Monday, February 23, 2009

Beginner Tips from Coupon Mom

$1 One-A-Day Vitamins & Free Foil @ Wags!

There is a $6 in-ad coupon in the Walgreens circular for One-A-Day vitamins 60-240 ct. The best deal is to buy the 100-ct for $8.49 and use the $1 manufacturer Q along with the in-ad Q. Also, Reynolds Aluminum Foil 20 ft is 89¢ with in-ad Q. Use this with the manufacturer Q to EARN 11¢ per box!

Here's what I did in each of 2 transactions.

$25.47 - 3 OAD Vitamins
$3.38 - 2 Reynolds
-$3 OAD manu q
-$2 Reynolds manu q
-$1.60 Reynolds WAGS q
-$18 OAD WAGS q

TOTAL: $4.90 x 2 = $9.80

Saturday, February 21, 2009

35% Off of TurboTax from Bank Of America

In case you still haven't filed your 2008 taxes, here's an even better discount than the one I previously mentioned! It's 35% off of TurboTax!

I did end up using TurboTax to file our taxes this year and received 35% from T. Rowe Price who is ia also providing a 35% discount. I found TurboTax to be user friendly and pleasant to use (and accurate too!). I was a die-hard TaxCut user and would still use them again. However, I could not pass up this discount!

Either way, I would highly recommend that everyone do their own taxes if you can. Who knows your financial situation better than YOU?? Trust me, you will take much better care of yourself than a tax preparation consultant who asks that same questions as the D-I-Y-software and charges several hundred dollars!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Quicken Online - FREE Personal Finance Software

Speaking of finances... Do you currently track your spending using personal finance software? If not, now is a great time to start - especially if you usually itemize deductions on your taxes. I've recently discovered Quicken Online which is a personal finance software that can connect to your bank, download your transactions, and categorize them so you can track your expenses! And best of all - IT'S FREE!!!

Several years ago, I used Microsoft Money to stay organized. I stopped using the software when my husband and I got married and switched banks. MS Money did not support automatic downloading of transactions from our new bank, so it became more and more inconvenient to keep up. (Who wants to MANUALLY input transactions in this day and age?!?!)

To their credit, I must concede that I have not checked lately to see if an updated version of the software now works with my bank. However, I DO know that MS Money is NOT free, and Quicken IS, so I gladly made the switch!!

When tax time comes, I mainly need a total for our daycare expenses and charitable contributions and the FREE online version works just fine for that!

It also helps us stay on budget and work toward our goal to become debt free!