Almost a year has gone by since the beginning of My Dollar Plan. With 1700+ readers strong, we have lots of ideas, stories, and opinions on personal finance. I want to hear from you! Personal Finance Topics The topics of my articles come from various sources: reader questions, my own financial situation, things I read […]

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Andrew Lahde Did you hear about Andrew Lahde? He was a hedge fund manager until about two weeks ago. His fund was only a year old and returned 866%. He bet against the sub prime collapse. And now he’s calling it quits. Obviously, it’s nothing that any of us can repeat, but there is an […]

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What Happened to Your Credit?

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During a recent interview, I was asked if the credit crisis has had any affect on our credit card arbitrage. I hadn’t even thought about it because so far, it hasn’t. Of course that could always change with one trip to the mailbox! I thought about many of the different angles that I have dealt […]

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16 Ways to Save Buying in Bulk

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Now that we joined Costco and are having a blast with the Grocery Game we’re shopping in a whole new way. You have to set some rules for yourself, or bulk buying will end up turning into bulk spending! Here are some tips and tricks for successful bulk buying. Get even more savings buying in […]

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Discover Card Holiday Rewards

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Discover Card has a great deal for your holiday shopping. For every $200 you spend on your Discover Card at participating malls, you get a $20 gift card! It’s an easy 10% back on your holiday shopping. Discover Mall Rewards Details of the receipts into rewards program: Dates: November 1, 2008 – January 4, 2009 […]

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Photography: That was supposed to be going up, wasn’t it? by rednuht The new icebreaker for every conversation seems to be the economy. Readers, family, friends, and neighbors are all asking about it. Everyone wants to know what to do in the current economy. There’s a wealth of great information already out there; here it […]

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Another Economic Stimulus Package? The financial world continues to change on a daily basis. There’s talk of a new stimulus package and the possibility of making 401k contributions taxable. In addition, the new inflation rate for I-Bond was announced and the earnings subject to Social Security tax is going up again. The new maximum will […]

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Do You Report All Your Income?

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It came to my attention recently that one of the service providers of our family does not report all of his or her income. I’ve always “known about it” in a roundabout way, but it was actually stated to me directly. I’m in a quandary about what to do…. and I’m also mad about it. […]

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Photography: Pumpkins by St0rmz What is it about holidays that causes us to ignore our budgets, talk ourselves into buying “just one more item”, and refuse to add up our overall spending? Halloween spending can set the pace for the rest of the holiday season, so reign yourself in during October and your December self […]

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Free Quicken Online

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I’ve always used Microsoft Money. Why? Because it came installed on my computer back in 1997, when I started tracking my money really closely. Even since then, I’ve just continued with it. Good reason, right? MS Money Stops Yearly Updates I felt pretty confident with my setup until one of my fellow About.com guides, Shelley, […]

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