Archive for July, 2010

5 Steps to Overcoming a Financial Setback

Posted by Jill on July 14, 2010

We all have financial goals we’re striving to meet. Maybe you have long-term goals like paying off debt, saving for a down payment, or retiring early. Or maybe you simply have day-to-day goals, like keeping your food budget to $200 per month, or bringing your lunch to work every day. Whatever your goals are, you […]

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How to Take Charge of the Bush Tax Cuts

Posted by Madison on July 13, 2010

When the Bush Tax Cuts Expire in 2010, we’re bracing for higher Tax Rates. In addition, many of the tax cuts that we’ve come to expect over the last decade are changing. I love to plan, so here’s what I’m currently working on: 2010 Planning Moves for Expiration of Bush Tax Cuts Tax Rates. We’re […]

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Is a Financial Fast Right For You?

Posted by Jill on July 12, 2010

At the beginning of the new year Washington Post finance columnist Michelle Singletary “invited” her readers to a 21-day financial fast. Singletary introduced the fast at her church years ago, and says that many people have used it to jump-start their “path to prosperity.” I agree that the path to financial freedom starts with commitment […]

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How to Score Groupon Deals

Posted by Madison on July 9, 2010

Last week, a friend of mine turned me on to Groupon, when they had 50% off at a kid’s restaurant we go to weekly. Now I’m hooked. It’s one of my new favorite deal sites. We’ll explore Groupon to celebrate Free Money Friday. The idea behind Groupon is essentially buying in bulk. If you got […]

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What Do I Need to Know About Camping?

Posted by Madison on July 8, 2010

We’re planning a camping trip. Well, let me rephrase that, I’m planning a camping trip. Scott’s idea of vacation revolves around nice hotels, hot showers, and eating at restaurants. Apparently his parents took him camping so much as a little kid, that he’s scarred for life and never wants to do it again; however, he […]

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Emergency Fund or Retirement First?

Posted by Jill on July 7, 2010

A friend of mine recently asked me a question: “Should I be putting extra money into emergency savings or an IRA at the end of the month?” Allocating funds and/or setting priorities for saving is something that many people struggle with. Order to Prioritize Your Savings Most experts will agree that first and foremost you […]

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4 Quick Mid-Year Financial Checkups

Posted by Jill on July 6, 2010

I looked at the calendar the other day and couldn’t believe the year was already half over! It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2010, and now 2011 is just 6 months away. The summer is a time for vacations and cookouts, but don’t forget to pay attention to your finances too! Follow […]

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Chase Freedom $100 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Kate on July 2, 2010

The Chase Freedom Visa, which we already know is a great card, is offering a $100 sign-up bonus! It’s a great offer to celebrate Free Money Friday before the holiday weekend! How to Get Your $100 Bonus Sign up for the Chase Freedom Visa. Earn $100 Bonus Cash Back after you make $500 in purchases […]

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Home Buyer Tax Credit Extension

Posted by Madison on July 1, 2010

The home buyer tax credit is extended until Sept. 30! For all the new home buyers panicking when they weren’t able to get their closing done by the deadline yesterday, help is on the way. The home buyer tax credit extension will apply to both first time home buyers and existing home owners originally eligible […]

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