What I did with my income tax refund

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I got my income tax refund last week. Woohoo!  2010 taxes done and closed. Although many PF sites will tell you that getting a tax refund means that you are giving the government an interest-free loan, I am still pleased to get a large chunk of money once a year.  It’s a great way to make a large dent in… something.  When I was younger, I used to spend away the money, but I (think I...

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Using medical deductions in your tax return

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Many people are fortunate enough to have benefit plans which completely cover their health and dental needs. But many other people only have partial coverage and still many others are not covered at all. I used to be fortunate enough to have all of my medical and dental needs covered at 100%. But after going back to school and taking a work placement, my benefits have evaporated. Luckily, Brian’s...

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Free and fun entertainment

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I used to think that to go out and socialize, I needed to spend money.  I often found myself spending money in excess of what I had budgeted just because my friends were doing so. I didn’t want to seem like I was putting a damper on the evening. Recently, I read an article from Krystal at Moneyville that I really connected with.  Krystal identifies this ‘peer pressure spending’...

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Ode to a chef’s knife

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My six year old chef’s knife broke yesterday during the making of shepherd’s pie.  It was a good knife while it lasted – $11 from London Drugs, but had superb balance and strength, was easy to sharpen, and had no issues with rusting or staining.  *Tear*  I’d like to blame the bf and his questionable culinary skills, but after a thorough post-mortem (it had a half CENTIMETER tang, if that!)...

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