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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2006, 04:26:50 AM »
Cut your own hair.  Or , if you're less adventureous, have a friend do it.  
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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2006, 03:43:13 PM »
The power company here in Salt Lake has a program where if you use less electricity between 7am and 10pm (or something like that), you get a discount on your bill. But you have to sign up for it (and if you go over, you get penalized), and you could really save on energy costs. You might want to see if your power/gas/water companies have similar programs.
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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2006, 05:43:45 PM »
If you're not paying utilities through an apartment there are also equal pay programs, especially for gas, where you can pay the same thing every month all year.  This balances out the times when bills would be high or low and gives you a predictable way to keep your budget.
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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2006, 09:47:25 AM »
It is if you have both, which most people do.

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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2006, 10:46:30 AM »
One word: Tax Returns (okay, that's two words). Yahoo! They just might be the thing to save you this time of year...unless you have to pay in....ugh!
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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2006, 11:08:24 AM »
Yeah, definately starting to dislike tax returns. Bunch of money-hungry grub eaters they is.
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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2006, 11:25:38 AM »
"Tax returns yahoo!" is three words.

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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2006, 12:22:17 PM »
The problem with being a student and working student-ish jobs is that you often don't make enough for the employer to worry about withholding all that much. So be sure to take all the education credits (Hope, Lifetime Learning) you can--did you know you can get a credit for your tuition even if it's paid for by loans? Just that little thing, combined with the fact that I qualified for the whatchamacallit credit, which people usually think is just for families... ? I don't remember what it's called. Anyway, in a year at BYU (after I'd turned 25, which is the minimum age for that one credit I can't remember the name of) in which I hadn't had practically anything withheld, I ended up getting $300 or $500 back, a heavenly sum in those days.
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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2006, 01:17:00 PM »
Earned Income Tax Credit?
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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2006, 01:56:13 PM »
On that note!

Get your withholdings reduced on your paycheck if you're getting big tax returns. In the long run, you'll be better off because you'll be able to buy the clothing/food as you need it instead of waiting for the beginning of the year all the time.

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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2006, 07:44:58 PM »
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Earned Income Tax Credit?


Yes.
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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2006, 10:54:18 AM »
I loved earned income credit. I don't know why we get it, but I'll take it.

Okay, here's another one: dumpster diving.

I've had friends that practice this to different degrees, but the most extreme cases really got some good finds. Well, it always seemed that way at the time, but then everything's good compared to an old soggy banana peel.

Personally I haven't been able to eat 'my catches,' from the bakeries, but my friend, who took us has served them to us plenty of times without us knowing. Ha ha.

Other guys I know find furniture and computers, just random random stuff. If you go at the end of semesters when people are moving out, some people just chuck their stuff, instead of putting them in the DI boxes (that's another discussion).

Actually I got my dishes that way. They look like they're coated with yellow sugar cookie frosting paint with flowers (if anyone's missing them). I had no way they were dumpster dived for, lol (is that the way you say that?), but when I found out, it somehow made them cooler (even though they thought I'd freak out). I made sure that I soaked them a long time though.

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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2006, 11:01:33 AM »
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is it just me...or do I see Irish People?

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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #28 on: February 28, 2006, 11:35:19 AM »
of course, it makes much less sense now that everyone's nick has changed.

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Re: Starving Artist Guide
« Reply #29 on: February 28, 2006, 03:28:57 PM »
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I loved earned income credit. I don't know why we get it, but I'll take it.


Its from the Bush Tax-cut that got passed 2 years ago.  In a nutshell you get money from the government if you make less then a certain amount (about 12k for single students I believe).
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