Don’t Be Fooled…

Posted by Madison

Happy April Fools’ Day! Most of you will be on the lookout for practical jokes today. Years ago, I shared The Best (and Worst) April Fools’ Day Joke that ever took place in my family.

Since most of us are on the lookout today, we will avoid being fooled by the practical jokers in our lives. However, what about the rest of the year? Are you being foolish with your finances?

Here are things you should be on the lookout for!

Don’t Make These Mistakes…

Don’t Be Surprised by These…

Don’t Overlook These…

Don’t Miss Hidden Secrets…

Are you being foolish with your finances?



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After we spent the holidays on our free trip to Steamboat, I was hooked on a new hobby, finding ways to travel for free. Many of us are familiar with earning points and redeeming them for free nights using hotel rewards programs. Then I stumbled on a fascinating way to pick up free rooms without […]

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There is a possibility that you may be suffering from double taxation. I know, we all suffer from double taxation, like when we pay sales tax when we purchase items with money that has been taxed by the federal government. Or when I used to work for the state government, and when I used my […]

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My husband’s office at the university is closing this fall. While he was offered another position (with a raise!), he turned it down and he’s taking this opportunity to finally quit the rat race. He will be 39. Congratulations Scott! Later this year, my husband is finally joining me on a new adventure. Just like […]

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The topic of retirement comes up all of the time on the news, in the newspapers and magazines and in personal finance blogs. With so many different people talking about retirement, it not only gets confusing, it can also get overwhelming. Luckily, I am here to help. I will give you the guide to making […]

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As many of you know, the Chase Freedom card is one of my favorites on our list of quarterly 5% rotating cash rewards cards, especially since the 2015 Chase Freedom Rewards Calendar shows restaurants for second quarter 5% cash back. Perfect timing for spring break in a few weeks! The refer a friend promotion that […]

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Most taxpayers are well aware of the deduction that comes from claiming dependent children on their taxes. But what are the rules on claiming dependents on taxes? And what about other relatives? And, when can those formerly claimed as dependents on someone else’s return begin to claim themselves? If someone else can claim you as […]

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