With just two weeks left until April 15, now is the time when tax return procrastinators (like me) can save a few bucks on tax preparation software. Witness: Newegg has TurboTax Deluxe Federal + State + eFile 2008 for $34.95 shipped.
Yo! You must apply coupon code EMCLRLN33 to get that price; otherwise it's $39.95. Of course, Intuit charges $59.95 for the Mac- and Windows-compatible software, so either way, you're getting a deal.
So, yeah, TurboTax. I know not everybody's a fan, and I'll admit to being a reluctant user myself. But, and it even slapped it with an Editors' Choice award.
In fact, a key complaint was the price, but with this deal, you're saving nearly 50 percent. Just be sure to read the fine print: The free e-filing that's included is for your federal return only; it'll cost you another $20 to e-file your state return.
Of course, you can always print that one and file it the old-fashioned way. Price: one postage stamp.
My only real complaint with this deal is the waste involved. TurboTax offers both Web-based and downloadable versions of the software, but you save almost nothing by choosing those options. Here, there's media, packaging, shipping, and so on. It's nuts!
(Kind of like the way it's nuts that e-books cost nearly as much as their dead-tree counterparts--but that's a gripe for another day.)