Weekly Roundup – 12/29/06

Here’s a quick look at some of the articles that caught my eye over the past week…


Last Will and Trust (at Last!)

In late November, I wrote about the fact that we were finally putting together an estate plan. Well, last Friday, just before everything shut down for the Holidays, my wife and I finally put the whole “last will and testamentary trust” thing to rest… And not a moment too soon, as this was one of […]


Charities of Choice 2006, Part III: Our Local Food Bank

The third and final charity that we are focusing on this year is our local food bank. They’re actually part of America’s Second Harvest, which is the “National Food Bank Network.” You can go here and search by zip code to find details about your own local food bank. We opted to make a cash […]


Important 2007 Tax Filing Deadlines

As we head into the New Year, I thought I’d put together a rundown of key tax-related deadlines for 2007: January 16th – Final estimated tax payments for 2006 due using Form 1040-ES. January 31st – If you didn’t pay your final estimated installment by January 16th, file your return by this date to avoid […]


Charities of Choice 2006, Part II: The American Red Cross

The second charity that we are focusing on this year is the American Red Cross. I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for the Red Cross ever since our second son was born. Due to complications during her C-section, my wife ended up needing multiple blood transfusions, and the blood was supplied by none […]


Registering an LLC

As I’ve mentioned in the past, my wife and I are in the process of separating our business and personal finances. When I talk about “business, ” I am (of course) talking about income from online publishing (including this site). Well, last week we took what is perhaps the biggest step toward creating a separate […]


Charities of Choice 2006, Part I: Modest Needs

Over the next few days, I thought that I’d spend a little time writing about our charities of choice. During the past year, I’ve moved to a new job (complete with a 45% raise) and our self-employment income has also jumped up considerably. Thus, we’ve decided to step up our charitable giving this year.


Opening an Optional 403(b)

Effective this month, I’ve enrolled in an optional 403(b) retirement plan through work. I’m contributing the max to my ‘standard’ defined contribution retirement plan (5% of my salary). When combined with the matching funds (a bit over 8% of my salary), I’m stashing a little better than 13% of my annual salary in that account. […]


Weekly Roundup – 12/22/06

Here’s a quick look at some of the articles that caught my eye this past week…


Warning: Airline Miles Expiring

A couple weeks ago, I ran across a post over at MyTwoDollars that clued me in to the possibility that our frequent flyer might be expiring at the end of the year. I pointed to this in one of my Weekly Roundups, but have since decided that it’s worth a post of its own… When […]