Black Friday 2008 Free Stuff

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Update: For this year’s list, see Black Friday 2011 Free Stuff. One of my favorite things to do on Black Friday is score free stuff! We usually don’t go out of our way to get any of them, but if it’s a store we’ll be at, we grab them. Since it’s Free Money Friday, here’s […]

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I’m so proud of myself! We almost always fly down to visit our in-laws. However, this year we’ve decided to drive to save some money. (Especially since now we would have to buy an additional seat for our two-year-old.) Because we usually have a lengthy layover at O’Hare, driving will probably only take about 1-2 […]

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Opening a New Solo 401k

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I recently opened a new self employed 401k (or solo 401k) plan. I set up one plan with two accounts, one for my husband and one for me. It all started when I got an email from David at My Two Dollars who was looking to compare self employed tax deferral options for his own […]

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It’s probably not something you want to hear right now: you’ve lost your job. The news struck close to home last month when a family member lost his job. Watching him go through the process made me realize that with some advance planning, it could have eased some of the burdens. Preparing to lose your […]

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Additional $50 from ING Direct

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Now that we’ve all gotten our ING $25 Bonus, it’s time to cash in for $50 more! Heather A. sent me an email about a great deal she found by signing up for a new Electric Orange checking account at ING Direct. $50 Sign Up Bonus Here is how to get your $50 bonus: You […]

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Just as you secure your money in a savings account at a bank with the highest interest rate, another bank offers a higher interest rate. With a quarter million dollars in the bank from credit card arbitrage, I’m always on the look out for the best rate. What is Rate Chasing? Rate chasers move their […]

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Contests and Freebies Do you love entering contests and signing up for freebies? You can check out the new Simply Contests blog featuring as many easy to enter sweepstakes, contests, and freebie offers that she can find. You can also subscribe to her feed to stay on top of all the contests! Test Your Color […]

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We finally got a CVS! It’s one of the stores that you read about, you hear how people are saving a ridiculous amount of money, even making money… and for the longest time, we didn’t even have one! All that changed this month when the doors to our newly built CVS opened! CVS can be […]

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Too early to begin holiday shopping? … OK, maybe, for some of you. But it’s not too early to begin planning for holiday shopping! The more prep work you do, the better result you will have with your money and stress in the next six weeks. 1. Make your list. Hopefully you saved your list […]

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Your Tax Questions Answered

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While I do have a lot of tax knowledge, most of it from volunteering at VITA, I am by no means an expert! Every so often, I forward a bunch of questions from readers to our local IRS agent to either answer or confirm my answers. Our contact recently retired after over 3 decades of […]

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