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Turbo Tax – Free Online Tax Filing

It’s that time again.  We hope tax season brings you a big fat refund. If you have a simple return and want to get ahead of the game and file early, you can prepare and e-file online with Turbo Tax.  You could receive your refund in as little as 8 days.

Retail Therapy

Does shopping give you a mood boost? I don’t always think of shopping as therapy, but I do love the thrill of a good deal.

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College Textbooks Meet Online Shopping

When I was a freshman starting out at college registering was quite a different experience from high school. For the first time I was on my own. All those years before mom was there to help and guide me in the process – what classes I’d take and when, purchasing supplies, and buying textbooks. Honestly, I didn’t even pay attention to what she was doing most of the time. That all changed at college.

Figuring out what classes to take and even registering for classes as a freshman was difficult. Being low man on the totem pole meant a lot of classes being full and I took what I could get. After crossing that hurdle the next big ticket item was going to the campus bookstore and buying my textbooks for the semester. Wow. Walking into the bookstore was like walking into a feeding frenzy – a sea of students vying for the least-worn copies of much-needed texts. If you were lucky to get a book that was actually usable you then had the privilege of paying a hefty price for each – sometimes triple digits! For me, the cost of tuition was far less than the bill for my textbooks. Thankfully, students (and parents who subsidize their education) have a new alternative to these high-priced publications – rent them!

Did you know you could now rent textbooks? Companies like CampusBookRentals.com are now available where a student can rent their textbooks for much lower rates than buying them new or even used. For example, I found that a student could rent a particular Biology book for one semester (130 days) for just over $26.00, and all books have free shipping and free returns. A student can even highlight in the book and they’ll take it back. If you’re curious about how it works, click here.

Talk about two worlds colliding – a person can do everything they need to get ready for college online. From registering for classes, buying school supplies, and even renting textbooks, all can be done from the comfort of their couch at great prices. Sounds like the end of the campus feeding frenzy as we know it. It’s another great way to shop in your PJ’s!

New Years Resolutions That Are Good for Your Wallet

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Christmas Around the World

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Fun Fruitcake Facts

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Anatomy of a Christmas Card

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The Most Sought-After Holiday Gifts of Years Past

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Don’t Miss the Deals That Won’t Last – Follow Us On Facebook!

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This time of year, the deals move fast.  We often post limited time and deeply discounted items that just won’t last on the Shopping In Your PJs Facebook Page only.  Make sure to follow us there so you don’t miss a deal!

Buying Food In Bulk Pays – If You Can Store It

Now that I have a family I do a lot of shopping at bulk stores, stocking up on everything from chops and roasts to boxes of cereal that are so big they look like they were shipped by UPS. There is no doubt, at least in my mind, that I’m saving money by going big, but soon I realized I had a problem – no method of food storage. What good would buying all this bulk food do me if it spoiled on the shelf or in the fridge?

So, I had to do some research to find out what would work best for me. There were so many options to choose from – plastic and glass containers of every size, vacuum packing equipment, bags that claim to keep your perishables fresh for forever in the fridge – at times it made my head spin. I wished I could just buy freeze dried food and avoid this whole mess.

In the end, I decided to go big or go home. Well, I was at home, so I guess I just went big. We acquired a small chest freezer that would assure us all our perishable purchases would be preserved, ready for us to eat whether it was a day or month later. I also purchased a vacuum sealer to avoid that dreaded freezer burn. Now when we come home with our huge haul we can portion it out, seal it up in special bags, and stick it in the chill chest. Voila!

Do you buy food items in bulk?  How do you handle storage?