Searching for Retirement

November 17, 2006

A search on last night for the word retirement returned 20 hits over the last two days. It’s definitely a hot topic but are we over-thinking it? As a person under 30 it’s hard for me to project where I’ll be during retirement. That time is so far away, how do I know what […]

Where Do You Stop on the Way Up the Corporate Ladder?

November 16, 2006

Which rung of the corporate ladder are you on? Which one are you aiming for? Did you have to work hard to get where you are today? How much harder are you willing to work to keep moving up? In my early years as a software developer I used to look at the big cheeses […]

How Will You Spend Black Friday?

November 15, 2006

What are you looking forward to most about Thanksgiving weekend; relaxing with friends and family or dashing madly from store to store? What I want to know is who decided that Thanksgiving weekend should be all about shopping? As an inherently cheap person, I’m really torn between joining the dash to score a deal and […]

Lunch Money Arbitrage

November 14, 2006

Gen X Finance wrote today about his “Brown Bag Experiment“, and how much money he could save a year by brown bagging it. I’m all for saving money but sometimes you need to get out, whether it’s to network or maybe to get away from your “favorite person” at work. If you’re the type that […]

Who Wants Free Estate Planning?

November 14, 2006

How much would you expect to pay for a good attorney to draw up your will? Free Beats Expensive, Any Day The various price quotes I received for simple estate plans several years ago were what delayed me from taking action on this important financial planning step. Luckily, before I decided to bite the bullet […]

Do You Need A Financial Checkup?

November 12, 2006

Financial Health and Physical Health Why do we need to take care of our financial health? To achieve financial freedom. Why do we need to take care of our physical health? To help us live a long life and enjoy the years we’re alive. There are many similarities between keeping yourself physically and financially healthy. […]

Financial Checkup – Teamwork

November 12, 2006

Financial Checkup Recap The Financial Checkup series looks at how to improve our financial health. So far we’ve talked about our financial Behavior and how to Motivate ourselves to change it. Surrounding ourselves with good Influences will help us learn from them and pick up their financially healthy habits. One way to find an influence […]

Last Minute Tax Strategies – Follow Up

November 11, 2006

The post A Quick Guide for Last Minute Tax Strategies reviews some strategies that H&R Block suggests for reducing our 2006 taxes. There is another strategy that applies to many homeowners that they probably should have included. Early Mortgage Payments Strategy Make your January 2007 mortgage payment before the end of December 2006. Savings Increase […]

A Quick Guide for Last Minute Tax Strategies

November 10, 2006

Act now before it’s too late! A recent H&R Block press release details how we’re running out of time to reduce our taxes for 2006. This quick guide summarizes each strategy, its potential savings, and important things to consider. Read them through, if any apply to you, get on the ball! 1) Retirement ContributionsStrategyIf you […]

Are Americans Obsessed with Money?

November 9, 2006

What is the one thing most Americans have in common? Amanda Congdon, former host of the popular videoblog Rocketboom, has been traveling across America and from her journey she concludes that many of us “seemed to have money on the brain”. When asked by Guy Kawasaki what she’d learned from her trip across the country […]

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