Wednesday, February 27, 2013

7 Ways to File Your State Tax Return For Free

It isn't too hard to find a place to file your federal tax return for free (here are 3), but finding a service to file your state return for free is a little more difficult. I did a little looking around, and found out that in most states, you can file your state taxes for free if you make under $57,000 per year. 

Free State Tax Returns Online:
1. - This is a not-for-profit with funding from the Walmart Foundation, The United Way and H&R block – and they offer free state and federal tax returns if you meet the criteria.

2. TurboTax Freedom – The free version of TurboTax is available to filers with adjusted gross income of $30,000 or less. If you live in one of the following states they will also allow you to file your state return for free… AL, AR, AZ, GA, ID, IA, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NY, ND, NC, OK, OR, RI, SC, VT, WV. If your state is not listed it will cost you $14.95 to file the state return. – Filing your own taxes with is easy. In order to be eligible free federal and state income tax filing, you need to make less than $57,000, a valid email address and your Social Security Number. 

4. Taxhawk – Prepare, print, and file your federal taxes online for FREE! Your state tax return is FREE if your income is less than $20,000 and you live in the following states:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.
5.  On-line Taxes – This one is pretty simple. You just need to be under 20 years of age and you can get your federal and state return filed for free. If you don’t qualify both returns cost $7.95. They are a little bit different than many of the other places in that they offer free customer service with a toll-free number, E-mail, and Live tax help. They also allow you to view the forms BEFORE paying.
6. You can also go directly to you state’s Department of Revenue website to see if they offer a free filing option. For a shortcut, head over to this page which has links to each states free efile (if they have one).
7. Yes, it sounds a little old fashioned, but if you really want to file your state return for free and don’t qualify for the options listed above, you should do your taxes on paper and mail them in to the state. If you have already completed the Federal form online, it should be pretty easy to fill out the state return. You can get the forms FREE from your local library or you can print them off at your state’s Department of Revenue website.

You can also go to the IRS website Where's my refund (about 7 days after you submit your return online) to get the status of your return and refund.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Find Out Who Pinned Your Blog!

If you have a blog and are on Pinterest, you need to know this nifty little trick! While I was blog hopping one day, I came across a little blurb about how to see who has pinned items from your blog! At first I couldn't get it to work, but i will show you how to do it, and what mistake I made initially. 

PJH Designs says 
"First, have you ever wondered what is being pinned on your blog to Pinterest if anything? Well here is the link to find out!"

Just type in

The mistake I made, was just copy/pasting my blog URL onto the end of this. You do not want the http:// part of your blog name. You want it to look like this:

It will also show all the pins that you, yourself may have added from your blog to PinterestIsn't that a nifty trick?

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Free Birthday Gift from Aveda $25 Value

My birthday is right around the corner, so I am signing up for freebies galore!! 
Join Aveda's Birthday Program and get a free customized gift (valued up to $25). You can choose between a free Personal Blends, Pure-Fume Spirit or body care product. Near your birthday they will send you a postcard you can redeem at a Aveda location. You can also get a free travel-sized Aveda Hand Relief ($8 value) if you share with five of your friends.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Free Valentine’s Day Personalized Greeting Card is offering a Free Valentine’s Day Personalized Greeting Card – Select “send it to me first” and shipping will be free!

Enter promo code MYHABIT to make your card free! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2 Great Wedding Planning Freebies

Wedding Paper Divas is offering a FREE Wedding Website. You can easily create an ad-free personal wedding website complete with online RSVP capabilities and more! Click here to make yours!

I know a few of my readers are planning their weddings (congratulations!!) 
Hopefully this cool freebie will help keep you organized and on budget! You can print out a free budget chart, estimate chart and follow up sheets (for vendors). Brought to you by Bride2Be. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Love is in The Air (Another Craft Round Up) Valentine's Day

I have never been as into Valentine's Day as I am this year...maybe it is because I write the blog now, maybe it is running the party for my daughter's any case, here is yet another V-Day Round Up of Craftiness

Valentine Heart Banner

Valentine Paint Chip Banner by Domestic Super Hero

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Hearts by Taste of August

Kool Aid Lollipops by Whistle and Ivy
DIY Lollipop Molds also by Whistle and Ivy

 adorable Valentine candy corn mason jar gift at shaken together

Candy Corn Mason Jar Gift by Shaken Together Life

Felt Rose Topiary by Life on Lake Shore Drive


Coffee and Cocoa Soap by Nature's Home Spa
(YUM sounds like it would smell Heavenly!)

DIY Valentine's Day Stove Burner Covers by I Gotta Try That
(OMG I love this idea! I, too, have an older stove with burners 
and these are freakin' adorable!)

Do you have any Valentine's day Crafts you would like to share? Click the 'click here to enter' link below to submit your blog post! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Free Printable Valentine Trading Cards

You can customize these Valentines with photos, and edit the text with your own creative sayings. Perfect for printing at home for friends and classroom Valentines. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

FREE Owl Valentine’s Bookmark Download

Get a FREE Owl Valentine’s Bookmark download from Tracee at Teachers Paying Teachers. You do need to sign up with TPT, but it is free to join and they have tons of stuff to download for free or for a small fee. You do NOT have to be a teacher to join.