Archive for September, 2010

Newlywed Finances Part II

Posted by Jill on September 15, 2010

This is the second of two posts on newlywed finances. Yesterday we talked about having your first big financial talk, managing money, and setting a budget. Today, we’re going to look at a more long-term approach to dealing with finances as a married couple. Setting Goals Before you ever get married or move in together, you […]

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Poll: Will the Obama Tax Cuts Pass?

Posted by Madison on September 14, 2010

The clock is ticking for Congress to decide the fate on the Obama tax cuts. Will they pass in time for end of the year tax planning? As of right now, the tax brackets are up in the air, you can estimate what your taxes might look like with the 2011 tax calculator. Our current […]

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This is the first of two posts on newlywed finances. This seemed to be the summer of weddings for many of my close friends (and lots of personal finance writers, including Amanda right here at My Dollar Plan!). In April and May, I had weddings or related events FIVE weekends in a row! Two friends […]

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There’s No Such Thing as Bad Debt

Posted by Madison on September 13, 2010

I can’t remember how many times I’ve heard people classify debts as good debt and bad debt. And the definition is based on what the debt is for. For example, mortgages and student loans are classified as good debt, and auto loans and credit card debt are often classified as bad debt. I don’t agree. […]

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Ebates 100% Sign Up Bonus Match or $100 Contest Entry

Posted by Madison on September 10, 2010

This week we’re taking a popular Free Money Friday offer and matching the sign up bonus. Sign up for Ebates and we’ll match your sign up bonus or enter you in a drawing for a $100 giveaway, your choice! Ebates is a favorite around here; it was voted most popular cash back program by readers. […]

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Sprint SERO Premium Upgrade Coming Soon

Posted by Madison on September 9, 2010

For those of you who jumped on the Sprint SERO plan back in 2008 and the subsequent $70 Sprint Credit, there’s good news! As all the new phones roll out, most of them are not allowed to be activated on SERO. Of course, it’s not worth complaining about since the $30 plan is one of […]

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Are Municipal Bonds the Next Bubble?

Posted by Jill on September 8, 2010

If you watch Suze Orman, you know that she LOVES to recommend municipal bonds. Municipal bonds allow you to loan money to a city, county or other local government. They are attractive investments because they are considered nearly risk-free and provide income that is exempt from federal taxes. As the stock market tanked, investors fled […]

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OptionsXpress Review

Posted by Kate on September 7, 2010

optionsXpress Review OptionsXpress is a brokerage with an all-in-one trading platform that allows you to trade bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, options, futures and stocks ALL in one convenient online trading account. Part of their company mission is to be the “ideal broker for options traders looking to maximize their returns.” Here is a closer look […]

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We haven’t had a Free Money Friday for frequent travelers lately so here’s a great one: Citi and American Airlines are offering a 60,000 AAdvantage mile bonus for new cardmembers which can equal quite a few free flights! This offer is for business version of the card. The personal version of the card also has […]

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Squeezing in One Last Summer Vacation

Posted by Madison on September 2, 2010

We had just returned from our last vacation… but I have a confession to make… while we were there, I convinced Scott that we should squeeze in just one more summer vacation before Labor Day weekend rolls around and our oldest heads back to preschool. We had a fantastic time in Seattle, and I was […]

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