Amanda Stanhaus

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TurboTax Commercial


Doing my taxes with TurboTax is like attending a trivia night with a theme of me!

This was how I was going to introduce tax season this spring, and then I saw this commercial.

It’s only January and taxes are due April 15th, but its never too early to start filing my taxes.

TurboTax makes taxes fun! My personal experience tells me this. But for those unfamiliar with TurboTax, their commercial pretty much sums it up.

I’m the best person—no, not my accountant father—to answer the question, what did I do this year?

I did get a new job, and then I prepped to change jobs.

My man and I discussed our future, but no wedding. And no baby.

Oh, when I moved I donated a lot of things.

Once I answer these general questions, I am rewarded for keeping my receipts, as I am easily able to answer the detailed number-specific questions.

I had so much fun answering TurboTax’s questions, maybe each of us should hold true or false trivia nights about ourselves after tax season.


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Credit Card receipt confetti


I have a love/hate relationship with credit card receipts.

I know better than to throw them away, fully intact for just anyone to copy the #s and my signature.  Plus, they are super helpful when I need to return a purchase. And I appreciate them when I need a confirmation of a suspect charge on my credit card.

Ugh, but they take up a surprising amount of space in my not-so-spacious apartment.

At the end of every month, I make confetti out of the receipts that are more than two months old. I do leave out the receipts of major purchases during my confetti creation. But otherwise, no receipt is too tiny to be further cut up.

Enjoy scissor sisters!

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Resturant Review


Reviewing my evening, I realized that I spent an awful lot of $$ on a slice of quiche and a glass of wine.

Of course I didn’t have the receipt to double check the list of charges. I’m going to throw it out anyway, so why not have them?

(click on the bold-faced vocab words:))

My late night detective work (i.e. pulling up the menu on my mac) made me realize they mistakenly charged me for three glasses!!

Can’t do anything about it now….

But from this day forward, I pledge to…

– review my bill before paying

– count my change (if dealing in cash)

– keep my receipt (crucial for credit card purchases)

– shred the receipt only months later.


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)


Slip of paper with the details of my purchase, $ amount, name and partial credit card #. I like to keep these.

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy vocab blog: XO, Bettie Vocab.)