We are finally going to be able to itemize this year after many years of not being able to, thanks to a new mortgage. I went through the pain-staking task of adding up the sales tax on EVERY FREAKIN' PURCHASE we made this year. The grand total? Almost $4000 in sales taxes. Uncle Sammy would spot us less than half of that. I'm glad I went through the exercise. This year, it was worth it, but it took me many, many hours to add all those darn receipts up. I'll do it again next year, but will likely not have as many big ticket items (thanks to the new home)...so, it will be an interesting exercise next year to see if it is still worth it.:-)
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