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Introducing The Money Tips Network

I’m proud to announce that I’ve joined 12 other personal finance writers to form the Money Tips Network.  I’m happy to be a member of this new network - made up of some of the most trusted writers in the personal finance blogging community. Here’s more information about the Money Tip Network and it’s members - Money Tips Network Members The mission of the Money Tips Network is to provide you with […]

A 10 Step Outline Of Our Financial Plan

From a recent email - I love your site!  (Thank you…)  I’ve been working on a basic plan for managing my finances.  Could you write a post about your current plan?  Or maybe a post about some of the things you’ve done to get where you are?  Thanks! I love it when I get questions like these.  It makes me happy to see that folks are taking control of their own finances.  Bravo!  So, here are the bas […]

2009 IRS Federal Income Tax Schedules - Tax Brackets

A few weeks ago, as I was searching the IRS website (for an unrelated publication), I stumbled across this PDF File, outlining the 2009 IRS Federal Income Tax Rate Schedules.  These rate schedules define various tax brackets.  It’s always good to have an idea of which tax bracket you are in, so that you can figure your effective tax rate.  Remember, your tax bracket and your effective tax rate are […]

Visa Debit Cards More Popular Than Visa Credit Cards

Are people falling in love with their debit cards? During the quarter ending December 31, 2008, people made $203 billion in purchases using their Visa credit cards.  During that same period, people made $206 billion in purchases using their Visa debit cards.  (You can read more by viewing Visa’s latest SEC Filing.  These figures are for U.S. […]

12 Months To A Fully-Funded Roth IRA

Are you a procrastinator?  Good news.  Even if you missed the first four months of 2009, and didn’t make a single contribution to your 2008 Roth IRA, you still have a full year to make contributions!  That’s right.  The contribution time-table runs from January 1, 2009 until April 15, 2010. For most folks, the annual contribution limit for a Roth IRA is $5000.  (See IRS Publication 590 for complet […]

The Negotiator

I hate face-to-face negotiations.  So, in the past, I’ve paid full price for items that I’m sure I could have gotten for less, simply because I don’t like asking for discounts.  Recently, however, I managed to to make two rather significant purchases, and I negotiated lower prices for both of them.  Here’s how. Purchase #1 - A new grass trimmer. I purchased a new grass trimmer from a large retail […]

A Fresh Start

It’s almost May, which means that one-third of the year 2009 is gone!  I don’t know about you, but time seems to have flown by, and it seems like only days ago, I was writing down my 2009 resolutions.  (Remember those?  Yeah, that’s that pesky list of things we promised we would do in 2009.  I wonder what percentage of folks will actually follow through and do something about their resolutions.  4 […]

The Great eBay Purge Begins!

I’ve snuck away for a few minutes.  My wife and I are going through our house, room by room, and doing a major spring cleaning.  We are looking for three things - items to sell on eBay, items to put into storage, and items to throw away.  As of this morning, we have thirty items to sell on eBay, several items for storage, and two bags of junk.  It feels good to get rid of the stuff we simply do no […]

Back From A Week Of Taking Care Of Business

Whew. What a week! I’ve been “away” for a week, taking care of several little odds-and-ends.  I use quotations marks, because I haven’t actually been away.  I simply took a few days, set them aside, and just plowed-through a series of once-every-year type tasks.  Instead of spacing these tasks out over the course of several months - it was better for me that I just do them all, and get them out of […]

Several Ounces Of Prevention

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. -Benjamin Franklin Moving beyond the day-to-day management of my personal finances, it’s important that I think about strategies which will promote long term financial stability.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about insurance, end-of-life documents, and organization.  Mundane topics, to be sure, but it pays for me to focus on these areas now, so that I […]