Say what you want about New York and it’s so called high property taxes. You want to live in a McMansion, you’re a target and you will pay a hefty price for that luxury. Ditto if you want to live in New York City and the surrounding five boroughs. But if you’re an every-day person, such as myself, and live a smallish lifestyle in upstate, rural New York, the gods up above take kindly on your soul (as well as your pocketbook). Provided you follow the rules.
Our Governor Cuomo tries as he might to get people who are here in New York to stay here living in New York. He’s working hard right now to reverse the $10,000 SALT property tax write off limit (click here) imposed by the current administration. Me? I’ve never known anything near as much in high property taxes. I live smallish, remember? For us, Cuomo has a different property tax strategy. He set the most any town’s annual school taxes can rise up to no higher than 2%. If your town is able to follow the governor’s guidelines, he’ll send every homeowner a tax relief check as a thank you. Needless to say, our town residents put tremendous pressure on the school board to keep expenses in check. Each and every year, they stay within the guidelines and each and every year everyone gets their Property Tax Relief Check. This year we got $451.64 back in our relief check!
The other frugal things I’ve been doing of late, mostly have to do with food shopping and preparing more and more meals at home. I started making my own breadcrumbs (from bread ends and little bits and pieces whirled in the food processor and stored in the freezer). I’ve also started making my own salad dressings and reusing the commercial dressing bottles they came in to store my own salad dressings. I’m starting to wash & reuse plastic zip-lock storage bags (they’re getting to be too expensive lately!) I’ve also discovered ways to utilize leftovers. For example: did you know that if you rub bacon grease on a potato, add a touch of salt, wrap it all up in aluminum foil and bake in the oven, you get a super yummy tasting baked potato? I didn’t know that so I started saving my nitrate-free bacon drippings. I’ve also been picking up more loss leaders as well as last-date-of-sale meats and poultry. The money saved is substantial.
And, it’s soup time! And baked banana bread time! And meatloaf and baked potato time!