Donating Household Clutter and Taking a Tax Deduction

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Unfortunately not everything in your home is considered a tax deduction if donated. There are rules to follow when taking a tax deduction for your donated items. Household items that can be deducted if donated are furniture and furnishings, electronics, appliances, linens, and other similar items. Household items NOT included would be food, paintings, antiques, other objects of art, jewelry, gems, and collections. Every year, I have a yard sale.

How to Furnish a New Home For Next to Nothing

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Since there were four chairs and only three fit at the island, we repurposed the fourth chair by painting it and using it as a decoration in our spare bedroom. We painted the chair white (it used to be espresso brown) and freshened up the beige suede seat with a mustard color fabric that went well with the room. Typically they don’t want to bring it to the dump or donate it because the item is in good condition.

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Go Green This Halloween

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Buy one then sell, donate or exchange it. If your child (or you) just has to have that store bought costume with all the non-biodegradable materials (you know, that one that costs you at least $20), then after its typical one time use, just donate to your local charity or sell it at your next garage sale or online. Mom’s black cape, some makeup and a piece of cardboard cut and painted black to make bats ears can make someone into Dracula.

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Celebrate 75 Degrees & Sunny with RoseArt!

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RoseArt (#ChalkFullOfFun) is donating $50,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of America to support art in the community. Join the fun and make it a family event; paint your sidewalks and driveways with RoseArt Sidewalk Chalks and Paints (all washable!)! The Sidewalk Chalk Paint is such a cool product – I can’t wait for my babies to be old enough to play with this!

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Spring Cleaning Tasks to Get a Head Start On

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If you plan to re-organize your closet and drawers, take the opportunity to go through your clothing and sort it into “keep”, “discard” and “donate” piles. Donate the items you no longer want to keep. If the ingredient stays in my pantry for longer than two months after having done this, and it’s not crossed off of my “inventory” list, I donate it to the Food Bank.

LIKE Valspar and Help Habitat for Humanity!

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On Valspar’s Facebook page, Valspar will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity, up to $100,000. As the national paint partner of Habitat for Humanity, Valspar Paint is committed to reaching the goal of $100,000 – so we need your help ! For more information or to join Like to Change the World, visit Valspar Paint on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ValsparPaint. For every new “like” received between Wednesday, January 4 and Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Clutter Free

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If you buy your child a new doll, make sure that you donate or sell another one of her toys or you’ll end up with a toy room filled with toys your children don’t play with. My children love to draw and paint, and I love seeing their work. I’ve taken pictures of my son’s favorite preschool paintings and drawings, and when I see a good deal on photo books, I’m going to create one for him and toss the originals.

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Don’t Recycle, Reuse

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Before throwing away old clothing, I snip the buttons off and remove working zippers (unless I’m donating the item). If you want to get fancy, draw, paint or sew buttons on it for eyes. We save them to use for a variety of purposes, such as holding paints, storing popcorn bags and yes, making Christmas cookie tins. Recycling is great for the environment and we should all be doing it (in spite of my title), but reusing is even better.

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Am I Frugal – or Cheap?

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I save tape and paper and old paint drop sheets. I had to part with $35 to buy one of those paint masks to even be able to apply it. There is a lovely thrift store not far from my neighborhood that receives donations from the folks in the local golfing gated community. Sometimes I wonder about myself. All my life I’ve been careful with money, most of the time through necessity, but now just through habit.

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8 Great Things that You Can Find at Thrift Stores

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When you are looking at furniture, you want to look for irreparable problems, but you should also consider what some sanding and some paint might fix. As a result, many people donate books to charities and thrift stores. These stores often have a lot of these items because people will donate old items when they upgrade to new ones. Don’t forget to enter to win an iPad 3 here at PET. Only 2 days left.

Free Weekend Activities

Saving In Akron

You can also donate books or stuffed toys. Lakeshore Learning – Saturday 11am-3pm, Free make-your-own Peacock with feathers, wiggly eyes, glitter paint and more! Here is a list of some great, FREE activities this weekend. Thanks to Janae at Keeping Cents for this great list. AC Moore – Saturday 1-3pm, Free Make & Take Bloomin' Thomas Train: Kids color a Thomas train and add flowers to get Thomas ready for Spring. While supplies last.

Children’s Music on a Budget

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Clap sticks from decorated paint stirrers. Relatives – Great Uncle Joe may still have that trumpet he used to play and might like to donate it to a future generation! If you are like most parents, you want to raise your children well – to develop their mental and physical aspects completely. Most people know that music education helps grow children’s brains.

Don’t be a Buy-It-New Snob

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Fashion changes and new or nearly new clothing gets sold at sales or donated to charity. Hubby re-painted it and has used it for many things around the yard and grounds. It is hard to guess what this might have sold for when first painted, but it is beautifully done and the colors are perfect for our master bedroom. Are you a ‘buy it new’ snob – one of those people who shudder at the thought of using someone else’s cast off stuff? I was for awhile.

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Free Weekend Activities 11/11

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From 2-3pm, Make-It Take-It Martha Stewart Crafts Paint Ornament with purchase of ornament. Jude Children's Research Hospital Benefit: For a $5 donation to St. Here is a list of some great, FREE activities this weekend. Thanks to Janae at Keeping Cents for this great list. Always check with your local store to confirm they are participating! AC Moore – Saturday 11/12 from 1-3pm, Make a Holiday card to send to the troops.

Free Weekend Activities 11/2

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The Home Depot – Saturday 11/5 from 9am-Noon, Free Kids Workshop: build and paint a picture frame for Veterans Day. Meet Geoffrey, Try out this season’s hottest toys, Create your own Holiday Wish List and Toys"R"Us will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every Wish List created. Here is a list of some great, FREE activities this weekend. Thanks to Janae at Keeping Cents for this great list.

Amazon | 40% off Select Crayola Products (Today ONLY)!

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Here is a preview of what you will find: Crayola Ultimate Art Case with Easel – $8.99 (was $14.99) Crayola Special Effects Sidewalk Chalk – $4.79 (was $7.99) Crayola Chalk Press ‘n Paint Tool – $7.19 (was $11.99) Crayola Air Dry Clay Variety Pack – $7.19 (was $11.99) Crayola Color Alive Coloring Pages – $6.59 (was $10.99) Crayola Imagination Art Case (Amazon Exclusive) – $14.99 (was $24.99) and MORE !

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Amazon | 40% off Select Crayola Products (Today ONLY)!

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Here is a preview of what you will find: Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection – $8.99 (was $14.99) Crayola Chalk Set (72-count) – $10.19 (was $16.99) Crayola 8-oz Finger Paints (6-count) – $11.39 (was $18.99) Crayola Construction Paper (240 count, 2-pack) – $8.99 (was $14.99) Crayola Color Wonder Refill Set – $13.79 (was $22.99) and much MORE! Grab something for your kiddos or make a donation to your kid’s school!

Save Money – Develop Important Home Owner Skills

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If, right away, you learn how to do things such as painting, cleaning (filters, dryer vents, refrigerator coils, carpets) refinishing (floors, furniture and etc) and lawn equipment care (cleaning air filters, changing spark plugs, sharpening blades, etc) – you can save yourself a bundle really fast. Sometimes the most financially rewarding scenario is to donate it to a tax deductible charity!

Crayola 70-Piece Art Supply Set – $9

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40-page construction paper tablet for coloring, drawing, painting, cutting and gluing. This is a great set to have at home for your little ones or grab it as a donation to your local elementary or daycare center. Head over to Walmart for the Value of the Day! Grab this Crayola Creative Art Supply 70-Piece Set for only $9. This deal is just in time for back to school! Here is what you will get: 48 non-toxic crayons. 8 non-toxic colored pencils.

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Crayola Creative Art Supply 70-Piece Set ??? $9

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40-page construction paper tablet for coloring, drawing, painting, cutting and gluing. This is a great set to have at home for your little ones or grab it as a donation to your local elementary or daycare center. Head over to Walmart for the Value of the Day ! Grab this Crayola Creative Art Supply 70-Piece Set for only $9. Here is what you will get: 48 non-toxic crayons. 8 non-toxic colored pencils. 8 non-toxic Gel FX markers that are washable.

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6 Tips to Save Money On Home Décor

Saving Cents With Sense

One project that almost anyone can do with just a few of the right tools is painting. Pick out your desired paint color at the hardware store and ask the sales person what you will need to paint a room. If you can’t sell something, consider donating it and at least getting the tax write off. Just be sure to keep your receipts so that you can get the tax credit for the donation. It is no secret that most people today are trying to find ways to save money.

Office Depot & OfficeMax Back-to-School Deals | July 27- Aug 2

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Prang Watercolor Paint – $2. My boys aren’t in school yet so we don’t need many of these but we grab them anyway and donate to Stuff the Bus! There are some awesome deals at Office Depot and OfficeMax this week. I was super excited to see a bunch of $.25 25 deals and a $.01 01 deal. The penny deals require a $5 minimum purchase but there are so many $.25 25 deals, that you can get almost all the way up to $5 just buying those! Buy 3 each of all six of the $.25

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Are You Going To Eat All THAT Candy?

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Some may like the idea of dressing up as a certain character, getting to wear make up or a painted face, going door-to-door with friends/family/neighbors at night (in the dark mostly)and yes to some kids… it’s all about the candy! The rest has been donated to Daddy in the past. Science Experiments – Pepper Paints & Kids Health. Donate - Halloween Candy Buy Back. This is a Guest Post brought to you by Leah Smith from Kids Kitchen.

Retail Coupon Roundup: Aeropostale, Express, Macy’s + More

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Donate your old jeans at Aeropostale and get 25% off a new pair of jeans. Aeropostale Coupon – 25% Off Jeans Purchase when You Donate Old Jeans (Exp 2/24). Sherwin Williams Coupon - 25% Off Paints and Stains and 15% Off Painting Supplies (Exp 2/25). Here is a list of the top retail coupons for the week. Great deals can be found at many of your favorite stores. And Macy’s is offering 20% off select sale and clearance merchandise. Happy shopping!

"Potential Accomplishments" and The Natural Magic of List-Making: Creating a Master~List

Frugal Luxuries

painting the vanity.finding another place for the extra vintage suitcases stacked atop one of the armoires.as " All things on earth point home in old October. " --Thomas Wolfe ~~~ As you probably already have guessed, I am a list ~ maker and leave very little to memory. In fact, the only thing I really leave to memory is where I put my lists ! I ' ve found that lists are an invaluable tool for staying focused.

Local Readers: Come Touch-a-Truck on Nov 3!

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There will also be food, a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting and more. Little J collects books at his birthday party each year and we donate them to Austin Children’s Shelter. I know I don’t normally post local deals and events but for all of my Austin, Texas readers I wanted to share about this event. One reason is that it just looks so cool and also because it benefits a cause I love!

Freebie Roundup 7/29: TONS of Great Freebies Still Available

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I can’t tell you how many times a free sample has come in handy, plus you you can always donate or give away what you don’t need! . Free Pint Of Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Paint. This was a hot week for freebies and most of them are still available. I suggest signing up for ALL freebies…even the ones you don’t think you’ll need.

Shower Mom With Love Giveaway – Day 3 – Comfort Gifts For Mom

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Plant Assortment: mini tomato, cockscomb, basil, painted nettle, chili pepper, thyme, busy Lizzy, lemon balm, parsley and French marigold; Click & Grow is always testing plants to expand their selection. Since 1982 Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million dollars to educational and charitable organizations worldwide.

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Art of Happiness

Work With What You've Got

ETA* Here I am with the artist and one of my paintings! So my favorite artist also happens to be my next door neighbor. I bought two of his pieces at a show a while back before we really knew each other. I now have 4 total. I just adore his style. It is at once happy, bright, and fun as well as dark, desperate and sad. Saturday we went to a showing of his work in Oak Cliff.

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A.C. Moore Partners with Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Nicoles Nickels

Shoppers can also donate to the foundation via the purchase of paper “lemons” at checkout. Be sure to leave enough space above and below the Brite Yellow so that it’s not painted over. Allow 15 minutes to half hour for the paint to dry. You all know how much I love companies that give back and A.C. Moore is doing just that with their Alex’s Lemonade promotion this summer! Nothing says summer more than craft projects and lemonade stands. This year, A.C.

GIVEAWAY: Family 4-Pack of Tickets to Touch-A-Truck

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There will also be food, a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting and more. My boys collects books at their birthday parties each year and we donate them to Austin Children’s Shelter. I have a super fun giveaway today for all my local Austin readers! I wanted to share about this event because it benefits a cause I love and because it is SO fun. We went last year and my boys have been begging to go back.

Season of Sharing Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway – Day 2 – Young Kids

Nicoles Nickels

B kids will donate a portion of its toy proceeds from specialty retail partners. Each time a customer buys an Interactive Story Buddy® at a Hallmark Gold Crown store, Hallmark will donate an Interactive Story Buddy to Toys for Tots. Hallmark will donate $1 to Toys for Tots each time one of the Rudolph®, Santa Claus, Clarice® or Bumble® itty bittys is purchased. Product Name: Crayola Color Wonder Gel Paints, Classic Colors Purchase Information: crayola.com Product Price: $4.99

Top Restaurant & Retail Coupon Roundup | 2/8

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If you’re planning on dining out or shopping this weekend, be sure to check out this list of restaurant and retail coupons. Save at places like: JoAnn, Marie Callender’s, Rue21 and more.

Free Family Events & Activities Round-Up 11/5

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The Home Depot : Saturday 11/5 from 9am-Noon, Free Kids Workshop: build and paint a picture frame for Veterans Day. Meet Geoffrey, Try out this season’s hottest toys, Create your own Holiday Wish List and Toys”R”Us will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every Wish List created. Here are some free events and activities you can enjoy with your friends and family this weekend!