I'm not always convinced we really get our money's worth, taxes in California, uh I really don't think we do, I think we get a bad deal in many ways and they only pay for barely functioning systems, ugh so many states can build stuff that actually works but not here (could be even worse though).

There are some things like the lifelong learning credit (if it's still there post tax changes) you didn't have to itemize for. I took that one nearly every other year or something, so I had a special fondness for it. Well if you end up taking classes anyway ..