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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: April 2011

Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty

Great Steals and Deals around town and online to save you the big bucks and help you keep more of your hard-earned money!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring and Easter freebies

Here is a list of Spring and Easter Freebies!

Earth Day Freebies:

Get a Free Tree at Lowes on Saturday, April 23

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Free Easter vectors:

Free Easter cards:

Free Easter printables:

Easter candy coupons:

Free Easter craft ideas:


Applebees: Kids Eat Free on Easter

This may vary by location so you will want to call ahead to make sure your area is participating.

Mr. Food Easter Celebration Recipes

The spring holidays are coming, and that means you’ll be looking for a load of easy recipes for entertaining! That’s why this free eCookbook is hopping your way, ’cause it’s chock-full of Easter dinner recipes, Easter dessert recipes, and even Easter brunch recipes. Whether you’re doing the entertaining for the spring holidays or you need some great take-along dishes to be a good guest, we have loads of delicious traditional Easter dinner recipes and scrumptious Easter dessert recipes to please your whole crowd.

Free Easter Cookbook: 17 Excellent Easter Recipes, featuring 28 pages of Easter recipes. Take a look at just some of the Easter recipes in this

Free Printables and More From Hershey

Hershey has tons of fun stuff for Easter on their website!

• Printable Scrapbook Embelishments

• Printable Coloring Sheets

• Printable Easter Basket Tags

• Printalbe Easter Activites and Games

• Themed Egg Hunt Ideas

• Screensavers

• eCards

• Crafts and Recipes

Hop Into Spring Free Easter Craft Projects and Recipes eBook

Hop into spring with this free eBook full of Easter craft projects and recipes. Find free Easter craft ideas to decorate your home, give as gifts and entertain the kids. Send homemade Easter cards to friends and families from our collection or find some different ideas for Easter egg decorating. Complete your Easter festivities with a collection of hand-picked Easter recipes from

Some of the Easter Crafts Included in this free eBook:

• Glitter Chicks Card (pg. 12)

• Needlefelted Easter Eggs (pg. 22)

• Garden Bunny Easter Box (pg. 42)

• Dyed Felt Spring Wreath (pg. 53)

• Easter Pom-Pom Chicks (pg. 69)

• Easter Egg Mobile (pg. 80)

• Cherry Easter Biscuits (pg. 91)

FREE Crafts and Printables from PAAS!

PAAS is always joining our family at Easter Time! Dyeing Eggs is a yearly tradition in our household as well as in many homes! You will find the following fun activities and crafts at

Bunny Headbands

• Bunny Easter Egg Cartons

• Coloring Pages

• Online Easter Egg Games

• Egg Tips, Tricks, and Recipes

You can also snag a coupon for .50 Heinz Vinegar to score yourself some egg-cellant savings at



Trina a/k/a Sister Thrifty

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How to save BIG on your taxes

Death and taxes…kind of the same thing, right? Does the mere thought of tax time send you into a panic attack? It’s that time of year again! Ugh.

Tax time can mean a nightmare of headaches, wasted time and huge accountant bills. It is estimated that the average American works 4 months just to pay off federal and state taxes owed each year. How can we possibly get ahead? The rich seem to get richer and the poor seem to get poorer. Why is that? Well, one thing the rich do that the poor don't is know how to take advantage of every legal, ethical and moral tax deduction available to them.

Real estate is one way to accumulate tax deductions. Another terrific tool that allows you take deductions is having a home business of some kind. Whether it's selling Avon or designing craft items for local fairs, having a home office can save you BIG on tax day. Most small business owners are often concerned about tax deductions because they are not really sure of what items or expenses can legally be deducted and what constitutes a real business. The IRS expectations are that anyone claiming expenses from a business is truly operating, on a profit level, a business.

There are certain standards that the IRS uses to determine what is a legitimate business or not, and any self-employed person intending on taking itemized deductions will want to be within those standards. Once legitimacy is determined, then entrepreneurs will be pleased to know that most work from home individuals never take the full reductions possible. Adequate record keeping and good professional help should aid in working with taxes.

Many of the things you are currently paying for in your home business could be legitimate tax deductions:

• Your computer

• Your internet connection

• Your long distance and cell phone service

• A percentage of your rent or mortgage if you have a home office for your Multi-Pure work

• The initial investment costs to start your business

• Office equipment and furniture

• Conferences, classes, continuing education

* Vacations

• Car, mileage, maintenance

* Restaurants and dining

* Entertainment expenses

* Airfare, travel expenses

Items that can NOT be deducted are:

* Clothing

* Gym memberships

* Gifts over $25

I suggest you talk with a tax professional before taking any tax deductions, of course. Having a home business could save you thousands of dollars this year alone! I found some software designed specifically for network marketers called “MLM Tax Helper.” It just might be what you need so you can spend less time worrying about your taxes and more time sharing your business message with others! Check it out at:

I also spoke with H&R Block, who graciously offered a $25 discount for Sister Thrifty subscribers! You can print out your coupon here:

Just remember to keep good records and consult with a tax professional. Another great resource is       Good luck this week!


Sister Thrifty a/k/a Trina Boice

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