Personal Finance Week in Review – Spring Fever Edition

March 31, 2007

Spring has arrived; it is a beautiful day here in the Midwest. I’d rather be outside than typing away so we’ll keep this weekly review short and sweet. Saving more than you spend and increasing your earnings power are two keys to building your net worth. Henry gives us a great visual with a venn […]

Keeping Your Tax Return Safe

March 30, 2007

Losing your tax return in a public area is your worst nightmare and an identity thief’s dream come true! Mobile Tax Return I use Turbo Tax to do our family taxes every year. I store the tax file on a flash drive so I can access it from multiple computers. In addition, I have last […]

Do You Have the Midas Touch? How Can You Turn Money Problems into Gold?

March 29, 2007

How can we turn our money pits into money fountains? We can take a lesson from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Elephants in Manhattan The Ringling Bros Circus can’t get their elephants into Madison Square Garden via the typical means of customized railroad car when they visit New York City. The circus […]

What are Your Money Stories?

March 29, 2007

A collection of stories about people’s personal finance experiences will appear here on Monday, 4/2, in the Carnival of Money Stories. If you have a story of your own to share, you can submit it with the Money Stories form.  Looking forward to reading lots of interesting stories!

How 5 Minutes Can Save You $120

March 27, 2007

Talk about easy money! I spent under 5 minutes on the phone with Comcast today and dropped my cable bill by $20 a month for the next six months. Here are some ways I saved some quick cash with minimal effort. Choose the Right Technique I opted for the “Best Buds” approach (how to ask […]

Take Nothing for Granted

March 27, 2007

We think we have it bad with credit card debt, crappy health insurance, and high gas prices but in reality we’re living a life others only dream about. A Different World My parents make bi-annual visits to Central America to provide health care for some of the poorest people in the Americas. They recently returned […]

How to Save Money on Kid’s Toys

March 26, 2007

Have you ever walked into a family’s playroom so overflowing with toys that there wasn’t a place to walk? It’s scenes like these that make the CEO’s of the big toy companies smile. Kiddie Consumers An article in the International Business Times last month reminds us that the toy companies are depending on our kids […]

Honda’s Free Oil Change May Cost You Hundreds

March 25, 2007

If you own a Honda, you can get a “free” oil change on April 7th at your local Honda dealer during their annual car care day. Free is nice, however, there’s a reason Honda is giving away oil changes free of charge. No Strings Attached? The flyer I received in the mail offers a 40 […]

How Absentee Landlords can Save Thousands of Dollars with One Simple Change

March 24, 2007

Managing a rental property from a distance can be a challenge for an absentee landlord. An important tip is to make sure the company that holds the mortgage for the rental property has your home mailing address on record as point of contact. If that’s not the case, make the change and avoid the unfortunate […]

9 Tax Mistakes to Avoid

March 23, 2007

I recently received an email from LL over at Tax Information about a timely topic, mistakes that people make when it comes to dealing with the tax man. The article lists nine tax mistakes and also talks briefly about how you can correct mistakes that have already been made. Here are the topics that are […]

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