Happy New Year

December 31, 2010

What are your big plans for 2011? For years, I’d start out January 1st full of good intentions but my momentum always seemed to fizzle out by mid-February. Then, right after graduating from college, I finally got serious about following through and started to see real results. Almost all the success I’ve had in life […]

Why I Love My American Express Blue Cash Card – Amex Blue Cash Review

December 27, 2010

Blue Cash from American Express is one of the top cash back cards, click here to see if you qualify for it’s rewards. Review last updated, September 2011. Credit cards can be a useful financial tool for those that access credit responsibly; they can actually be used as a way to make some extra money! […]

Payroll Tax Cut 2011

December 26, 2010

The payroll tax cut comes as part of the federal tax cut extensions that address the Bush tax cuts which were ending.  To make up for the expiring Making Work Pay tax credit, the 2011 payroll tax cut reduces the amount you contribute to Social Security by 2% next year. It won’t impact your federal […]

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010

I hope you’re having a merry Christmas!  Our four year old son has made this one of the most enjoyable holidays in a long time.  His excitement and wonder have been contagious.  It’s neat to think back to a time when even the smallest things could be so exciting. He didn’t get that many presents […]

Angies List Cities

December 20, 2010

After announcing the Angies List membership giveaway yesterday I had some questions over email about which locations the membership could be used in.  So I put together a list of Angies List cities where members submit their reviews of local contractors.  It’s a pretty big list so I’ll put it at the end of the post. […]

Angies List Free Membership Giveaway

December 19, 2010

Angies List is a service that we’ve used to find quality contractors to do work on our home; such as electricians, plumbers, exterminators, foundation work, etc.  I won’t go into all the reasons that we use the service, I wrote more about that in my Angies List review. We actually don’t use the service as much as […]

SmartyPig Review

December 18, 2010

SmartyPig is an online savings account that helps you save up for specific goals and can give you a form of cash bonus once you meet them.  The SmartyPig interest rate is competitive, the savings tools can be useful, and the bonus you get on gift cards from Macy’s, Travelocity, Amazon, and other retailers can help boost your savings. […]

Why I Quit My Job

December 17, 2010

I just finished watching an episode of the TV show “The Office” and it started me thinking about how and why I quit my previous job.  I imagine my story isn’t all that different from yours if you’ve ever left a job you were unhappy with.  If I had to guess, there were probably some […]

Costco Discounts and the Worst Credit Cards

December 15, 2010

Costco memberships and fake credit cards have been the topics of choice for me in my latest articles over at Wisebread.  I thought you might find a few good tips in some of them so I wanted to share a little about them. Costco Discounts I’ve become a fan of the warehouse club ever since […]

Blue Cash $25 Promotion

December 14, 2010

Our Blue Cash card was the topic of a nice chat I had this week with Reuters journalist Linda Stern.  She was looking for examples of people who were using rewards credit cards and she ran aross my article on how we use our AmEx Blue Cash card. I wrote the article several years ago so her […]

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