How to Get a Free Credit Report

Posted by Jill on February 8, 2010

Like many people, you may have resolved to pay off debt or otherwise get your finances in order this year. If so, one of the first things you should do is pull a credit report on yourself and your spouse. If you are planning to purchase a house or apply for any other large loan, […]

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TradeKing $100 Referral Bonus

Posted by Kate on February 5, 2010

It’s Free Money Friday and this week’s is a good one! TradeKing is offering existing customers $100 for referring a friend. Hurry because the offer only lasts until February 11, 2010. How to Get Your TradeKing Referral Bonus Log into your TradeKing account, or sign up for a new TradeKing account if you don’t have […]

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Credit Terrorist or Twisted Genius?

Posted by Madison on February 4, 2010

I find the story about Craig Cunningham very intriguing. His debt collection story was featured in Better Off Deadbeat. When credit was free flowing, he borrowed over $100,000 and invested in risky stocks and the sub prime mortgage industry. The greedy extension of a well planned credit card arbitrage strategy. Of course, the recession hit, […]

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Throw a 50th Wedding Anniversary on a Budget

Posted by Amanda on February 3, 2010

Over the holidays I had the privilege of being a part of a very momentous occasion: my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Celebrating 50 years of love, triumph, children, tears, and joy was such an overwhelmingly wonderful feeling, and one that I hope all of you can experience in either your own milestone anniversary, or through […]

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How to Claim Your Home Buyer Tax Credit

Posted by Madison on February 2, 2010

Whether you are claiming the tax credit for existing homeowners or the tax credit for first time home buyers, it’s time to get your money! How to Claim your Home Buyer Tax Credit The IRS released the updated Form 5405 to claim your tax credit. Complete and attach Form 5405 to your 2009 tax return. […]

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Do You Overlook the Indirect Costs?

Posted by Jill on February 1, 2010

Leading up to my CFP(R) exam last fall, I set a little aside from several paychecks to save the total amount of my registration fee. When I registered, I depleted the entire amount I had saved – but the registration wasn’t the end of my exam-related expenses. I forgot to take into account the $120 […]

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ExxonMobil $20 Cash Back

Posted by Madison on January 29, 2010

I’m excited to feature our very first reader submitted free money offer. The Exxon cash back is our Free Money Friday offer of the week. Ironically our very first reader submission was submitted by two readers, Paj and Dan M. Since Paj submitted first, that’s the one we’ll feature. Thanks to both of you. Paj, […]

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The New Business Launch… Sort Of

Posted by Madison on January 28, 2010

I promised you would be the first to know when we launched the new business. I’ve been working around the clock for the last few months to get ready for the big reveal. I’m sure you figured it out by now; we started a new tax business. However, it’s not just any tax business. I’d […]

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Do You Have a Worst Case Scenario Plan?

Posted by Amanda on January 27, 2010

As a child, my Uncle Andy and Aunt Anita bought my sister and I a book by James Stevenson called Could be Worse. It was a humorous book about an old man who’s favorite response to any sort of complaining—such as when his grandkids get a splinter, or their kite flies up into a tree—is […]

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2010 Tax Rates and Tax Brackets

Posted by Madison on January 26, 2010

The 2010 tax brackets are out. Now you can start planning for your 2010 taxes and determine your correct withholding using the federal income tax brackets below. As a reminder, tax rates are marginal; you pay tax at each incremental tax rate until you reach your taxable income level for each filing status. 2010 Tax […]

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