December 4, 2013
I'm waiting in an unexpected car repair. Thankfully my mechanic (whose voicemail was full) showed me some favor when I showed up first thing in the morning to see of there were any openings. He took me right away. She tip: having a good relationship with a good mechanic is a recommended. What should have been a quick repair turned I to a three hour wait in their customer lounge. I'm typing this from a cushy couch ad wishing this waiting room had a Kerig. What I have instead is a character study I whose is waiting for their car. The first guest to join me is tiny woman who came ready to sleep complete with slippers and a blanket. She glares at me on the couch, pulls a wooden chair I front of a bench props her feet up, snuggles under her blankie and falls asleep. I did not know what to do when her phone started blaring a concerto for five minutes, and I thought I was a deep sleeper. Did I mention it's 10 am? Maybe she works nights. Maybe waiting rooms should have a sleeping area because I really want to watch Dr. oz but I'm afraid I'll wake her.
Ways she can save
She can slash her grocery bill by purchasing a filter for her faucet, instead of buying weekly cases of water bottles.
Remember, in-season produce costs less than out-of-season.
She can save on shoes with a trip to her local shoe repair; replacing soles on shoes can extend their life and eliminate the need for a new pair (unless they are fabulous and affordable).
About 65 percent of all clothes that are dry cleaned could be washed at home.
Shop the online "clearance" bins.
If available, use a store's free in-house personal shopper and specifically ask for the deals.
She's paying for college
Approximately 20 percent of families that are eligible for higher-education tax breaks don't know it. Log onto www.irs.gov and check out these possible tax breaks:
American Opportunity Tax Credit
Annual Tuition Deduction
Child Tax Credit
Dependent Care Credit
Also check out www.savingforcollege.com.
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