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Sales Tax Update

January 18th, 2013 at 06:57 am



**Tracking sales tax, just to see how much we pay, on average.**

Observations:

**Groceries seem largely non-taxed. We pay taxes on cat food and cat litter and such. Those are the only things I noted being taxed, above (Groceries).

**I couldn't make heads or tales of my Target receipts, until I JUST figured out that the total "after 5% red card discount" was being taxed. GOT IT! It finally makes sense. I just had to say it out loud, and I finally figured it out. So, the RedCard is earning me more snowflakes than I really realized. I hadn't thought about also saving on sales tax for everything I buy. Woohoo!

At Target, we paid taxes on wine and socks.

**I never shared that when I went to grab Calendars at Michaels that the calendars were marked at $2 (full price). Which is where I always buy my calendars because they are so cheap (though nice). Anyway, I had a 20% off coupon, I believe. They rang up something like 70%-off and the cashier thought it was "cute" that I had a coupon. I don't know if I would have bothered to seek out a coupon if I knew they were basically 60-cents each. BUT, since I had the coupon, OF COURSE I was going to use it.

It was also the first smart phone coupon I have ever redeemed. Probably made it extra cute. LOL. "The lady with the fancy phone wants her 24 cents discount." Yes I do - I got to pay for this fancy phone! Big Grin **I did thoroughly enjoy saving ink and paper.**

**Oh - I asked dh to take care of the passport photos for me. At home. You can do that at home. (Is that awesome or what?) He told me it seemed complex, we didn't have the best printer or paper, yadda yadda yadda. I told him, "Whatever." Life has been so crazy this month. I really meant, "Whatever. Whatever works for you. Lord knows *I* do not have the time to figure this out, and I understand you are busy too." So he got the passport photos and said, "OMG what a ripoff!" Yes dh - I Was WELL AWARE. I guess what I should have said, "Whatever, but you know it will be like $20 to get them done..." Because if I had said that, he would have done that at home. Lesson learned!

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Dh just made the wise observation that this is one reason eating at home is so much cheaper. Our food is largely non-taxed. So true! This is especially true if you live in a a higher-tax state. I think 8% sales tax is on the high side, so maybe we notice more benefits eating home more than if we paid no sales tax on eating out. Paying a 8% premium on all your food, plus tips, sure adds up!

2 Responses to “Sales Tax Update”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I love the line about the fancy phone lady with the coupon! LOL. That is funny, and I would have used it too. I think I may have to get a smart phone...they have so many handy and money saving uses.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Love that getting a $.24 discount!

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