How Fashion Girls Can Save Major Money on Their Taxes

Nicole Lapin is a veteran financial journalist, serving as an anchor on CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg. Her first book Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together...Finally ($21) was published in 2015 and you can follow Nicole on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at for smart financial advice and unconventional money tips.  

I like using a step-by-step process for anything I try to accomplish—especially in the realm of managing money—because it prevents you from having an anxiety attack when you don’t accomplish everything all in one day. Like with learning any new skill, things need to be broken down into easy, manageable stages, so that you’re tackling one thing at a time. When I did my taxes for the first time, I didn’t set aside one day to do them—I set aside an entire month! Day one: Un-crinkle my receipts. That was it. Success! If I had told myself I needed to sit down and do all my taxes and not get up until they were done, I would have panicked and found myself on the couch with a pint of Häagen-Dazs, taxes be damned. This is not going to happen to you on my watch. Baby steps, baby. 

Here are three things to consider in 2015 to get the most out of your taxes AND maintain your sanity.