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What We Plan To Do With Our Tax Refund

I have been working on our taxes and it looks like we will be getting back a small refund – think hundreds, not thousands. My wife and I usually over-estimate withholding, just a bit, due to the fact that I have self-employment income, which tends to vary from year to year.  We prefer to send in a bit more, just to be on the safe side. We will use our modest tax return for three things - Vacation […]

Working On Website

It has been several years since I changed the look of No Credit Needed. In an effort to simplify things, I have removed much of the clutter from the side-bar, changed the layout, and removed unnecessary code. I like the new green and gray color scheme. I may or may not update the header with a new graphic.  Right now, I’m digging the super-simple interface of this theme. Check the site out – and f […]

Working On Our Taxes

I spent an hour last night working on our taxes. I have entered information about our income, child care costs, and various deductions. I am still waiting on a couple of tax-related documents, so for a trial-run, I estimated.  It looks like we will be receiving a small refund from the federal government and owe a small amount to our state government. I can remember the first time I filed taxes.  I […]

Zero Percent Balance Transfer From Discover

I dislike debt.  I loathe paying interest. I recently managed to lower the interest rate on our home mortgage. With a lower rate, more of our monthly payment goes towards principal reduction and eliminating our mortgage. When were digging our way out of credit card debt, we used a zero percent balance transfer to reduce the interest rate on a portion of our credit card debt. Discover recently laun […]

Save Money When Eating Out

My wife and I have 3 kids.  We prefer to feed them home-cooked meals, but there are times when it’s fun and/or convenient to eat out.  Here are a few ways that we have learned to save money when eating out – with kids! Budget for eating out. This is critical.  Folks often underestimate how much they are going to spend on eating out – and run into problems at the end of the month.  If you are going […]

Paying Off Mortgage Progress January 2013

My wife an I are working hard to achieve our goal of paying off our mortgage early. As of February 2013, my wife and I will have lived in our new home for 3 years. We have a conventional, fixed-rate, 15-year mortgage.  We recently reduced the interest rate on our mortgage. Our goal is to pay it off our mortgage in less than ten total years. As of February 1, 2013, we will have made 35 regular, mon […]

How To Organize Mail

I enjoy checking the mail.  I know it’s old fashioned – but I’m and old fashioned kind of guy! I do not, however, like dealing with clutter.  So, I’ve developed a simple system for organizing our mail. I use 15 file folders, a file box, and a small filing cabinet. The Setup I have three folders – one labeled bills to pay, one labeled paperwork to file, and one labeled action to take. I keep the fo […]

Dealing With Clutter In An Effort To Simplify

Simplify.  Everything. That’s my goal for 2013.  To that end, here’s what I have done – so far. Using an old nightstand, I created a charging-station for our cell phones, iPads and Kindles.  Basically, I drilled two holes through the back of the nightstand and then snaked the charging-cords through those holes.  Now, we can plug in our devices, place them in the nightstand drawers, and they are h […]

Save 15% Off H&R Block At Home Online

Taxes. We all have to file them, so why not get an early start – and save a little money. H&R Block is offering a 15% discount on their At Home Online Tax Software. Click this link to Save 15% on H&R Block At Home Software. The discount is good on their basic, deluxe, premium, and premium & business software. When my wife and I were getting out of debt, we used our tax refund to reduce our total d […]