Merlino & Gonzalez August 2017

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Move Less Stressful MOVE ON THE CHEAP

Moving can be a stressful experience. Buying or renting a home is expensive enough. But between the down payment or deposit and the cost of movers, the grand total can be overwhelming. However, with these tips, you can cut down on moving costs. One of the easiest ways to save money and time during your move is by selling and donating unused items in your home. And packing up and moving is so much easier when you have less stuff! “Take your upcoming move as an opportunity to make a little extra spending money when you’re decluttering your home,” says Linda Descano, women and money expert from Citibank’s Women & Co. An easy way to sell your unused items is by posting ads for them on eBay, Craigslist, or Letgo. Social media can be a great tool for getting your moving supplies for free. Make a Lighten Your Load and Use Social Media

post on your social media accounts asking for boxes and other moving supplies. People often have extras lying around.

Tax Deduction

If you’re moving more than 50 miles away, you can save your receipts for a tax deduction, says Adrian Nazari, CEO of credit and load website But you have to keep a few things in mind. In order to receive tax deductions, your move must be job related, and accepting the job would have had to increase your commute by more than 50 miles if you had decided not to move. You also must be employed full time for at least 39 weeks during the 12-month period after you move. Lastly, your employer must not be covering your moving expenses. It’s true, moving can be stressful and expensive. However, following these tips can not only save you time and effort, they can also save you a good chunk of change.


Summer means vacations and events, and while our clients come first here at Merlino & Gonzalez, we still make sure to devote a little time to a healthy work-life balance. Eva has a busy summer packed with weddings. Two of her close friends from college are getting married. Of course, they had to set dates just two weeks apart. Her weekends have been filled with showers, dress fittings, and parties — not that she’s complaining. When she has a little time to herself, hopefully she’ll be spending it on a beach. Alex’s summer is similarly jampacked with bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings. When they say summer is wedding season, they aren’t kidding! For Erin and Michelle, summer offers the chance to do a little catching up with their families. Erin hopes to make some time for a trip to Maryland to visit her sister in addition to working on her tan by Chesapeake Bay. Michelle has a long-standing tradition of spending Fourth of July on Long Beach Island with family friends. They spend some time kayaking, clamming, and surfing. Oh, and don’t forget eating too much delicious food. As for John, he’ll be busy visiting colleges with his son, who just so happens to be named John as well. They’re both really excited about it (maybe father

even more than son) and looking forward to finding the best fit. Those two, along with the rest of the Merlino family, also have a trip to Hershey Park planned. Nothing says summer fun quite like chocolate and roller coasters.

Also, Ken and his family are going on a cruise to Bermuda and enjoying backyard pool BBQ’s with family and friends. We hope you have a little time this summer to enjoy the beautiful weather with your loved ones. If you need us, though, know that we’ll be here waiting.


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