Tips for the Reuse of Holiday Packaging

Gifting is an important process during the holiday seasons; and packaging is the important part of any gifting process. This wrapping and packaging involves the use of packaging supplies which then goes wastes after the holidays are over. The biggest danger of this amount of waste is for the environment.

Although the experts in packaging industry keep suggesting people about using smart ways to package the gifts in order to maintain good environment, the education doesn’t quite seem affecting the huge masses. In this scenario, it is the need of the hour to use different means of information sharing in order to let the people know about what they can do with the bulk of packaging supplies in order to ensure sustainable environment.

A few tips are worth mentioning in this regard.

Use of repurposed materials

The wrapping paper is usually a material which is discarded immediately after a gift in unwrapped. This discarding of wrapping contributes to the generation of huge bulk of wastes. So, you can use newspapers or torn-out magazine instead of new wrapping paper in order to wrap the gifts.

Consider recycling

The habit of recycling is great. it can not only help you save money but it will also help you save environment. While you can wrap the gifts using materials which can be used further, there is nothing that you can do about the gifts that you receive. However, there are still some methods to use the wrapping paper of received gifts.

  • While unwrapping, make sure that no damage is being done to the wrapping paper.
  • If the wrapping paper gets damaged, convert it into shred in order to make a decoration for the multi-colored confetti.
  • Store leftover wrapping paper safely for the next usage.
  • Use the wrapping paper to wrap the books that need more safety.

Use boxes to organize things

The gift boxes you receive with the gifts can be used in the home from a number of different perspectives. Here is what you can do with the gift boxes.

  • Use them to store your ties and other things.
  • Use them in the office spaces to store business cards, paper clips, pushpins and sticky notes.
  • Place rubber bands, toothpicks and twist ties while organizing your kitchen.

Encourage your kids to play with the boxes

Boxes that you receive as gifts can be used as toys for your kids. You can either make them some toys with those boxes or give them colorful papers, scissors and glue to apply their creativity in order to prepare whatever they want.

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A Short Chat About Deducting Moving Expenses

Stocking up on cheap moving boxes is one way to save some money during the moving process, but what about a tax deduction for the rest of the expenses?  Obviously, you can’t claim “cheap moving boxes” as a write off, but is there any part of a move that you can claim?  Like, what about when you have to move for your job?

It’s true that the government will give you back more on your tax return if you’ve moved for work.  But only SOMETIMES.  There are certain qualifications, obviously.  That’s the way it goes with government and taxes, or else everyone would be trying to get a tax break for moving one pile of boxes from one room to another.

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First of all, you really do have to be moving for work, which means that there needs to be a job already lined up where you are planning to go, which means you already have to be hired.  You can’t move somewhere new with the hopes and intentions of getting a new job and then say that it’s for work.  That’s the first requirement.

The second requirement is that the move be of a significant distance.  Now, thankfully, the distance isn’t really that great, in the grand scheme of things.  A mere fifty miles.  This is pretty much nothing to most people who are used to moving, especially for work.  Most people wouldn’t even bother moving the fifty miles at all, to be honest.  But still, the option’s there.

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After meeting these two pretty simple and straightforward requirements, the third is that you can’t quit your job right after moving.  You need to work a required number of weeks during the following twelve to twenty-four months after your move.  Of course the government doesn’t’ want to help foot your bill to get you to a new location just to have you take a break off from work.  The whole point of the tax break for moves related to jobs is that it keeps people productively employed.

If all of these three requirements are going to be met, you can start preparing for your tax deduction.  At this point you can annotate how much you spent on your cheap moving boxes, along with everything else (so long as they fit in the designated time frame).  In general, the costs of packing, shipping, unpacking, and storing your belongings can be included on the tax form.  Be careful, though.  The IRS is going to notice, and protest, if they see you’ve tried to sneak in an all-expenses paid vacation on the way.

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