A Bit of Auto Bailout Humor

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

The #1 Tax Tip for 2008

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 […]

Mid-Holiday Roundup

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 […]

Charities of Choice (2008 Edition)

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 […]

Six Ways to Save Money this Holiday Season

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 […]

Award Winning Books About Money

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, […]

What’s the Best Tax Prep Software?

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 […]

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Relief for 2008?

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 […]

With Rates Going Up, Should You Refinance Your Mortgage?

Despite recent upticks in mortgage rates, they’re still at a relatively low point historically. But now that the Fed is cautiously increasing its benchmark rates, you can expect that mortgage rates will start ticking back up, as well. It’s hard to say exactly where the rates will land in the next year or more. But one […]

Homemade Christmas Gifts: 18 Do-it Yourself Ideas

With just over a week until Christmas, preparations around here are moving into high gear. As we’ve gotten older and our extended family has grown, we’ve really scaled back when it comes to gift giving with our extended family. Not only are we giving fewer gifts, but the ones that we do give tend to […]