Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 2009

Hi everyone,
If you didn't make it to Winco this past week, there is still one more week of their sale. I flier came in the mail near the beginning of the month. There are some great coupons in it. There are also some great deals that require no coupon. These prices are good through December 13th (next Sunday).

Navel Oranges limit 10 lbs - .18/lb
10 lb. bag of russet potatoes limit 1 - .68 (that's 6.8 cents per pound!)
Petite Sirloin Steak, family pack - 1.88/lb (one of my favorite all purpose cuts of beef)
Pork Sirloin Roast (in the bag) - .99/lb (also one of my very favorites cuts)
Deli Sliced Roast Beef - 1.98/lb
Co-Jack Cheese - 1.98/lb
8 inch pumpkin pie 2.48
Walnut Halves and pieces (bulk) 1.98/lb
Raw Shell on Shrimp 2.98/lb (in 2 lb bag - 5.76 each)
Wild pacific keta salmon 3.98/lb
Planters peanuts 16 oz.- 1.79 (good for your food storage)
marshmallow 16 oz. - .78

I went last night and they seemed to have plenty of everything still. We'll be having a pork roast for dinner tonight and then pork stir fry later this week. For the petite sirloin we will have swiss steak and cilantro lime tacos. I'll include that recipe, it's a good one :)

Other things to think about: I found this quote on Safelygatheredin.blogspot.com If you haven't explored this blog, I highly recommend it. Load of good recipes, thoughts, and quotes all regarding provident living.

"Provident living requires us to develop proper attitudes—a willingness to forego luxuries, to avoid excess, and to fully use what we have—learning to live within our means.



Unrestricted by programs and projects, bricks and mortar, the Lord’s real storehouse is indeed in the homes and the hearts of His people. As the members of the Church follow the counsel to become self-reliant, they represent an immense pool of resources, knowledge, skills, and charity available to help one another. This storehouse, the Lord has said, is “for the poor of my people, … to advance the cause, which ye have espoused, to the salvation of man, and to the glory of your Father who is in heaven.” (D&C 78:3–4.)"



Robert D. Hales, “Welfare Principles to Guide Our Lives: An Eternal Plan for the Welfare of Men’s Souls,” Ensign, May 1986, 28


Think about trying to get your donations made for the Idaho state tax credits before the end of the year. There are two categories and the donations can be made by cash or non-cash items. The two credits include one for Educational Entities (school or libraries mostly). Books, DVDs, Video Tapes, CD are some good examples of what may be donated to the library.

The other credit is for donating to Youth and Rehabilitation facilities. The most common of these that people donate to are the ARC and the Idaho Youth Ranch. Unfortunately the DI does not qualify for this credit.

For both of these you can get a credit of 50% of the value of what you donate on your state tax return up to a credit of $200 (for each of the donation categories - Education and Youth and Rehabilitation). That is $400 off of your state taxes!

Below is an excerpt from the Idaho Individual Tax Return Instructions. Please see the full instructions http://tax.idaho.gov/forms_indiv_09.htm or your tax professional for information specific to your situation.



LINE 25 CREDIT FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO IDAHO

EDUCATIONAL ENTITIES

If you donated cash or goods to qualified educational entities, you may claim a tax credit.

The credit is limited to the smallest of:

• one-half of the amount donated,

• 20% of the tax on line 23 (total tax owed for the year),

• $100 ($200 on a joint return)

LINE 26 CREDIT FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO IDAHO
YOUTH AND REHABILITATION FACILITIES

If you donated cash or goods to qualified educational entities, you may claim a tax credit.



The credit is limited to the smallest of:

• one-half of the amount donated,

• 20% of the tax on line 23 (total tax owed for the year),

• $100 ($200 on a joint return)

See this for complete instructions: http://tax.idaho.gov/pdf/2008/EPB00004i_10-24-2008.pdf#page=6

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