Articles by Amanda

Comparing Different Types of Treasury Securities

Posted by Amanda on May 26, 2010

This is the first article in a series focusing on bonds. I’ll start by discussing four different types of bonds: Series EE, Series I, Treasury Bonds (T-Bond), and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). Future articles in this series will be focused on Series I Bonds and how to purchase and redeem them. With the stock […]

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10 Budget Wedding Ideas From a Satisfied Bride

Posted by Amanda on May 19, 2010

We got engaged, we took the plunge, and we survived! My husband and I are now happily married, and have settled back into our home in Houston, TX. I am now contentedly sitting back, enjoying all of the free time that has crept back into my schedule. You know what else I am enjoying? All […]

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Secret Costs of Moving Out on Your Own

Posted by Amanda on May 4, 2010

I can still remember the taste of freedom and excitement, laced with nervousness and anxiety, when my father drove me one and a half hours away to a small town in Maryland and helped me unpack my belongings into my first apartment. It was the summer after my college graduation, and I had landed a […]

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10 Free Web Services to Check Out

Posted by Amanda on April 21, 2010

In case you have been living in the dark ages (some by choice), the web has evolved into a resource for free services ranging anywhere from information, to cable television shows, to college courses! Internet users are demanding that anything on the web be free, and so for new companies and even existing companies to […]

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IRS Closing in on Tax Cheaters

Posted by Amanda on April 14, 2010

Suffice it to say, over the past two years the IRS has made it more of a priority to recoup the money it is owed by individuals and businesses who are not truthfully reporting their earnings. And who can blame them? With the United States debt growing to over $12.5 trillion dollars, it seems only […]

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Use Your Tax Refund to Purchase I Bonds

Posted by Amanda on April 7, 2010

Are you in line to receive a tax refund? Were you hoping to have received more of your hard earned money back into your bank account? As of 2010, there is an automatic way to invest your tax refund into government U.S. Series I Savings Bonds. This is a great way to increase your refund […]

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Unemployed Tax Deductions Provide Tax Relief

Posted by Amanda on March 30, 2010

Looking for unemployed tax deductions? You’re in luck, there are several tax deductions related to unemployment, job searching, or moving for a new job that will give you tax relief at a time when you probably need it most. Unemployment reached 10% in the United States for 2009, sending over 16 million people home without […]

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Do you have any students in your family, or are you a student yourself? If so, then the American Opportunity Tax Credit may help you decrease your tax obligations. Like the old Hope Credit, you can claim this new tax credit for tuition and certain fees you pay for higher education either last year. But […]

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2009 TurboTax Review

Posted by Amanda on March 10, 2010

What an incredibly complex tax year for our household. Before 2009, we lived in an apartment, worked two jobs, and could only deduct student loan interest. But in 2009, we purchased a home, earned freelance income, and donated to charity. We were eligible to take the home office tax deduction and self employed tax deductions. […]

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How to Save Money on a Wedding, From a Future Bride

Posted by Amanda on March 9, 2010

Planning a wedding is one of the most fun, and financially stressful events of my life! I feel that I am constantly balancing traditions, ‘must-haves’, wants, and our budget. I find that if I remember what the day is actually about—love, the union of two people, choosing to spend the rest of my life with […]

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