Tax Donation Item Value Estimator

It’s that time of the year again… your W2’s and 1099’s, and a host of other tax-related forms are coming in the mail. As of right now, it may seem like its a long way off, but its just over 2 months away (63 days to be exact). This is the point in time when I start to break out in cold sweats, thinking about getting everything I need together and to my tax guy in time, and not the day before they are due.

Part of that process each year, is figuring out how much all of the items I’ve donated to charitable organizations (The Salvation Army, Goodwill, Savers, etc.) is worth, so I can get that to my tax guy. So, as I started pouring through receipts, I was looking around for my printed list I’ve had for years, and could not find it. I did a quick search, and found the list I normally use, and started looking through it.

Here is a list of different lists available out there:

I however wanted to have a searchable list… I did some looking around on the interwebs, and didn’t find anything. I got sidetracked from my taxes, geeked out, and made a website and an app available through Google Play app store, Donation Estimator Smile

It is by no far a complete list as of yet, I am constantly updating the backend database. Give it a download, check it out, and let me know if you find it useful! It is also available as a web site here:


Investing 101

Image result for investing confusionJust a quick little post today, very busy with my day job, but a comment from a friends on the Books of Face today reminded me to post this up here.

Investing can be confusing. Especially if you maybe just have a 401k which you contribute to automatically (set it and forget it investing for most people).

I found a great series of short articles which gives a great short and simple overview of investing, and covers topics of compounding interest, types of investments, portfolios, and diversification.

So, if you’re interested to learn a little bit more about investing, I urge you to check out this article at Investopedia: Investing 101: A Tutorial for Beginner Investors

About this blog…

Hi, my name is Geoff*. Nice to meet you!

I’m in my mid-to-late thirties now. Previously divorced (and now engaged to a wonderful woman!), with two kids. Before it looked like I had it all on paper. Two houses, two kids, two cars… I made great money. I wore nice clothes. I had a home in the city I was renting out. I had a house in the suburbs with a huge yard and a pool…

…I was also horribly in debt. I had sold off my stocks, 401k, and everything else I had to keep afloat, and even then I couldn’t keep my head above water.

Fast forward about 2 years – recently divorced, starting over from scratch. There were plans in the works through the divorce agreement to sell off the houses, and pay off the debt, so I knew there was an end in sight for that… but here I was, starting a new life, with virtually nothing in the bank, and living paycheck to paycheck.

It was time to start  Saving for Me. I did not want to work until I was dead. I want to travel. I want to give my kids a good life. I want to retire at a respectable age with my soon-to-be wife, and travel some more, and live well.

This blog is a story of what I have done so far, and continue to do to build up some wealth, a nest egg… so hopefully it can help someone else.

* It is the original proper Anglo-Norman spelling of the name before it was Anglicised as Jeff.