Archive for December 2008

A Bit of Auto Bailout Humor

Written by Nickel - 25 Comments

In need of some Holiday cheer? How about a bit of bailout humor?
If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Enjoy!

Source: Buffalo Beast

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Published on December 30th, 2008 - 25 Comments
Filed under: Automotive, Economy, Humor
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The #1 Tax Tip for 2008

Written by Nickel - 8 Comments

According to a recent piece in the Boston Globe, the most important thing that you can do as we head into tax season is to make sure that your return is accurate. According to tax attorney Ian Comisky,”Because of a huge deficit and major enforcement initiatives by the IRS, an inaccurate return will have a [...]

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Published on December 29th, 2008 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Taxes
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$250 WT Direct Signup Bonus – Expiring Soon

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In case you missed it, WT Direct is currently offering a bonus of up to $250 as part of their Winter Bonus Blast promo. But you had better act fast — the offer expires on 12/31/08.
Here’s the scoop… They’re currently paying 3.06% APY for accounts with a balance of at least $10k as well [...]

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Published on December 29th, 2008 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Banking
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Discover Business $100 Bonus – Expiring Soon

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Unfortunately, this Discover offer has expired… The good news is that Amex Preferred Gold Rewards is offering a $100 signup bonus.
Simply apply for the card and spend a total of $500 within the first three months to qualify for the bonus. Apply now and get a decision in 60 seconds!

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Published on December 29th, 2008
Modified on December 31st, 2008 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Mid-Holiday Roundup

Written by Nickel - One Comment

Here we are, halfway between Christmas and New Year’s. Our holidays started with a relaxing Christmas Eve followed by an enjoyable Christmas morning. We then headed to the airport on Christmas afternoon and jetted off to visit family. Since then, we’ve been busy, busy, busy, as I’m sure many of you have been.
All of this [...]

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Published on December 29th, 2008 - One Comment
Filed under: Link Love
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Charities of Choice (2008 Edition)

Written by Nickel - 6 Comments

Every year around this time, my wife and I sit down to figure out our charitable giving. I’ve mentioned in the recent past that times like these can be tough for charities, as monetary giving often dries up. Fortunately, we’ve had a good year, and are planning on increasing our giving this year as compared [...]

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Published on December 22nd, 2008 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Charity
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Six Ways to Save Money this Holiday Season

Written by Nickel - 11 Comments

As we head into the final shopping weekend before Christmas, I just wanted to share a few tips for enjoying your holiday season without breaking the bank. If you’ve already broken the bank, no worries… You can always file this away for next year.

Consider cutting back. Instead of exchanging gifts with anyone an [...]

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Published on December 19th, 2008 - 11 Comments
Filed under: Frugality
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Award Winning Books About Money

Written by Nickel - One Comment

If you’re looking for some last minute gifts ideas, a reader recently tipped me off to the results of this year’s Axiom Book Awards. If you’re not familiar with them, the Axiom Awards are “designed to bring increased recognition to the year’s very best business books and their creators.” There are actually 25 different categories, [...]

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Published on December 19th, 2008 - One Comment
Filed under: Miscellany
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What’s the Best Tax Prep Software?

Written by Nickel - 78 Comments

With tax season just around the corner, I thought I’d go ahead and open a thread on the best tax prep software. As I’ve noted in the past, we’ve always used TurboTax, which is produced by Intuit. Turbo Tax is not, however, the only kid on the block. Moreover, they’ve recently been the subject of [...]

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Published on December 18th, 2008
Modified on March 31st, 2010 - 78 Comments
Filed under: Taxes
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Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Relief for 2008?

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As I noted a week ago, both the House and the Senate have voted to suspend the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for 2009. Unfortunately for those hoping for relief in 2008, this news was too little, too late. That being said, the Treasury Department has the authority to grant RMD relief for 2008, and they’ve [...]

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Published on December 18th, 2008 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Retirement, Saving & Investing, Taxes
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