Postponing Taxes on a Roth IRA Conversion

Have you considered converting funds from your Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA? If you’re a regular reader, you’re aware that the income limits for Roth IRA conversions went away this year. What I haven’t talked about as much are the tax consequences of such conversions. To make a long story short, you’ll have to […]


What Tinky Winky Taught Me About Money

If you’re a parent, you probably know who Tinky Winky is. He’s one of the infamous Teletubbies – those colorful little TV creatures who live in Teletubby Land, of course. You remember his friends Po, Dipsy and Laa-laa, don’t you? I knew it would all come back to you. 🙂 Anyways… Tinky taught me a […]


Historical Mortgage Rates

Wondering why everyone is talking about mortgage rates these days? If so, then check out this graph… This is a graph of historical mortgage rates going back to 1986. As you can see, rates on 15- and 30-year fixed rate mortgages are currently really low. Back when we bought our first house in 2002, we […]


Tax Deductible Moving Expenses

This is a guest post from Manuel Davis of BackTaxesHelp.com. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to their RSS feed. The first time you move into a new place, the entire process can be exciting and fun. For most people, that novelty wears off after a few more moves, with the […]


Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card – 40k Bonus Points

As I’ve noted in the past, the credit card market has been coming back to life in recent months. As further evidence of this, the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is offering a signup bonus of 40k points after you spend $3, 000 in the first 3 months. This is a solid deal, as your 40k […]


Starting a Kitchen Garden

We’re chugging along through 2010, trying to meet our goals for the year. Since we’ve automated much of our finances, we’ve had some extra time to pursue other goals. Something that I’m particularly proud of is our small garden out front. We have a kitchen garden, meaning everything that we’re growing is meant to be […]


Why You Should Keep Your Financial Advisor

This is a guest post from Evan of My Journey to Millions. Evan is a fellow personal finance blogger, who is also an Attorney and works as a Director with a New York Financial and Estate Planning Firm. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed or following him […]


The High Cost of Being Single

Two can live as cheaply as one. We’ve heard this for years, but is it really true? Perhaps not, but there are definitely cost savings to be found when combining two households into one. With that in mind, I wanted to talk a bit about an article on the costs associated with being single that […]


Planning for Your Demise

If you want to do your spouse a favor, you should pretend you don’t exist… At least for a few hours. If you’re the one who manages the finances – and possibly earns most of the money – you’ll do your spouse a solid by simply going through this exercise. Ask your spouse how they’d […]


Social Security Taxes in 2010

As a followup to this morning’s post on the future of Social Security, I wanted to update you guys on the Social Security cap for 2010. As you may or may not be aware, Social Security taxes are capped such that you only have to pay this tax (denoted FICA-OASDI on your paycheck) on your […]