Donations

Give Back Box

If you do a lot of mail order, as I do, you are frequently recycling cardboard boxes. Would you like to know a better use for those boxes? Give Back Box is a charity that was established to reuse those cardboard boxes to donate clothing and small household items. Simply pack up your unwanted items in the empty box, go to GiveBackBox.com to print a label, and mail it to Goodwill for free. You can drop off your package at a local UPS store…

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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Remember back to last spring when you were preparing your taxes. Pretty annoying, right? Didn’t you hate digging through all your papers to find relevant information, some of which was already more than a year old? I bet you made a vow back then that you were going to be more proactive in the future. January is a great time to get things set up for a smooth tax process. As I described in Reducing the Pain of Tax Time, setting up some…

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Today, my sister and I finished clearing out our family home of nearly 40 years.  It wasn’t the home we grew up in — we moved out of that apartment three weeks before I graduated high school.  But it was where we introduced our parents to the men who would become their sons-in law; where we brought our children to play with their cousins; where we mourned our mother three years ago and helped my father reestablish his new life, which ended two…

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Consign for A Good Cause

Closets / Clothing / Donations / Handbags / Shoes / 

I recently wrote about how the internet has been a game-changer for consignment.  (See “A New Spin on Consignment“).  Now a website called Fashion Project is combining the new consignment model with charitable donation. Fashion Project — whose motto is “Fashion as a Force for Good” — enables you to donate your no-longer-loved stuff for the benefit of one of many charities with which they have partnered.  The process is simple. Select a charity from their long list, enter your contact information, and then pick…

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Reducing the Pain of Tax Time

Now that April 15 is safely behind us, it’s time to start thinking about how to make tax time easier next year.  I know you’d rather not think about taxes again for another 10 months, but taking a few small steps throughout the year will alleviate much of the pain. The key to simplifying tax time is to keep track of your tax-related income and expenses throughout the year.  Throwing everything into a shoe box and then trying to make…

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