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Last 31 Days Of 2008: Donate To A Charity

Donating to a charity will make you feel good about yourself and will help your community, country or planet. And if you make that donation before 2008 ends, it will also help your financial situation because you’ll be able to write off the donation on your taxes in 2009. If you don’t have a favorite charity already, here are some suggestions:

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides patient care for children afflicted with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and researches these diseases.
  • The World Wildlife Fund aims to protect natural areas and wild populations of plants and wildlife worldwide. But if you’d like to give locally, check out Animal Charities of America, which is a nonprofit federation that pre-screens high quality national charities working to protect animals.
  • The National Veterans Foundation brings awareness to the needs of America’s veterans. It also provides veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential resources.
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council works to restore Earth’s air, land and water and defends endangered natural places.
  • If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation now, you can also make an in-kind donation or volunteer your time. Keep reading »

    The Last 31 Days Of 2008: Get A Sweet Tooth

    Since we are all going to resign ourselves to lose weight as our New Years Resolution, I might as well finish out my 2008 eating like a greedy girl. My total obsession is sweets. Cookies, ice cream, cupcakes. Love them all and could probably OD on chocolate all day long. I don’t need to eat a balanced diet with Godiva in my life. As an ode to my addiction, I’d like to try and whip up a decadent chocolate cake. Baking is very therapeutic and there’s nothing better than smelling that wonderful aroma of something cooking from your oven. I’m going to try this one from the Food Network.

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    Last 31 Days Of 2008: Pay Your Cobbler A Visit

    You know those really fabulous boots you’ve been dying to own, but really can’t afford? Forget them. Now’s your chance to breathe new life into your worn boots and shoes for a fraction of the cost of a new pair. Most cobblers can put a new heel or sole on any kind of footwear. And some can stretch a pair of shoes or even turn a pointy toe into a rounded toe. It really doesn’t make sense in this economy to spend a ton of money on a frivolous purchase when you can just update what you already have. I have a classic pair of lace-up boots from the 90′s that I can still wear because my cobbler changed the sole and polished them recently. Keep reading »

    The Last 31 Days Of 2008: Go Shopping For A Man

    I don’t have any men in my life who need presents — except for my dog, of course — but making a trip to the men’s department is going to make these last few days of frantic shopping bearable. Why? Because there are handsome things to take in, and I’m not talking about what’s for sale. Just look at this model on Steven Alan’s website. After seeing his cute, scruffy face, I feel so much better about having not bought a single present. Keep reading »

    The Last 31 Days Of 2008: Get Your Buzz On

    I think I may be one of the few girls that’s out here that does not own a vibrator. But after shopping for batteries with a girlfriend of mine who insists she has one in every color and every size, it got me thinking why haven’t I ever brought one? Is it embarrassment to go into a sex shop? Is it shame because I haven’t gotten any in awhile and the idea I need an object to stimulate me humiliates me a bit? Whatever the reason is, it’s time to change all that! Thank goodness for Annika. She told me to start off small with a pocket rocket…that sounds enticing. Hit up stores like Babeland.com for the best selection in female friendly sex toys.

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    The Last 31 Days Of 2008: Buy Something You Can Write Off On April 15

    There’s only 16 days left in 2008 and 120 days left until you absolutely HAVE TO pay taxes. That’s why you should make any big purchases, which can be written off, before the end of the year — for example, I seriously need a computer at home so I don’t have to tote my laptop home every evening. If I hit up the Mac store and buy it before December 31, I’ll be able to write it off on my taxes when I file on April 15. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the economy is in shambles and a computer is a big purchase, but if you need something anyway, you should buy it now so you can benefit financially, at least a little, in 2009.

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    The Last 31 Days Of 2008: Use Up Your Sick/Vacation Days

    If you’re a working girl, you have a certain number of days you can take off for vacation, illness, etc., and at a lot of companies, these days off don’t carry over into the next year. Make sure to use as many of your days as possible before the year ends — just don’t so much that your boss realizes you’re dispensable.

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    The Last 31 Days Of 2008: Make Prints Of Your Digital Photos

    I have thousands and thousands of digital photos on my computer and maybe three photos actually framed in my apartment. Why? Because I’ve been lazy about getting my favorite photos developed. While digital cameras are awesome for the sheer immediate gratification factor, they also have contributed to the lack of long term appreciation for those same memories. Therefore, while there’s still a few days left in 2008, go through your Flickr, Picasa, and iPhoto albums and select some of your favorite images from the last year and order prints! Give your apartment a much needed dose of homeyness by displaying those memories to appreciate on a daily basis.

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    The Last 31 Days Of 2008: Do The Thing You’ve Been Putting Off

    I bought a lamp at a thrift store for $1.95 over the summer. It’s a beautiful thing — white porcelain with tiny gold stars along its edges. The only problem was that it didn’t turn on when I plugged it in. The lamp sat at home, useless, until I finally got fed up and went to Home Depot. A nice older man taught me about rewiring, and I even learned how to do an underwriters knot! Take the next couple weeks to complete the project you’ve had on hold for ages. Just do it, okay?

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    Last 31 Days Of 2008: Get A Bra Fitting

    We already suggested that you should get rid of your gross underwear, but we also think it’s time to get some new bras. You may not know this, but you, like most women, are probably wearing the wrong size. A bra fitting at a reputable lingerie shop (the H&M underwear section doesn’t count) will fix that. So don’t be shy. We did it! And you can watch, after the jump… Keep reading »

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