What is Your Favorite Cash Back Program?

Posted by Madison on June 19, 2009

What is your favorite cash back program? That’s what a reader, Howard, wants to know. He brings up a great point: I’m sure mathematically, it might make sense to pick the optimal program every time. For those of us who don’t wish to keep track of so many, do you recommend one over the others? […]

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Money By the Numbers

Posted by Madison on June 15, 2009

Photography: Numbers in Transport by James Cridland My boys have been busy working on letters and numbers recently, so I thought it would be fun to follow up Personal Finance A to Z with an expanded money by the numbers and my favorite find in each. Personal Finance: By the Numbers 1 Reason Not to […]

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11 Ways to Save Money This Month

Posted by Madison on May 11, 2009

I decided at the beginning of May, that I wanted to look for ways to save money each day this month. Finding ways to save money is a fun game when you set your mind on it! We often say to ourselves that we want to save money, but implementing is often the hard part. […]

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Solar Energy Tax Credit: Will You Install Solar Panels?

Posted by Madison on April 22, 2009

The economic stimulus plan lifted the maximums on the solar energy tax credits, making the purchase of solar panels very appealing. Since we decided not to downsize and stay in our house long term, we’re considering installing solar panels this summer. I thought it would be fitting to celebrate Earth Day with some details about […]

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16 Second Quarter Financial Tips

Posted by Madison on April 20, 2009

Each quarter, I like to do a financial check in. It’s a good reminder to reevaluate some topics that have been on the backburner and a great time to address new topics that depend on the time of year. With tax season complete and summer on the way, here are tips to get your finances […]

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The Final Decision on Downsizing

Posted by Madison on April 2, 2009

I tossed out the idea of buying a less expensive house in Should We Downsize?. Readers came to the rescue with lots of great points to consider in Should We Downsize? More Considerations. After a lot of thought, we made our decision. We will not be downsizing. Financial Impacts of Downsizing Ironically, I envisioned dollars […]

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Personal Finance A to Z

Posted by Madison on March 9, 2009

Photography Jukebox Working on your finances each day can get pretty boring if you don’t spice it up once in awhile. Challenge yourself to think in a different way, or try something new today! Looking for a place to start? The personal finance alphabet is a fun way to work through your finances from A […]

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Should We Downsize?

Posted by Madison on February 26, 2009

Downsizing seems to be the hot topic at our house lately. My husband and I had a long discussion last week. It revolved around finances, lifestyle, goals and happiness. Since I quit my job 5 months ago, I’ve never been happier! Downsizing I took interest in the CNN story about a couple selling their home […]

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Time to Refinance?

Posted by Madison on January 15, 2009

It’s a good thing I don’t have a job! Or else I’d be refinancing again… I think in the past 7 years, we’ve had 3 houses, and at least 8 mortgages! It seems like every time I turn around there is a lower rate, or a better loan. I turned into a refinance junkie. I […]

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Simplify Your Holidays in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by Madison on December 15, 2008

Photography iwishtheyweremine by Paul Keleher Is your December out of hand? Gift lists, parties, decorations, shopping…. I’m just as guilty, trying to squeeze in everything before the holidays. Let’s face it, adding stress to the holiday season doesn’t usually make it more fun. Today, let’s step back and assess what we have left to do. […]

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