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January 28, 2014

How to Clean Dishwasher with Vinegar

How to Clean Dishwasher with Vinegar

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I will admit I hate washing the dishes. I throw everything in the dishwasher. That is a super solution until you start to notice that your dishwasher isn’t as effective as it once was. I decided to Clean the dishwasher with Vinegar.Continue reading

January 26, 2014

Game Day Party Ideas

Game Day Party Ideas

Mixing It Up This Year

Super Bowl XLVIII is only a week away and I’ll admit my plan for preparing well in advance has gone by the wayside.  This year we’ll be hosting a party with a dozen friends and their children.  In order to simplify things, we’ve asked everyone to bring their favorite beverage and a staple snack such as chips and dip.

For our Super Bowl Party Ideas this year, we’ll be preparing the heartier food.  I plan to shop on Tuesday and Thursday in order to take advantage of last week’s and this coming week’s sale cycles.  Despite the fact I’ve failed to plan, I don’t plan to fail at saving.

The first thing I plan to do is go back through Madame Deals’ past  Game day posts.  Since we’ve been posting for a number of years, there is plenty to choose from.  I’ll start with Game day Preparation on a Budget.  After all, savings is always my goal.  The Pesto Bread featured in this post has become a favorite with our family and friends.

Baked Cheesy Pesto Bread Appetizer for the big game or any party

To start rounding out the Game DaySuper Bowl Party Ideas menu, we’ll add Hot Chicken Wings and Teriyaki Chicken Wings which are guaranteed to please both the adults and kids.  I’ve contemplated making Pulled Pork Barbeque in the crockpot since I already have the majority of the ingredients in my stockpile.  This recipe can be stretched by using mini slider buns instead of full-size hamburger rolls.  Quick tip:  Check your stockpile before deciding what to serve for any get-together.  If you already have ingredients, that’s extra money you won’t be spending to serve something to your guests.

Game Day Party Ideas

Last, but definitely not least, we’ll try three new dishes this year:  Super Cheesy Dip in a Bread Bowl, Cream Cheese Fruit Dip served with fresh apples and pineapple, and Fresh Lemon Hummus served with a variety of veggies.  By serving these with an abundance of fruits and vegetables, our guests (and their kids) will have the opportunity skip the dip and load up on something reasonably healthy.

Also check out our Game Day Party Finger Food Recipes

party finger food recipes

Tell us about your menu for the Game Day Party Ideas! Will you be serving favorite standbys or trying new recipes?

January 23, 2014

Donate Car for Tax Credit

Donate Car for Tax Credit

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You probably heard it more than a dozen times from tv or radio commercials or read it from newspapers or magazines ads, Donate Car for Tax Credit but is it really that easy? Yes it’s true that you can get tax credit, but the big question is how much tax deduction can you get? Some people tend to get smaller than what they expected. Donating your car to charity can benefit you with a significant amount of tax savings if you will do proper planning and you’ll have all the proper documentations.

How to Donate Car for Tax Credit

1. Make sure that you’re donating to a reputable charity, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization.

2. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), your deduction depends on how the charity uses your donation. If they sell your car (truck, boat, RV, or other vehicle), then your deduction will be the sales price. If they use it in other ways then you can use the car’s fair market value.

3. What is the car’s fair market value? The IRS suggests that you use a reputable used-car price guide such as the recent copy of the Kelley Blue Book to calculate your car’s fair market value. The private party prices are based on a vehicle’s make, model and overall condition.

4. Take note that there’s also a donate a car for tax credit rule, all taxpayer has a $500 threshold on vehicular gift. So even if the charity sells your car sells for $500 or less, still you can deduct $500 or your car’s fair market value, whichever is less.

5. Make sure that you keep a thorough list of paper trail. Most charities will report the sales price of your car to you on a form or a receipt, so make sure to have those documents.

6. Make sure to report the amount of your deduction. File all the forms necessary. If your deduction is greater than $5,000, you may also need a written appraisal as documentation.

Ready to donate car for tax credit? Donate Used Cars now, check out where you can donate your car.

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January 22, 2014

Donate Used Cars: Where to Donate My Car

Donate Used Cars – Where to Donate My Car

Where to Donate My Car

Donate Used Cars: Where to Donate My Car

Do you have a used car that you don’t need anymore? You may want to consider donating your used vehicle to charity. By donating you avoid the hassles associated with selling it, avoid the potential of repair costs, help a worthy cause and score a tax deduction at the same time.

Donate car for tax credit – You can use the price the charity got for your car in a sale as the amount of your deduction, this is true in case they sold it in auctions. If in case the charity sells the car at a discount to a needy individual or keeps the car for its own use, then you can claim a deduction for its fair market value.

Where to Donate My Car? There are a lot of charities where you can donate used cars and they will even pick it up for you, but before you do that one important tip to consider is to make sure that you’re donating directly to charities. Some middlemen or organizations will keep some percent of the value of your car for themselves and will just donate a portion to charity. To avoid this make sure to contact the charity your interested in directly and that charity is non-profit.

Another important thing to consider before you donate used cars is to make sure that the charity is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization. The IRS allows vehicle donors to receive the full market value on their vehicle as a full tax deduction, so make sure that you keep a thorough list of paper trail. Some important documents to keep are IRS Form 8283 for your tax return, outside appraisal if necessary, proof of the donation and a copy of the title change.

Donate Used Cars Now! 5 Places Where to Donate My Car

1. Cars 4 Homes – Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Organization. When you donate used cars to Cars for Homes, you will help your local Habitat for Humanity build and rehabilitate houses with families in need of affordable shelter. They accept Car, Truck, Boat, RV, Motorcycle, Construction or farm equipment and any other vehicle running or not. They provide additional tax documents when required by IRS regulations as a result of the sale value of the vehicle. An IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

2. Wheels4Hope – Non-profit, faith-based car donation program in Raleigh and Greensboro, NC. They provide transportation for low-wage families and individuals. An IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

3. Kars4Kids – Make a difference in a child’s life. They accept all cars, most boats and rv’s, and any type of vehicle in any condition, running or not. They fund educational, developmental, and recreational programs for Jewish youth and their families. An IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

4. American Cancer Society Cars for a Cure® vehicle donation program – Proceeds from the sale of your donated vehicle fund lifesaving cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services programs. An IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

5. Purple Heart Foundation – A not-for-profit charity and national organization composed of combat-wounded veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal. They support veterans & their families. You can donate car, truck, boat or RV. An IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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January 21, 2014

Crying When Cutting Onions

Tips Tuesday

Crying When Cutting Onions

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I hate cutting onions so I asked the age old question how do you stop your eyes from hurting and crying when cutting onions. I was really surprised by the tips. I decided to share them with you. I figured you may also be struggling with the cutting, chopping, slicing or dicing the onion.

Tips to Prevent Crying When Cutting Onions

  1. Have someone else do it for you
  2. Stick out your tongue the vapor goes to your tongue instead of your eyes
  3. Hold a match with your teeth the lit side out it absorbs the chemical (do not light the match!)
  4. Don’t cut the root end until the very end. They say the “toxins” aren’t released until the root is severed.
  5. Use Safety Goggles
  6. Wear a motorcycle helmet
  7. Peel under running water
  8. Slice near a burning candle
  9. Never tear it
  10. chew gum
  11. run it under cold water
  12. freeze it first
  13. only breathe through your nose
  14. Place in a food processor

Additional Tips

  1. Use a lemon once you are done on your hands to remove the smell
  2. Never leave an onion out that has already been used it will absorb toxins
  3.  If you are going to be cooking them (added to soup or browning them) go to food lion and buy the frozen chopped onion in the vegetable section. If you want them raw/crisper use fresh onion. 1 bag = 1 large onion and zero work.

Here are some of our recipes with onions:

Low Calorie French Onion Soup

1. Low Calorie French Onion Soup Recipe

2. Low Calorie Recipe: Beef Stew and Soda Bread

3. Low Calorie Chicken Enchiladas

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4. Low Calorie Turkey Burger Sliders

5. Risotto with Sugar Snap Peas and Spring Onions Recipe

Don’t forget to check out our collection of yummy and easy to make Recipes, if you have kids get them into the kitchen with our Recipes Kids Can Make!

Do you have Crying When Cutting Onions? Share us your tip on how to prevent it.

January 20, 2014

Benefits of Amazon Music Samples

Benefits of Amazon Music Samples

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 There are so many places on the internet where you can download or purchase CDs of new and old music. However, for me there is only one place that I will buy music from and that is Amazon. I began to use the Amazon Music Store because I was interested in the Free Amazon Music Samples. I continued to use the Amazon Music Store because of the many benefits that Amazon Music Samples offer.  Continue reading

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