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post #141 of 429
Justmama, that really sucks about your taxes. Are you claiming your children? We wont be getting a huge refund either and once we pay off debts we will be pretty much broke once again. My sil keeps trying to bug us to go cross country to visit now that shes moving and Im like, where do you think I have been hiding that vacation fund? LOL. We are dreaming much more small scale splurges like new kitchen stuff. But I do have some things to be grateful for, like delicious cinnamon rolls baked by my neighbor, new children books from freecycle, and that its grocery week and the pantry isnt bare.
post #142 of 429

Yeah.  That's the cra*y thing.  I claim the oldest and youngest and he claims the middle.  Every year.  I did it and couldn't believe it.  I triple checked it on turbo tax and the irs.gov EITC calculator and such and was like, " well poop.  that stinks." :irked

post #143 of 429

Hmm... I wonder about how that's going to work out for every one Justmama. I haven't gotten records to test mine out yet but my cousin tried hers and thought hers was awfully low as well. I'm a little concerned how that's going to work out for us. I really wonder what's going on with the tax issue. Has anyone filed yet or tested it out and got what appeared to be a *normal* number compared to previous years? I'll report back once I test ours. 

 

LOL zebra yes that would be *RUDDDEEEE*!!! What's really bad is I live deep in the south and will still have the too hot to function summer. :irked I'm really surprised that we are having winter storm weather at all. It's definitely not bad compared to northern areas standards but for us it's not a good thing since we're so unprepared for it. I'm just shocked to have it at all! I'm a southern girl... cold is not my friend... definitely not cold of the ice, sleet and snow variety. :cold

post #144 of 429
Thread Starter 

I tried my taxes and its about 1k lower refund than last year and I made the same.  NOT HAPPY... (nothing changed at all)

post #145 of 429
Hmmm. You ladies got me freaking out! According to dh he fiddled around with tax act and it was the same refund as last yr. We made a smidge more but are in the same bracket.
post #146 of 429

Yikes! You aren't the first person I've heard that from either. I'm concerned now. Especially since there are so many things I want/need that money for including new car seats for the kids. Blah.

post #147 of 429

i'm not sure why anyone is getting lower tax refunds this yr. did you get all your credits? additional child credit is about 1k maybe tax act didn't put it in? I got back accactly what i did last yr -100 dollars because i earned a bit more this yr.

post #148 of 429
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by pollyanna02 View Post
 

i'm not sure why anyone is getting lower tax refunds this yr. did you get all your credits? additional child credit is about 1k maybe tax act didn't put it in? I got back accactly what i did last yr -100 dollars because i earned a bit more this yr.

Yes all the credits, all the deductions, all the same as previous years.  I was planning on the refund money for new glasses and some other things as well as paying off a bill.  As bad as it sounds, the bill wont get paid because mommy needs glasses. (no i cant order frames online, that does not work for me)

post #149 of 429

Zebra - I know you said that you haven't had luck with ordering frames online but do you maybe have frames you could get new lenses put in by an online company so it'd be cheaper? I know I have a pair of perfectly good glasses sitting here because I got the wrong frame size for me off line. My new ones (ordered online as well) are much better. They came with a little eyeglasses measurement card to help you measure to get the correct frame size. I'm sure a local eyeglass place would have something similar they could give you or I wouldn't mind mailing you mine if you'd like and thought it might help. I bought my glasses - frames, lenses, and all - from zennioptical.com shipped for about $16.00. 

post #150 of 429
So yesterday I rearranged two rooms to save twenty-thirty bucks. I know you low income mamas can relate. I needed a safe place for my small chest freezer and dont have the mney right now for a lock and outlet cover that my kids would probably figure out. So now its in my bedroom lol. Ah apt living! We are going to my parents today and I think they can actually go outside to play if they bundle up. Then home for hamburger, red potato and corn soup and of course housecleaning. I have a really big grateful- as of jan 1 we have been completely aid free! Our kids are on our ins now.
post #151 of 429

That's great happyhat! I definitely understand the arranging in small spaces. My deep freezer is sitting in my living room because there's no way it'd go in the kitchen. Of course I don't have a bedroom either though... I gave up my room and let each of the kids have their own rooms and I sleep in the living room. It keeps the peace just slightly better in our house. Ha actually since I'm sleeping in the living room I guess I could say the freezer is in my room also. Gotta love small spaces! LOL

post #152 of 429
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Originally Posted by crazyms View Post
 

Zebra - I know you said that you haven't had luck with ordering frames online but do you maybe have frames you could get new lenses put in by an online company so it'd be cheaper? I know I have a pair of perfectly good glasses sitting here because I got the wrong frame size for me off line. My new ones (ordered online as well) are much better. They came with a little eyeglasses measurement card to help you measure to get the correct frame size. I'm sure a local eyeglass place would have something similar they could give you or I wouldn't mind mailing you mine if you'd like and thought it might help. I bought my glasses - frames, lenses, and all - from zennioptical.com shipped for about $16.00. 

 

I've had my zennioptical glasses for 3 days and today the lens just fell out! So irritated!
post #153 of 429

Oh that sucks! I've been using them for a few years now for me and dh. Check to see if they have a return policy of some kind. I have never had that happen personally to need to use a return so hopefully they're good about it. I'm waiting on dd's new glasses to get repaired for the lenses coming out and those were through the doctor's office. It's been over two weeks. :irked

post #154 of 429
Thread Starter 

Glasses- Ive had excellent luck with Lenscrafters (or whatever they are called now). eyemasters, something like that.

they know what i need, what types of lenses, what to do to the lenses so i can see, how to set them, how to make them, what frames will work for my face and my rx.

 

well i gotta pay rent and 2 dr's this weekend.  there goes the money from my account.  nothign left for february.  need to do the taxes and be grateful for whatever I get back.

post #155 of 429
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Originally Posted by micah_mae_ View Post
 

I've had my zennioptical glasses for 3 days and today the lens just fell out! So irritated!

 

Probably any local place will pop it back in for you - I've had that happen to me too {but not with my Zenni glasses}. They might charge you a couple of dollars to do it, especially if it needs a new gasket or glue. I would contact Zenni & let them know what happened - they might refund you or give you a code to get another pair cheaply.

 

I'm going on a year now with my Zenni $12 shipped glasses, and I love them. I am HARD on glasses - I am lucky most of the time to get them to last a year as they get dropped / banged a lot plus I have very acid sweat that eats the finish. My Zenni's look like new with the except of the frames did stretch a bit in the first week or so - but that tends to happen with ones from a optical place too. My only regret is I didn't get the anti-glare coating {because I was broke & barely could afford glasses at all}. And for $12 I couldn't beat the price - the local place wanted close to $300 AFTER MEDICAID paid their part.

post #156 of 429

Happyhats, congratulations on being completely aid free!!!!  That's incredible.  :joy

post #157 of 429
Thread Starter 

See my eyes are funky, i can not see with out anti glare, anti scratch, transitions etc.  its not gonna happen at zenni plus i have to try on the frames.. if the arms are too thick its a distraction to my eyes and blurrs my vision.

glasses and shoes i can not order online... le sigh.  oh well..

 

and state insurance doesnt even offer adult vision only kids. so i gotta pay the entire thing.  ugh

post #158 of 429

With regard to taxes, something like 100 or more tax credits and deductions expired this year. That may be why some refunds are lower. I am a teacher and they did away with the dedcution for the money I spend on classroom supplies. Also, once my son turned 17, I was no longer able to claim the child tax credit for him. That really sucks because he costs more now than he did before! (Don't they know how much a 17 boy eats!!??) I am terrified to do our taxes, but I have to do it soon to fill out FAFSA for my son.

post #159 of 429

Agh all this tax talk has me nervous. We have been shut down the last few days due to weather so I haven't been getting mail. Hopefully the w2's will come in quickly so I can check ours. Anything will be a help though at this point. I got together money for medical bills and now more have come in. I thought I could pay off all the bills and only have the one that's $600ish from dd's procedure but not now. We have two more bills from their doctors and now I have an extra almost $800 on top of that one even after I pay off the ones I got the money for. We're gonna be paying medical bills for a while. :( 

 

One big grateful though: Babies R Us is having the great trade in sale so I can save over $50 on trading in to upgrade the kids carseats (desperately needed and seriously stressing me with the dangerous road conditions lately)

post #160 of 429
Well ladies before you write off getting a tiny refund this yr fill everything out. I just got my hubbys w2 today so I filled out everything and we are getting back significantly more than I thought. For us I believe its due to being able to deduct hubbys student loan interest. In previous yrs we were on ibr plans.
Edited by happyhats - 1/30/14 at 4:12pm
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