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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. […]

Help a Reader: How to Stay Motivated

Here's a question a reader recently left on my post titled How to Get Rid of $106,000 in Debt: My family is in the middle of our debt snowball. We're one year into it and our motivation is flagging. We make $50K/year and last year we paid off $20K. We still have $55k left. My husband and I are both working two jobs and we brought our groceries down to $50/week. […]

Six Steps to a Great Retirement

Consumer Reports lists six steps to a great retirement as follows: Live modestly. This was the top "best step" listed by retirees who said they were highly satisfied with their lives. Maximize your savings. Even if you don't have a defined-benefit plan, regularly contributing to a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, or other investment vehicle pays off, our satisfied retirees told us. Reduce debt. […]

Best of Money Carnival Now Up

Just a note to let you know that the Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Get A Financial Education In Your Twenties. I made the carnival as well with my post titled How to Get a Raise or Promotion. […]

Gave to Haiti -- Hope Others Do the Same

Just a note to cover a few things: 1. I made a donation to help the earthquake victims in Haiti this weekend. I used proceeds generated by FMF to support Samaritan's Purse and their work there. 2. Wanted to encourage you all to do the same. No matter how much people are hurting here in the US (from the tough economy), we are substantially more wealthy than the average citizen of Haiti. […]

Graduate Degrees Raise Income

We've covered the value of a college degree (a few times) as well as the value of an elite college, so it made sense for me to post on this Wall Street Journal piece saying that graduate degrees raise income. […]

Free Money Finance March Madness, Round 1, Posts 1-4

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 […]