How Do Tax Brackets Work?

Posted by Jill on April 13, 2017

Are you getting ready to file your taxes? If so, you might find yourself needing a slight refresher on how tax brackets work before the tax deadline. The US tax system is based on a progressive rate structure – the more income you make, the higher tax rate you pay. How Do Tax Brackets Work? […]

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Social Security 2017 Wage Base Increase

Posted by Madison on April 12, 2017

The 2017 Social Security wage base increased by $8,700. The wage base in 2017 is $127,200. The 2016 Social Security wage base was $118,500. The Social Security wage base has increased in four of the last five years. What is a Tax Wage Base? Social security taxes, (or OASDI taxes) are the taxes that are […]

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I dropped daily hints and pictures last week about our new travel project! Did you figure it out? In case the hints were too cryptic, here’s the easy, direct way to find our new travel blog: Points Family. How did I end up with a new travel blog? What does it have to do with […]

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IHG Hotels Chase 60,000+ Point Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on April 7, 2017

The IHG Rewards Club credit card currently offers a 60,000 point sign up bonus. However, it’s possible you might be able to get 80,000 points! I picked up the Chase IHG card during an application spree three years ago. After using it to maximize the IHG Accelerate promotion for free nights during our spring break […]

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Why You Should Learn About Taxes

Posted by Don on April 6, 2017

I know, when it comes to taxes, most of us want to run the other way. But I am here to tell you that instead of running from taxes, you should embrace taxes. Am I crazy? I’m not sure as I’ve never been tested. But since taxes make up such a large part of our […]

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Best of My Dollar Plan: March

Posted by Madison on April 5, 2017

Last month our most popular finance tips were a big Amazon offer for $25 off $50, ways to lower your taxes in retirement, money mistakes that will cost you, the new cash back credit card from USAA that earns 2.5% cash back and how I earned $3,878 from American Express! If you missed the most […]

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US Bank Cash+ $100-$125 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on March 31, 2017

One of the cards I mention frequently for quarterly 5% rotating cash rewards is the US Bank Cash+ card. I just received an email from US Bank that they are now offering a sign up bonus for the card! You’ll get $100 cash back after just $500 in spending. You’ll also get a $25 bonus […]

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5 Money Mistakes That Will Cost You

Posted by Don on March 29, 2017

Do you have any money mistakes that you regret? We all have made mistakes. We buy something we regret. We invest in a hot stock tip and lose everything. We get caught up in the moment and overspend. The goal is to limit these money mistakes as much as possible since we can’t eliminate them […]

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Every quarter the 5% cash back credit cards rotate cash back categories. You can see the current quarter 5% Rotating Cash Rewards Credit Cards. This is the historical record of the cash back we cover each quarter. Historical Quarterly 5% Rotating Cash Rewards Credit Cards It’s our quarterly check-in to reevaluate the cards we are […]

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Hilton Surpass Amex 100,000 Point Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on March 24, 2017

We are finalizing plans for spring break and one of the only points hotels at our destination is a Hilton. It’s fitting then that Hilton rolled out a new 100,000 point offer on the Surpass card from American Express. The offer also includes a free weekend night after your first anniversary. Since I just picked […]

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