Our portfolio decreased -5.6% in September, bringing us to 862% total increase since the beginning of our dollar plan. In addition, our year-to-date total decrease is -16.9%. Reflections on my portfolio this month September was tough, just like most of 2008. However, instead of looking at the gigantic losses, it helps to focus on the […]

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We joined Costco. And I’ve only been there 5 times in 8 days! Thanks for all your suggestions; we knew exactly what to look for. Now I just need to get my True Earnings Credit Card for Costco and I’ll be all set. Also on my checklist for today is tuning my TiVo for a […]

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Tax breaks, savings credits, and fabulous graphs of the Presidential tax plans are all the rage, but I think the root cause of the money management problem in our country is the complete lack of financial education. Our schools don’t teach a comprehensive financial program (or anything in most schools), and many parents don’t teach […]

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As you work to build your net worth, protecting your nest egg is a critical part of your total financial picture. While we often view car insurance as being able to fix or replace our own damaged vehicle, even more important is protecting your other assets in the event of a large liability lawsuit. Of […]

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Say it with me! Free Money Friday! You know the routine, Friday is all about free money here at My Dollar Plan. Today TradeKing is offering a $50 sign up bonus for new accounts opened in October and November. About TradeKing Online broker; ranked #1 Discount Broker by SmartMoney Magazine in 2006 & 2007. All […]

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Frugal Recipe: Chicken Soup

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Apparently I struck a spot close to your heart (and your stomach) with the Ideas for Frugal and Easy Cooking. In a time where food prices are on the rise, it’s more important than ever to find frugal recipes that fulfill your need to eat healthy and satisfy your taste buds. Sue Bette to the […]

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The Great Bailout of 2008

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Where’s my bailout-financial crisis-economic downward spiral articles? I’m not much of a panic person, so all this hoopla doesn’t really get me fired up. I’m a long term investor, sticking to a solid asset allocation plan. With that in mind, this too shall pass. Although, I can tell you that I picked almost the worst […]

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One of my favorite parts about My Dollar Plan is getting to hear from you. Where you are at financially, what your questions are, what you are thinking about and what your goals are. I took some time out to answer reader mail before and it was fun, so here’s another round of questions and […]

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What Is Your Weakness?

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We all have one. Something we love that we can’t bring ourselves to give up even when we’re busy paying down debt or saving for a really important goal. And our plans are only as good as our weakest financial link. Questions to Ask Yourself Not all weaknesses are bad. For example, if you’ve given […]

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It’s Free Money Friday! I’m a roll with 529 plans lately, so I was pleased to see that the California 529 Plan at Fidelity is once again giving out gift cards. I’ve mentioned before that we’ve opened about a dozen accounts there for Target Gift Cards in the past. There is no annual account maintenance […]

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