Have You Tried Once a Month Cooking?

Posted by Madison on October 7, 2010

When Jill mentioned once a month cooking, yesterday in 6 Ways to Change the Impact of Food on your Budget, I got sucked in and spent a bunch of time reading about once a month cooking. We all know I am not a good cook, even though I try. (Although I have mastered Sue’s frugal […]

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A Little Secret: Madison’s Favorite Things Coming Soon!

Posted by Madison on September 30, 2010

In just a short month we’re going to be kicking off year number four at My Dollar Plan! It’s been an incredible journey, and I couldn’t have done it without the best readers in the world. Thanks, everyone! I thought it would be fun to celebrate with the My Dollar Plan readers, Oprah style. You […]

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Will You Pay for College for Your Kids?

Posted by Madison on September 23, 2010

Lately, I’ve been working on planning for college expenses for our three kids (ages 1, 3, and 4). We stopped contributing to their 529 plans a few years ago, as I felt they were fully funded. Now, I’m working on optimizing the investments and planning for all the tax impacts and strategies. At this point […]

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Moving to 100% in Stocks

Posted by Madison on September 16, 2010

I decided to move our portfolio into 100% stocks. But it’s not a scary as it might sound. I’ve been maintaining a 88/12 stock/bond asset allocation for awhile now. But we have a few components to our portfolio that haven’t been included. I want to include them for a more holistic picture. Pension Plan. The […]

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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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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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5% Certificates at Pentagon Federal

Posted by Madison on August 26, 2010

I just reserved a 5% CD at Pentagon Federal Credit Union, aka Penfed. Ironically, last week, I also refinanced our mortgage (again) to 3.625% at Penfed. It’s a little funny that they’re loaning money cheaper than they are borrowing it, but they’ve been known to do so, so it’s a double win for us. They’re […]

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Do You Have a Foodsaver?

Posted by Madison on August 12, 2010

Saving money on groceries doesn’t go very far if you have to throw away your food because of freezer burn. After a lot of thought and research, I bought a Foodsaver! Of course, I was supposed to be packing because we’re flying out for vacation soon… but I really wanted one to go along with […]

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Sucked Back into Obsessive Couponing

Posted by Madison on August 5, 2010

Remember a few years back when it was my resolution to stop couponing since I’d become such a compulsive obsessive couponer? I did great for a few years and bought whatever we wanted. Then our food budget started to creep up. I started ordering from Peapod and when the driver told me they accepted internet […]

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A Closer Look at a Lending Club Default

Posted by Madison on July 29, 2010

I just checked my Lending Club account. And I saw my first charge off. My part of the charge off was only $20, but the loan was for someone doing a $15,000 kitchen and bath remodel. The part that surprised me, was that it was an A grade loan. However even with an A grade, […]

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