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Archive for the ‘Planning’ Category

Speaking Well of the Dearly Departed: You

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

If you’re like me, you hold the firm belief that a personal finance site like the one you’re currently visiting should occasionally offer more than the usual advice.
Oh, it’s fine if these posts primarily advance ways to track down the best savings account, how to save on life insurance or find the best zero percent [...]

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Published on May 21st, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Insurance, Planning
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Wills that leave values, not valuables

Written by Jeffrey Steele - One Comment

You’re accustomed to seeing personal-finance articles on this site, and a quick scan of the archives will reveal every imaginable personal-finance subject.
You’ll find blogs about the best zero-percent-APR credit cards and how to track down the best high-yield savings accounts. You’ll spot posts on financial plans and funding home purchases and college educations. And you’ll [...]

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Published on May 7th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life, Planning
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Have you considered these low-cost healthcare options?

Written by William Cowie - 7 Comments

We have a nephew who lives in Switzerland whose wife recently gave birth to their second son. She stayed in hospital for an entire week and the blessed event cost them … nothing. Contrast that with this report from the New York Times, detailing the high cost of childbirth in the States. Obamacare is an attempt [...]

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Published on April 30th, 2014
Modified on April 24th, 2014 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Insurance, Planning, Self Employment, Taxes
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Make an appointment with yourself to manage your money

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This is a guest post from J.D. Roth, who founded the blog Get Rich Slowly in 2006. Roth wrote Your Money: The Missing Manual and is the “Your Money” columnist for Entrepreneur magazine. His latest project is a year-long course on how to master your money, which explains how to slash costs and boost income [...]

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Published on April 22nd, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning, Saving & Investing
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Time to think about taxes, again!

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

Yes, I know we’re just past last year’s tax season, but good tax planning works only if we start early enough for the current year. Having last year’s tax return still fresh in memory gives us a great start for next year’s tax planning.
Understand how your income is being taxed
Do you know what your effective tax [...]

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Published on April 21st, 2014
Modified on April 15th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Planning, Taxes
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Parents’ attitudes toward money and kids

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

As parents, we pick up a fair amount of information from other parents. There’s some good advice, some bad advice, and then there are opinion surveys.
Even though I tend to second-guess the way some of the questions are phrased, I like opinion surveys because they are a window into what large numbers of other people are [...]

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Published on April 14th, 2014
Modified on April 11th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Planning, Saving & Investing
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Worst-case-scenario playbook

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

This is the time of year when I annually confer with my financial adviser. As I drove to meet him in his office a couple weeks ago, I had reason to expect we’d both be in jovial moods. The stock market’s performance over the past year has been stellar, after all, and my account has [...]

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Published on April 9th, 2014
Modified on April 2nd, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Frugality, Planning, Retirement
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How to save money on road trips

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

It is time to plan summer vacations. If you are planning to fly to your destination, now is the best time to start setting up price alerts for the plane tickets and signing up for credit cards if you want to use the miles and perks that come with carrying a particular airline card. With an [...]

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Published on March 10th, 2014
Modified on March 7th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Automotive, Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality, Planning, Travel
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Money mistakes to avoid in your 20s

Written by Suba Iyer - 7 Comments

The year 2013 was a milestone for me with lots of life changes. As I step deep into my 30s now, I thought it might be interesting to take a look back at my 20s. If I could go back and give my 22-year-old self some sage money advice (I was just out of college and [...]

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Published on February 24th, 2014
Modified on February 18th, 2014 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Planning, Saving & Investing
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Failing to plan is planning to fail

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

It’s that time again, time for the inevitable turn-of-the-year vows to eat smarter, exercise more and be nicer to friends and family. One in a hundred may actually keep those commitments and become healthier, better people in the process.
Others may focus on becoming financially healthier, promising themselves they will look harder for the best credit [...]

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Published on January 15th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Planning
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