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Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Jan 18

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. And before I get to this week's roundup, I wanted to say that I have three giveaways going on right now. […]

Last Chance for a Segregated Roth Conversion

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. For more thoughts on this topic see 2010 Roth Conversion: Factors to Consider Before Making a Decision. A tax tsunami is coming at the end of this year. The higher your adjusted gross income (AGI), the closer you live to the coast where the tsunami will hit. […]

Maybe You Only Need So Much to Be Happy in Retirement

Here's an interesting bit of information I found in Consumer Reports' recent review of great retirement principles: Retired subscribers' satisfaction with their retirement reached a plateau when their net worth was between $500,000 and $1 million. Having more didn't make much of a difference. […]

Update on My Gold Coin Purchases

Early last year I suggested that we all could make money by buying US $1 gold dollar coins. In part of that strategy it said to "deposit the money at your bank (or use it yourself)" once you had the coins. […]

Net Worth Update for 2009: My Best Year Ever

At least once a year I give an update on my net worth (I used to do it monthly, but there isn't really that much new news each month) and this post is my update for the year ending December 31, 2009. The summary is that it was my best year on record. A few pieces of info: I ended 2009 with my highest net worth ever. […]

Top 10 FMF Guest Posts of 2009

As regular readers know, I feature a lot of guest posts throughout a year. I like to get a variety of perspectives on money issues, hear from others in different life stages than I'm in, and let readers get money thoughts from someone other than me. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 5-8

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

What Makes You Think You Can Do Your Own Taxes?

Ha! I'm sure the title of this post will irk a few people from the get-go, but I like it and I'm going to stick with it. ;-) As you know, I'm generally a personal finance do-it-yourselfer. But in the area of taxes, I don't do them myself. I use a CPA for some very good reasons. Recently I posted When You Should and Shouldn't Do Your Own Taxes. […]

Box of Books #3

My last box of books was a huge success -- I gave them away through my giveaway newsletter -- so I thought I'd do it again (if you want a chance to win, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here -- I'll be giving them away in February.) For now, here are the books I've received from publishers and a bit about them (from Amazon): The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset - L […]

Win a Free Copy of You Need a Budget!

I am giving away a copy of You Need a Budget! We'll start with a testimony from a YNAB user. Here goes: “Before YNAB, I was not saving anything, but had to dip into savings for about $500.00 a month. Since being on YNAB, I have been able to see where I needed to cut back and where I needed to save more for periotic expenses. […]