one sitting.

Things are coming along, and I expect to have a live launch in just a couple of weeks.  As long as I get some content out there, I will be able to start marketing the site and making some money.

Persistence Pays Off

One of the things that my grandfather taught me when I was seven was this:

If you ever want something in life Steven, you need to keep putting yourself out there until you get it.  Being persistent gets results.

His lesson is something that still defines my actions today.

A prime example would have to be when I tried to get my book published.  I took my book to some literary agents that I knew for them to review my work and pass it on to an editor in a publishing house.  Both of them laughed me off and said that my work was never going to be published as it wasn’t good enough.  I thanked them for their time, and decided that this wasn’t going to be the end of my road as an author.

I wanted my writing to be published.

So, I setup meetings with every agent in town, and I was sure that someone would like what I wrote and get up to bat for me.  It took seven appointments before I found someone that liked what they saw.  He has passed my manuscript on to an editor, and I have been assured that I will know by the end of the week if they will publish my work.

My persistence paid off.

I am sure they will publish my book, but if they don’t, do you know what I am going to do?  Be persistent until I get the result I want.

Unhappy With my Lost Pictures

One of the biggest challenges I have had moving to a digital world is trying to figure out what to do with my old pictures.  I have years and years worth of pictures of my children as well as negatives from a box of photos my grandparents left me.  I have known for a long time that they have been deteriorating, and I looked into ways that I would be able to preserve them in a digital format.

My first thought was to buy my own slide scanner.  It seemed like a smart idea as I would have something left over after I was done.  But after speaking to a couple of my photographer buddies, I realized that I was going to end up spending more time that I had to get everything scanned.  They actually suggested to me to hire one of the companies that sell this type of service online.  It made a lot of sense, so I started looking to find one.

After a quick search on Google, I found a company, PhotoBin, that seemed to offer reasonable rates and a short time frame to get the work done.  I placed my order, shipped off my negatives and waited patiently for the digital version of my pictures to arrive.

I received the confirmation email that they had received my package, so I thought nothing of it.  But the due date came and passed by.  I tried to email the company to see what was going on, but all I received was a generic email reply.

I wasn’t happy.

I started to get really worried, but the package from them showed up a week later, and I opened it excitedly.  I used the DVD that they sent and put it into my computer to see if they were able to digitize all of my pictures.  After looking through most of them, I noticed one thing: a bunch of my pictures were missing.

Worried, I went through and counted all of my negatives and check the number against the count I did before I sent them – they didn’t match.  I tried contacting the company, and I was told that they returned all of the negatives to me.

Which wasn’t true.

Unhappy with what happened to me, I decided to share my story on this PhotoBin review website.  The negatives that were lost can never be replaced – I just want to do my part to make sure that someone else doesn’t lose their photos too.