Archive for June, 2008

Create CD Ladders for Short Term Money Needs

Posted by Madison on June 30, 2008

I just moved some of our portfolio to cash. There’s a chance that we may need to access it during the upcoming year and I wanted a way to maximize the return, but avoid any risk so I have the appropriate amount of money all year. I asked on Twitter if anyone had done something […]

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The Perfect Ten Year Mortgage

Posted by Madison on June 26, 2008

It’s not exactly perfect, but I found something pretty close. We just refinanced with a 5/5 Adjustable Rate Mortgage. The terms actually equate to very inexpensive 10 year mortgage if you choose to use it that way. Adjustable Rate Mortgages We previously had a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage. I discussed our original reason for having […]

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Selling Your Life, Careers, Housing, and More

Posted by Madison on June 25, 2008

I’m horrible at organization! I get motivated all the time and clean up all my to-do lists, email boxes and papers… then I fall back into the old trap. Marc came to my rescue with How To Get Things Done in 1 Minute. I’m going to try to completely empty my inbox every day… we’ll […]

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Help a Reader Payoff Debt

Posted by Madison on June 24, 2008

Last night I got a call from a friend looking for some financial help. He has $14,300 in debt and has a goal to be debt free by November. Before I put together a plan for him, I’d like to hear what you have to say about it! Debt Details Here are the details of […]

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11 Fun & Frugal Summertime Activities

Posted by Madison on June 23, 2008

Summertime is great – the weather, the food, and more. Spending time with family and friends is also a priority. There’s lots to do, but all the fun can quickly eat through a bunch of money if you aren’t careful. But summertime doesn’t have to cost so much! Take advantage of free attractions in your […]

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The Big Reveal: New Kids & Money Site!

Posted by Madison on June 22, 2008

Here it is! I mentioned last week that we had launched the next phase of our business. Here’s the newest place to find me writing about money. And this isn’t just any money, it’s Kids & Money! I joined as the Kids & Money Guide focused on teaching children about money management. What […]

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Free $10 From Google Checkout

Posted by Madison on June 20, 2008

It’s Free Money Friday! Today I have a really easy $10 from Google Checkout for you. It’s a very old promotion, but if you haven’t taken advantage of it, you need to do so before the end of the month. Google Checkout Years ago, Google launched a program to make buying things online easy. You […]

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What is Credit Card Arbitrage?

Posted by Madison on June 19, 2008

That’s what a reader, Maha, wanted to know. Maha sent me a note to let me know that trying to find out exactly what credit card arbitrage is all about, is like reading the middle part of the book without being able to find the beginning. So I’ve realized that I talk just like I […]

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We’re celebrating! The second phase of our business recently got the approval to launch. Stay tuned… in the next week, I’ll tell you all about it! If you have kids, this is one that you won’t want to miss! In other news at the Dupaix household this week, I bought my new car, we’re scheduled […]

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Small Business Problem: Advertiser Bounced a Check!

Posted by Madison on June 17, 2008

I’ve encountered my first small business dilemma. Actually, it involves one of the advertisers on this site! Bounced Check I received a check from an advertiser and cashed it on Saturday, June 7. On Friday, I got a letter from my bank that the money had been reversed and the check was unpaid. NSF Fee. […]

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