Credit Card Arbitrage, Investing, Lending Club and More!

Posted by Madison on April 16, 2008

For a change of pace I’m doing a mid-week roundup of my favorite personal finance articles of the week. I’m deep in spreadsheet mode lately as I have come up with yet another plan to tweak some of our strategies to change things around at home. I’m reprioritizing some of our 2008 goals and considering […]

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Retirement, Taxes, Homemade Cleaners and More!

Posted by Madison on March 30, 2008

We got as far as we could yesterday on our taxes. Now I’m going to have to work on a strategy to recharacterize to finish it up. Since the taxes are at a standstill for a few days, I’ve been hard at work crunching the numbers on a possible refinance. Stay tuned as I’ll document […]

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Tax Weekend and The Money Writers

Posted by Madison on March 29, 2008

This weekend I’m busy crunching numbers. I’m trying to finish up our taxes and despite my organization, we ran into some problems. Our income disqualified us from some expected credits. Luckily I have some room to work with it, but I’m trying to calculate the optimal long-term solution with a few different choices. Stay tuned […]

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Weekly Roundup: Car Shopping Edition

Posted by Madison on March 1, 2008

We might go car shopping today… depending on the weather. Not buying yet, but just looking at some of the cars mentioned in great family cars. Just in time for my car search is the Consumer Reports: 10 Best Cars for 2008 at My Two Dollars. I’ll consider adding some of these cars to my […]

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Groundhog Day Saves You Money

Posted by Madison on February 2, 2008

Today is a special day for a friend of mine. Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day they go out for a special date for Groundhog Day. It’s a great idea to avoid the crowds and save some money since many of the restaurants raise their prices for the special Valentine’s Day menu. I hope the Groundhog announces spring […]

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Roundup: The Airlines Extended Our Vacation!

Posted by Madison on January 8, 2008

We were supposed to fly home on Sunday. Luckily my mom noticed all the incoming flights were canceled and gave us a call. I’d much rather extend our vacation than be stranded in O’hare with two infants unable to get to our carseats. Unfortunately I had already spent about 2 hours trying to pack our suitcases […]

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Roundup: Vacation, Carnival, and a Challenge

Posted by Madison on December 29, 2007

Gather Little By Little had the best Christmas ever. We’re also having a great time. We had four family Christmas gatherings and are now spending two weeks down South relaxing. We don’t have anything specific planned which is a great feeling after all the holiday stress.  My Two Dollars didn’t get a Wii for Christmas. We didn’t […]

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Roundup: More snow!

Posted by Madison on December 8, 2007

We’ve already had 2 snowstorms this week and there’s more snow on the way today. It’s only the first week in December and by tomorrow we will already have a foot of snow! Good thing I like snow! If you are stuck inside today too, here’s some great reading: