Would You Take a Loan Modification?

Posted by Madison on March 24, 2009

Ever since the Making Home Affordable Program was rolled out I’ve been very intrigued with the plan. Do we need a loan modification? No. Would it be nice? Sure. In a weird twist of events, it looks like we qualify (on paper) for the loan modification program. Home Affordable Modifications To find out of you […]

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Make Working Pay Tax Credit Hits Paychecks Soon

Posted by Madison on March 23, 2009

The Make Working Pay tax credit was included as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Beginning in the next few weeks, you’ll begin to see the money in your paycheck. Make Working Pay Tax Credit The credit is $400 for working individuals and $800 for married filing joint. The refundable credit is available […]

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TurboTax Spring Giveaway

Posted by Madison on March 20, 2009

Happy first day of spring! The weather is getting nicer and it’s time to get outside. However, it’s also less than a month until taxes are due. Are yours done? Great news for the procrastinators out there! The Free Money Friday feature is a TurboTax giveaway for two lucky readers. The prize is a TurboTax […]

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The Decision on a Whole New Career

Posted by Madison on March 18, 2009

I know, I left you hanging! Would You Quit Your Job for a Whole New Career? featured Scott’s opportunity to take over my dad’s business and all the thoughts he had about the possible career change. Readers also left lots of very thought provoking comments about the possibility too, which I know Scott appreciated! His […]

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Would You Quit Your Job for a Whole New Career?

Posted by Madison on March 17, 2009

I mentioned while reflecting on leaving my job that my husband is reevaluating his plan to work. He was presented with a unique career opportunity, but he only essentially had 2 days to make a decision. Background I mentioned that my dad was in the hospital. He was recovering slowly, but wasn’t able to return […]

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Reflections on Leaving My Job… Six Months Later

Posted by Madison on March 16, 2009

Six months ago, I left my corporate job. My goals to spend more time with my kids, teach others about personal finance, and pursue a life with more freedom are more fulfilling than I even imagined. Over the last six months, I’ve had time to reflect on my decision to follow my heart. Stepping off […]

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Free Credit Reports and Scores from American Express

Posted by Madison on March 13, 2009

With our newly planned venture into real estate investing, I had to make sure Scott’s credit reports and scores were ready for lenders to see. I remembered an old service I used about a year ago from American Express, called CreditSecure, where you can get your free credit reports and scores. Free Money Friday, here […]

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Getting Started in Real Estate Investing

Posted by Madison on March 12, 2009

We had a great meeting with our potential real estate investing business partner. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleased with the outcome. We had a very open and honest discussion about finances, and we have a lot of the same goals and expectations. And because we’re both finance people, we also […]

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What Worries You Most About the Economy?

Posted by Madison on March 11, 2009

I had lunch with some old coworkers last week and it became apparent, that I live in a bubble. Of course, I still see the news, but I don’t have the day-to-day discussions with people about how the economy is impacting individuals. I’m aware of job cuts, the stock market hitting 12 year lows, and […]

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Lending Club Step-By-Step Guide

Posted by Madison on March 10, 2009

My Lending Club portfolio is finally starting to take shape. If you haven’t signed up for a Lending Club account yet, here’s a step-by-step guide to becoming a lender and a sneak peak into what you’ll see once you fund some loans. For all the details on minimum investments, interest rates, and requirements, see my […]

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