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10 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund for Fun

by Luke Landes

Most people will be receiving a tax refund this year, and many people I know have received theirs already. There are two reasons people would receive a tax refund: either they’re not minimizing their withholding throughout the year and missing out on interest or investment returns they could earn, or they deliberately overpay for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

Here are a few good articles from the folks of the MoneyBlogNetwork. Nickel takes a look at his decision to refinance his mortgage. Jim from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity writes about calculating and paying quarterly estimated tax payments, which I will start doing this year. Free Money Finance says Suze Orman knows nothing about investing. ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Roundup, Fibonacci Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles that caught my attention this past week. Think of this as my own personal Carnival of Personal Finance. 1. How to Improve Your Credit Score (Free Money Finance) 1. 1907 Salaries and Today (Blueprint for Financial Prosperity) 2. Time to Sell Your House and Rent? (Mighty Bargain Hunter) 3. Yesterday’s Market ... Continue reading this article…

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What I Did With My Bonus

by Luke Landes

After taxes, my bonus amounted to about $2,000. The funds arrived in my checking account this morning, but thanks to an automatic transfer, the entire sum has been whisked away to a savings account at ING Direct for “relocation.” This account contains the funds that should be used towards my next move, whether a down ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, February 2007 ($77,994, +3.66%)

by Luke Landes

February wasn’t as nice to me as January was, particularly thanks to the stock market issues in the last days of the month. So while overall I’m only up 3.66 percent in the last month, my non-invested accounts are up 7.23 percent. Here are some notes. I’m now including a line for my company stock purchase plan ... Continue reading this article…

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Extreme Frugality: Living Out of Your Car

by Luke Landes

A few months ago, television watchers like myself were bombarded by commercials featuring a young man attempting to “live” out of his car for a few days. However, this guy has been doing it since July 2005. Andy Bussell lives out of his pickup truck, sleeping in the back. He wakes up, showers at the ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, Binary Dollar posted the latest Carnival of Personal Finance, with “celebrity” mug shots. Here are some of my favorite articles: * MyMoneyForest: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever (an expensive wedding dress) * Money Under 30: What the Housing Market Means For Under 30 Homeowners and First Time Buyers * No Credit Needed: Attitudes ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s Winner of You Call the Shots: Jeremy from Generation X Finance!

by Luke Landes

Each day this week, I will be selecting one random visitor to win a copy of You Call the Shots by Cameron Johnson (reviewed here). The first winner is Jeremy from Generation X Finance! Jeremy commented on a post looking for advice for dealing with debt collectors. I have four copies of the book left ... Continue reading this article…

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