Carnivals are up!

Posted by Madison on November 13, 2007

My first week at the carnivals! Grab some cotton candy and enjoy. Here’s a summary of the carnivals and my articles:



Tax Deduction for Women

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Finished your taxes and looking for more deductions for next year? Donate wedding attire to charity, Brides Against Breast Cancer, to receive tax deduction.



Our Net Worth Increases: October 2007

Posted by Madison on November 12, 2007

Year to date our net worth has increased 19.3% through Oct 31, 2007. Our goal for 2007 is a 21.6% increase. Currently, it looks as if we will surpass our goal before year end. The total percent increase since we began “our dollar plan” is 1058%.



Millionaires in the Making: Pros and Cons

Posted by Madison on November 11, 2007

CNN Money hosts a section on their website called Millionaires in the Making. Once or twice a month they highlight a family that is well on their way. (Or sometimes not so well.) The articles disclose salary, debt, savings, and budgets for the highlighted family. What makes people want to give out all this information? […]

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Weekly Roundup: Off to Watch Football

Posted by Madison on November 10, 2007

We’re off to a football game today… that could be a great future topic pitting hobbies against finances: examining the huge amounts of money we spend on sporting events… Here’s whats going on elsewhere in Personal Finance this week:



Car Not For Sale

Posted by Madison on November 9, 2007

Right now I’m driving a 2005 Mercedes Benz C230. I got it as a birthday present from my husband 2.5 years ago. I love it! And I want to keep it forever…. but there’s two things that bug me about it.



Investment in Vanguard ETF for Roth IRA

Posted by Madison on November 8, 2007

I received a phone call earlier this week. Here’s a summary of how the conversation went: Me: Hello. Caller: Do I need a Roth IRA or Traditional IRA? Me: Roth. Where are you opening it? Caller: Scottrade. Me: Do you know what to invest in? Caller: No. Me: We’ll worry about that later. Are you […]

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My Dollar Plan is live!

Posted by Madison on November 7, 2007

When I began this blog I originally intended to make the site live on November 12. We beat it by six days! As you can see, we are now online and have been since last night.



Our 529 plans: Accounts and Rationale

Posted by Madison on November 6, 2007

I recently covered how to open a 529 college savings plan. I revealed that we have multiple plans for our children. We currently have six accounts in five different states. Here’s a summary of which states we have an account at and why:



Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Skill Level Posts

Posted by Madison on November 4, 2007

The friends and family that I work with have various levels of financial skills. I decided to rate the strategies I have here with beginner, intermediate or advanced categories to help filter those topics which are appropriate to each person’s skill level.