Daily Resolution: Avoid a Taxing Time of Year

With the close of the year close at hand, start gathering your documents and receipts to be used for submitting your taxes. Even though you still have plenty of time, start organizing your plan of attack. Make lists of deductions, put together verification of transactions to be noted, contact your tax preparer (or find one) and discuss the past year’s income and expenditures. Starting January 1st with an understanding of your tax situation can help you toward better strategies for the upcoming year. And this will only help you get that refund more quickly or give you the time to pay the government what is owed.

Daily Resolution: Rejoice! Re-Gift!

Inevitably there are things you will receive for the holiday season that you do not need or do not care for. Before it sits in a drawer or a closet, immediately re-gift it to someone who may appreciate it. Try a gift trade with a friend or family member who also has items to unload. Donate items to a charitable organization. Simple items can go a long way for someone in need or add a special touch to someone’s life. Rejoice in the power of re-gifting. How many Starbuck’s gift cards do you really need?

Daily Resolution: Boxing Day

Examine the leftover boxes you have handing around, and before you throw them away, consider recycling or re-using them. Sort them by intended purpose: sturdy corrugated ones make great mailers, shirt boxes for last minute needs, or bags for baked goods the next season. If a recent holiday or birthday has passed, sometimes even wrapping paper can be salvaged for smaller gifts to be wrapped next year. Be sure to remove any labels or gift tags before re-using!

Daily Resolution: Open Your Heart

Set your worries aside. Count your blessings. Think only positive thoughts. Sing a song. Smile often. Enjoy the company of others, but appreciate time for yourself. Eat something sweet. Tell people you love them. Do a good deed. Reflect. Make a wish. Be at peace.

Daily Resolution: Refinish Something

One of the greatest joys in the life of an old piece of furniture is being spray painted. Seriously, nobody wants to be a boring shade of brown or white their whole life, right? Look up some YouTube videos on how to refinish furniture and pick an old piece of furniture that could use some touching up. Bonus points for choosing a vibrant color, like yellow!

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