May we all just pause for a moment to revel in the brownie points I'm garnering with Hubs by doing a post on this topic? Tax deductions are my man's love language.
Thirteen years of marriage to my clever husband have taught me that garage sales are a colossal waste of energy and money. A few years ago, we started not only giving away unneeded items to a charity, but we began documenting our items very carefully--keeping a detailed list of what we gave, and even a photograph of each batch before we sent it off.
That may sound like a lot of work (it's not, compared to a garage sale), but the benefits have been surprising. The dollar amount the law allows you to claim each unwanted item for is WAY more than you could get for it at a garage sale.
That last sentence is the clunkiest thing I've ever written. This is what happens when I try to discuss anything remotely math-related. You know what I mean. (For more info, see this software--it's what we use to track it all. You'll be blown away by the value of your stuff, seriously.)
Basically, my point is that donating items to charity (instead of selling them in garage sales) is a major win/win: the charity gets the benefit of your items and you get a fantastic financial benefit. In fact, you might save just enough to...oh, I don't know...pay for a hot pink Dell laptop for Christmas?
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