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Getting Prepared for Filing Taxes

January 24th, 2016 at 03:19 pm

First, we never lost power during the storm. For that, I am extremely grateful. We have been inside our home for two days in order to stay safe. I'm definitely ready to get out today! Roads here are clear. Trees still have a little ice, but the dusting of snow has melted. We managed not to spend any money those two days either!

Today, the plan is to get out to get groceries for the rest of January, so back to spending. I'm adding toilet paper, cat food and litter, and laundry detergent to the list. This is an attempt to be be stocked up during the month of February since we are attempting a low spend (no spend) month.

I did just order a water filter for our fridge on Amazon. I used the balance of my Amazon gift card ($3.98) and Discover cash back ($2.52). I only paid $10.45 out of pocket.

I'm close to redeeming for Bing Rewards and Swagbucks again. I will use those $30 in February to get more filters for our vehicles. We realized we are a bit overdue for cabin and engine filters.

I cashed in 1650 MyPoints this morning for a Subway gift card. I will send it to my oldest daughter when it arrives. Hopefully, a gift in her Valentine's card. This will be the second gift card I have redeemed in the last 2.5 months with MyPoints. I have given both to my daughter. It's an easy way to give her a few extra surprises in the mail.

Oh, I guess I was suppose to write about taxes! Almost forgot. We have my husband's W2 forms, the new 1095 (health care), our mortgage interest statement, and a several other 1099s. I'm still waiting on the form from the university showing money we paid. Once that arrives I think we will be ready to start filing taxes. I will likely use FreeTaxUSA again. It seems to work for me.

Have you started your tax return? Do you have all the documents you need? Are you doing a no spend month this year? Have you redeemed any credit card rewards or points from another program recently?

5 Responses to “Getting Prepared for Filing Taxes”

  1. Kaycee Fisher Says:



    Nope. Don't have any paperwork yet. I work in the tax field and am in no hurry to file.


  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    I submitted mine Tuesday morning, the first day returns were being accepted. I owe the IRS $127, which will draft from my checking account on 4/10. I am expecting a $1023 refund from the state, and am surprised I have not received it yet.

    My returns are so simple.

  3. Jenn Says:

    I ran our numbers through to see how things look, but I can't really do them until I get the W-2. Historically, that's been the first week of Feb.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    You are a smart cookie using rewards and points. It's great you are so organized and can do that. Good job!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm still waiting on my W2 and the health care form, plus a few 1099INTs. I have enough SBs to cash in for a card right now, but am waiting for the first to get another discounted AGC.

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