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Is It Deductible? We Evaluate 12 Common Expenses

Feb 27th 2011 5:02PM Hi Lindsey!

Prescriptions written by a doctor ARE deductible, once your medical expenses are more than 7% of your adjusted income.

I have been able to deduct medical expenses for several years, but I am a "seasoned citizen" (late 70's) and have been in the hospital every January since 2001, due to several health problems: Hernia surgery, ProstateCancer Surgery, left knee replacement and indepth rehab, heart attack and triple bypass, right knee replacement and rehab, skin cancer surgery, and so on...
It really wasn't done just for the deduction, however, it was mainly to keep me alive!! Considering the alternative, I don't regret the surgeries....but I DO NOT RECOMMEND them just for the deduction.
...and, yes I AM on Medicare, but Medicare paid very little of my surgical expenses! Most people on Medicare will know what I'm talking about...it's STILL very expensive to be really, really ill, EVEN when you have Medicare!

Is It Deductible? We Evaluate 12 Common Expenses

Feb 27th 2011 4:40PM Hi James!
Not all teachers pay into the pension funds meant for them. In Wisconsin, the teachers don't pay a single cent for their own retirement or medical insurance.

Consumer Reports: Best Multigrain Chips

Feb 15th 2011 3:52PM I wholeheartedly agree with Paul L. Klein and his endorsement of ALDI!

The only problem I have with them is that there are not more stores around. It's just over 40 miles to the closest one to my home. Luckliy, I go to that city once or twice a month, and drop into ALDI and load up. Saves me big bux!!

Their chips and guacamole are superb!!

Cliff

Low-Fat Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

Jan 27th 2011 6:21PM I made the soup, using Cabot Creamery 1% Milk Cheese, and it tastes great, however, it looks as if the cheese protein separated out, and didn't combine with the soup. giving it a bad appearance and "floating" clouds of cheese protein.

What type of "low fat cheese" is recommended??

David Arquette Enters Rehab Following Rough 2010

Jan 3rd 2011 11:41AM Just who the hell are David Arquette and Courtenay Cox, and why in the world should we care? People like this are, to quote a Vice President of the United States - "Texas Jack" Garner: "Not worth the price of a bucket of warm piss!"

Head of Harbor, Estate of the Day

Nov 4th 2010 6:44PM Hell, my home, while not as pretentious as THAT monstrosity, It does have a 300 Meter Rifle Range in the back yard, and is around 100 Meters from the hole where the NC State Record Smallmouth Bass was caught!

Cat Ladies -- Probably More Well-Adjusted Than You

Nov 4th 2010 11:43AM I had a cat, only once, but it was for almost 22 years!
He was my buddy!
A "Red Mackeral Tabby", he grew into a huge animal.
When he cam into our home, he was just newly weaned, and, technically, he was my daughter's cat. But, as children grow and change so fast, within 2 weeks, he was "my cat" (No one EVER really owns a cat, they choose to tolerate YOU, or not). My daughter named him "Brown Sugar", but to me, he was known as "His Royal Kattness", and even had a following on the internet! He had a great ability to choose stocks, bonds, and other investments. If I had Items that I was considering to invest in, I would write their stock symbols on slips of paper, and place them in his litter box. Those that he picked out, and placed on the floor outside the box were "Buys". Those that he showed his disdain for, were very obviously subject to his disgust by being buried amongst the "natural result of feline digestion". Over time, we became extremely close. If he had lived another two months, he would have been 22 years old, but we had to have him "put down" as his kidneys had failed, and he was obviously suffering, and quite badly.
I held him as the vet "worked her kindness" on him, and I cried over him for at least 2 weeks...every day that I came home from work, and he wasn't there, it broke my heart. I shall never have another one, not because I don't really, really want one, it's just that now, at my advanced age (I am a "seasoned citizen") it wouldn't be fair to the cat.

Mango BBQ Sauce

Sep 11th 2010 6:49PM Hey there, SAM1966!
Actually, almost anythihg, in moderation goes, but the real culprit with the overweight kids these days is they get far too much High Fructose Corn Syrup - which shuld be banned from human food (it doesn't metabolise the same as sucrose or glucose)- and not enough vegetables. They also spend too much time sitting around texting or playing with video games and computers instead of going outside and running,riding bicycles, climbing trees, and playing active games, and so on. A little tiny bit of sweetener isn't harmful, but loading up with it is folly! That, along with foods that are lacking in fiber cause the "fat little kids" - as I well know, because I was one, until the middle of the last century!

Mango BBQ Sauce

Sep 11th 2010 4:10PM ABSOLUTE HERESY!!! Thick, heavy, sweet sauce on good meat is a good waste of meat!
All that really good meat needs is a slight touch of vinegar, with a little salt and pepper mopped on it as it is s l o w l y , s l o w l y smoked indirectly over hickory coals. All that tomato, fruit, and sweetner totally kills the flavor of the meat and smoke! If you must have a little sweetness - when you serve it, serve a chopped cabbage coleslaw with a dressing of vinegar, a tiny, tiny amount of catsup, brown sugar, and salt & pepper

Genetically Altered Salmon Swim Closer

Sep 9th 2010 11:47AM Hi Upurs!
We are already at that point!

We reached the point where the great majority of Shrimp being sold in The United States of America is farm raised.

How else do you think that the price of Shrimp in the market has sunk so far that it's now almost impossible for a commercial shrimper to make a living at sea?

Over 70% of the Shrimp now being sold in the USA is farm raised fresh water shrimp, most likely from Indonesia or Viet Nam, with a smaller amount coming from US farmers.

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