Win a free 2006 TaxCut Premium with e-file by sharing your tax filing experience

Our dear readers:

Thank you for visiting our blog. Yannick and I shared our tax filing experience on various topics such as filing as a non-resident alien or resident alien, claiming tax treaty benefits after becoming a resident alien for international students, an unpleasant experience with encrypted pdf tax forms, contributing to a 2006 Roth IRA and most recently how to deal with incomes from two states as a double-income couple.

Now here is the fun part. Someone from TaxCut came across my last post and thought my sharing was good. He has kindly given me a free coupon code to download a copy of TaxCut Premium (Federal + State + efile) , retail value of $64.99. I have no use of it and will give it away to one lucky reader through a lottery.

Here is how to enter the lottery:
You can either
1. Comment on this post and leave your email and nickname to enter the lottery for one chance to win,
or better yet, 2. share your tax filing method (manual, TaxCut, Turbo Tax, Turbo Tax+Quicken, or TaxCut+MS Money like us) to double your chance to win,
or the best, 3. share with us your experience briefly on how well the approach works for three times your chance to win.
You can enter the lottery before Noon Sunday (03/25) PT and the winner will be announced by Sunday night.

How to decide the winner:
Each entry will be assigned to 1, 2 or 3 unique numbers sequentially starting from 0. I will use a random number generator to generate a winner from the above numbers.

We were really satisfied with the TaxCut interview process and how seamless it generated 1040, Schedule A, B, Ds after pulling data out of MS Money. We are curious about how well the other approaches work.

Questions and comments? Good luck!!!

Free 2006 TaxCut Premium with e-file at!

Please enter a lottery before Noon Sunday (03/25) PT, for a free download of TaxCut Premium (Federal + State + efile) , retail value of $64.99. at my other web site: I have only one copy to give away, thus, it’s only hosted there.

Good luck!

Is hunting deals a really bad "hobby"?

I placed an order this morning for a 500W power supply. Free after Rebate.

Before I place the order, I first checked eBay

for its “reselling” price, then checked tax rate. then checked the review of the “rebate”. I clicked the “place your order” button after I feel that the probability that I will lose money on this deal is less than 0.1.

I made up this 0.1 probability myself. Can’t really pin down the probability” The UPC can be damaged, the power supply can blow, the check can get missing …. Nothing is really zero-probability, I just make up a number to make myself comfortable.

Initially, Yannick did not like my deal-chasing behavior. He considered it as “short-sighted”, “waste of time”, “waste of energy”, “low taste”.

After a long, long time, he finally stopped complaining about my deal chasing, because he finally figured that:
1. I am not chasing the deal, I am chasing the “feeling” of getting a good deal.
2. I may waste some “time”, but I do not waste money. Some times “hot deals” can get really expensive. I do not do those un-nessary deals. I either purchase something we really need, or if somethinge not get used in 3 month, I sell them (except for my clothing). I always check “resell” price before I make a purchase. And I almost buy things online, I do not evey pay gas for it!
3. Getting a good deal is a hobby to me now! It relaxes me from my boring work, gives me a tiney, yet sweet feeling of “achievement”.

Overall, getting a good deal is now (1) an inexpensive-hobby; (2) a good after dinner entertainment; (3) helping build frugal living style — why stopping me?

Now, Yannick encourages me to be a shopper! As long as I am a shopper that brings in money and decrease budget, as long as I am a shopper who are happy over the deals I am making, he is a happy too. Win-win situation!

Not sure how many shoppers out there are like me. Maybe I should start a deal chasing blog myself, and get more friends in the circle!

Hurry up! Ebay listing fee 50% off for Valentine day!

Hurry up! I went to check my ebay listing, and found this:

When is it?
One day only, starting Wednesday, February 14, 2007 between 00:00:01 PT (12:00 AM plus one second on Wednesday, February 14, 2007) and ending that same day Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 23:59:59 PT(11:59 PM plus 59 seconds).

I am not a professional ebayer, but I do go there time to time. What is it best for? Clean your house, reduce your burden before moving to another apartment…, and use the income to buy a cup of drink after a day of hard work.