Act Now and Double Your Charity Donations for Half Price

December 22, 2006

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could donate $100 to your favorite charity and have them get a check for $200? Matching Gift Program Some corporations have a matching gift program where they will match their employee’s charitable donation dollar for dollar. You can search to see if your employer has such a program. […]

Carnival Highlights – 12/21/2006

December 21, 2006

I’ll start out with the The Festival of Frugality #53 hosted by Amy Clark over at Amy enjoyed my contribution on saving money on baby’s Christmas pictures and gave it one of the best posts of the week! Alright Amy! One of the things I had the most fun writing this week was Three […]

How Christmas Letters Can Make You a Happy Millionaire!

December 20, 2006

How many times have you read, “Past performance is no guarantee of future results“? Unlike investing, reflecting on your past performance in life and basing your actions on where you want to be can help guarantee future results. Our Annual Report Like a corporation’s annual report our yearly Christmas letter records the accomplishments, setbacks, and […]

Blogging is Costing Me Money, But I Don’t Care!

December 20, 2006

This chart is not the trend you want to see when you’re trying to build your net worth: I stumbled across the personal finance blogging community in September and started Money Smart Life the next day. You can see an obvious correlation between pfblogging and my decrease in eBay sales. eBay hasn’t posted a November […]

Christmas Cards, Small Investments with Great Rewards. Five People You Can’t Forget!

December 19, 2006

There are some people that touch your life in a major way. The Holidays are a great time to show them your appreciation for how they make your life better. Sending them a Christmas card or even a holiday treat not only says thanks but could even get you some special treatment next year :). […]

Your Money or Your Life? Life is Short!

December 18, 2006

In the second edition of Your Money or Your Life we get three reminders of how to balance spending money and living life, compliments of The Simple Dollar, One Frugal Girl, and Mapgirl. Life is Short I often get so caught up in the rush of the daily grind that it’s easy to overlook or […]

Three Investment Rules I Learned from Texas Hold’em

December 17, 2006

While learning to play Texas Hold’em over the last year I picked up several basic concepts that have held true and helped me improve my game. Three of these concepts can be applied to helping improve your investment returns as well. 1) Know When to Fold’em Sometimes in poker you start out with a promising […]

Carnival Roundup – 12/15/2006

December 15, 2006

It was Carnival Crazy this week at Money Smart Life: I talked about budgeting over at the Carnival of Debt Reduction Discussed what your 401k provider isn’t telling you at the Carnival of Investing Warned others about the dangers of automated bill pay at the Carnival of Personal Finance Talked about real vs fake Christmas […]

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Credit Card Alerts

December 15, 2006

How do you remember to pay your credit card bills? Some credit card companies have a service that alerts you to key events in the cycle of your credit card bill. I use these alerts for one of my credit cards and have had mixed results. The Good The best alerts come 7 days before […]

Six Irritating Year End Expenses that I Hate!

December 15, 2006

I usually try to write things of a positive nature here at Money Smart Life but I got our Home Owners Association year end bill in the mail today and it pissed me off! It seems everyone wants our money at the end of the year, which is usually when we have the least to […]

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