Planet Box Review and Giveaway!!!

One of my favorite things about the end of summer is back to school shopping. There is something so nostalgic about shopping for lunch boxes, back packs, folders and pencils. I love it!!! This year, one of the items I was desperate to find was a reusable lunch box for my first grader. I wanted one that would last several years, wasn’t too bulky and was efficient. This was more difficult to find than you might imagine. I’m not a fan of themed lunch boxes. These get old after a couple of months (and I just don’t like superheroes and “bad guys”). After searching around on pinterest for some new and unique ideas, I ran across the Planet Box.

“Looking for an eco and easy way to pack healthy lunches? With right sized compartments made out of high quality stainless steel, PlanetBox is the smart lunchbox that guides you in packing a well-balanced meal quickly and easily. Part bento box, part TV dinner tray, our segmented containers are the best way to pack delicious, no waste lunches for school or work. Not your old fashioned metal lunch box, PlanetBox is truly lunch transportation for the green generation. ” The Planet Box comes in 2 sizes: The Rover is great for younger children, and the Launch is great for bigger kids and adults. Rover

  • SMALLER serving sizes
  • Wide variety of foods
  • 5 compartments, 2 Dippers for wet foods
  • Designated space for a little treat
  • Measures 10 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Kits range from $39.95- $59.95

Launch

  • LARGER serving sizes
  • 30% larger than the Rover by volume
  • 3 compartments, 1 Dipper for wet foods
  • Glass Satellite Dish for reheating foods
  • Measures 10.25 x 7.75 x 2 inches
  • Kits range from $49.95 – $79.95

A variety of kits are available for purchase. Just look at these products!

  • Utensils

  • ColdKit

  • Dippers and Satellite Dish

 

  • Magnets

 

  • Carry Bags

 

This system is so amazing. I knew I needed one ASAP. I chose the Rover system for my little guy. I tend to overpack food and this system is divided into just the right portion sizes. He will be able to use this for a few years before upgrading to a larger box. By then I can pass it along to my next little guy! How does the Planet Box System work: 1. Choose your size: Rover or … 2. Choose dipping bowl sets 3. Ice Packs 4. Magnet sets. Yes, you can personalize and change up the look of your box with magnets! Genious!!!! (We chose the Rockets of course) You can purchase the items individually or as a set. The Rover box fits perfectly into the case. It is about the size of a notebook and is slimmer than a regular lunch box. The website has several lunch packing ideas for both the Rover and the Launch system (complete with grocery lists!!!). I found a lot of inspiration for lunches while perusing this site. I know that Bento boxes are all the rage lately. These individualized compartments are perfect for bento box type meals. The tray can be washed out with soap and water or placed in your dishwasher at the end of the day. Easy and reusable!!! This is my favorite lunchbox of all time and my little guy just can’t wait to use it at school this year! One of our readers will win their own Planet Box Rover Basic Set!!!! (Winner chooses magnet set)

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 “A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”

Ask an Accountant: Ways to Cut your Tax Bill

It’s tax time! Momondealz’s “Ask An Accountant” series should help with many questions that may arise. Remember, if you have a tax question, Mr. Momondealz  is an experienced accountant and you can email him @ cjwtaxpro@gmail.com.

Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Do not rely on this column for definite tax answers as many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

Still looking for ways to slash your tax bill?

This year you have a little extra time to do so. Consider contributing to an IRA. Because tax day falls on a Sunday this year & April 16th is a Washington DC holiday, 2011 Individual Tax returns are not due until Tuesday April 17th 2012. This means you have until April 17th 2012 to contribute. Taxpayer (and spouse) can each contribute up to $5,000 to an IRA (6,000 if they are 50 or older at the end of 2011). This can certainly reduce your tax bill significantly and may also give you additional benefit due to a “saver credit” aimed at encouraging lower income taxpayers to contribute to their retirement.

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IRS Circular 230 Notice: Any U.S. tax advice in this written or electronic communication was not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used by the taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code or applicable state or local tax law provisions.

Ask an Accountant: Charitable Contributions

Did you know that Mr. MomonDealz is an experienced accountant?  The MomonDealz “Ask An Accountant” series should help with many questions that may arise. Remember, if you have a tax question, email Mr. MomonDealz at cjwtaxpro@gmail.com.

Charitable contributions can reduce your tax bill. Here are some guidelines for making the contribution:

1. If your goal is a legitimate tax deduction, then you must be giving to a qualified organization. Also, you cannot deduct contributions made to specific individuals, political organizations or candidates.
2. To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A. If your total deduction for all noncash contributions for the year is more than $500, you must complete and attach Form 8283 to your return.
3. If you receive a benefit because of your contribution such as merchandise, tickets to a ball game or other goods and services, then you can deduct only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received.
4. Donations of stock or other non-cash property are usually valued at the fair market value of the property. Clothing and household items must generally be in good used condition or better to be deductible. Special rules apply to vehicle donations. It is also recommended you have photos of the items donated for your records.
5. Fair market value is generally the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither are coerced, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts.
6. Regardless of the amount, to deduct a contribution of cash, check, or other monetary gift, you must maintain a bank record, payroll deduction records or a written communication from the organization containing the name of the organization and the date and amount of the contribution. For text message donations, a telephone bill meets the record-keeping requirement if it shows the name of the receiving organization, the date of the contribution and the amount given.
7. To claim a deduction for contributions of cash or property equaling $250 or more, you must have a bank record, payroll deduction records or a written acknowledgment from the qualified organization showing the amount of the cash, a description of any property contributed, and whether the organization provided any goods or services in exchange for the gift. One document may satisfy both the written communication requirement for monetary gifts and the written acknowledgement requirement for all contributions of $250 or more.
8. Taxpayers donating an item or a group of similar items valued at more than $5,000 must also complete Section B of Form 8283, which generally requires an appraisal by a qualified appraiser.

Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Do not rely on this column for definite tax answers as many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

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IRS Circular 230 Notice: Any U.S. tax advice in this written or electronic communication was not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used by the taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code or applicable state or local tax law provisions.

Ask an Accountant: Mileage Deduction

It’s tax time! Mr. MomonDealz is an experienced accountant who has teamed up with MomonDealz for their “Ask An Accountant” series – designed to  help with many questions that may arise. Remember, if you have a tax question, email Mr. MomonDealz @ cjwtaxpro@gmail.com.

Question:
I’ve got two sons, both deliver pizzas for Dominos. Dominos gives the drivers around $1.85 per delivery. Most deliveries are at least 6 or 7 miles. If they document their mileage and their reimbursements, can they deduct the difference as unreimbursed business expenses?

Answer:

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