Do you know what today is? Today is the day I sit back with my feet up because I finished filing our taxes for FREE with TurboTax (can you say REEEEfund!?) and along the way I was able to relive all of the memories we made in 2014. Really there is a nice story behind our taxes and it goes a little like this…
We started out 2014 as a family of five. My husband worked a job he liked but didn’t love. I was pregnant with our fourth baby. Wyatt, our oldest was in kindergarten learning sight words. Mason was in Pre-K learning letters and how to write his name. Every morning I would drag my big pregnant butt out of bed, get the kids dressed and drive them to school carting Delilah along too. At the time I dreaded it because I am not a morning person but looking back it is a time I cherish.
Around April my husband applied for a new job and in May I gave birth to Emmett. He is such a smiling, happy baby and I can’t imagine our family without him.
The beginning wasn’t easy with Emmett though – he spent the first week in the NICU. There were medical bills and lots of trips back and fourth to the hospital. We went at least once a day if not more and the hospital was about 25 minutes from our house. In the end he came home a healthy baby and has been perfect ever since.
While Mike was away I had to hold things down with the kids. We had annual doctor checkups, dentist appointments and school activities. I was thankful that my parents were around to help out! There were hard times but for the most part I loved every second of living with my parents. The kids are able to have the memory and my dad and Delilah became best buds since they hung out and watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse nearly every morning. When we moved we joked that we weren’t sure who was going to miss who more!
During our move we dropped off loads of stuff to a local pregnancy crisis center thrift store and seriously purged. We sold nearly all of our furniture besides for our couch and a couple of other pieces. It was great to feel like we had a fresh start and it has been fun thrifting and acquiring new furniture at cheaper prices so I can redo it just the way I want it.
All throughout the year I saved receipts for EVERYTHING. No matter what we bought I shoved the receipts away into gallon size storage bags and labeled ones that I knew I would use for medical, moving or job expenses. It seems crazy but after a few weeks it becomes a habit. A LOT happened for our family this year and most of it was great. Funny how brining home a bundle of joy, getting your dream job, and buying a new car are all things to celebrate and all things you will need for your taxes!
Since Mike had two jobs last year (his old and his new) we got the last W-2 we were waiting for last week and I went straight to the computer and pulled up the Turbo Tax website. We started doing out taxes with Turbo Tax last year. Before using Turbo Tax we had spent years having our taxes done and paying literally hundreds of dollars. Do you know how much we have paid the past two years with Turbo Tax? $0! I don’t know about you – but we work hard for our money so filing our taxes with Absolute Zero through Turbo Tax instead of basically tossing money in the trash for someone who really doesn’t care about my return is a no brainer! I know I will always care about my money more than someone else!
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