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How To Make That 1099 Less Taxing

One of the TV moments that I still find absolutely hilarious a long time after its first airing is Reverend Jim from “Taxi” taking his driver’s license exam. This clip STILL cracks me up every time I see it. While Rev. Jim not knowing what a yellow light means is not a big financial issue (although, I swear that A LOT of drivers I’ve seen lately have absolutely no clue what it means either), not knowing what a 1099 means could provide quite a shock to the recipient. Read more

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How to Save Money On Your Travel Bookings

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about ways to reduce “fixed” expenses to free up money for goals like paying down debt or saving for a home purchase or retirement. But of course, it’s generally easier to reduce discretionary expenses that we have more control over like eating out and travel. The challenge is doing that without feeling like we’re depriving ourselves.  Read more

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The Number One Reason Couples Fight About Money and How to Stop

70% of fights within couples are about money according to a Money magazine poll, which really doesn’t surprise me. That’s one of the reasons our new book, What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You: The 10 Essential Truths You Need to Know About Your Money, dedicates a whole chapter to love and money. What surprises me is that so many people I talk to about this are unaware of the underlying issues that lead to these fights. Very rarely is it actually about the money. In my experience, it’s usually more about a difference in values relating to money.

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Is It Better to Rent or Own?

One of the biggest questions I get when I talk to people is, “Is it better to rent or own?” I tell them that it is not as simple as a yes or no answer. The cost of living in your area, your area’s housing market, and your financial stability are all factors in deciding if renting or owning is the better decision. For some, renting temporarily is a better option but no matter what I say, I normally get the following rebuttals from those determined to buy a home now: Read more

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4 Things An Actuary Can Teach Us About Money

In a post last week about how choosing the right life partner can be the most financially wise choice you ever make, I wrote about how my husband Steve is my financial inspiration. He truly is a “financial hero,” who’s made wise choices about money his entire life. I am continually impressed by his natural talents as a money manager. I came to my financial beliefs and behaviors the hard way, learning from missteps I made in my 20′s…not Steve. He was born this way – a sensible, long term, evidence-based investor.  Read more

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Are You Lip Syncing Through Your Financial Life?

I’ve recently become a huge fan of the show Lip Sync Battle. Seeing celebrities “sing” the hits of their favorite artists while doing some very entertaining dances is absolutely hilarious. While it’s one of my guilty pleasures and has led to some world class laughter (“The Rock” as Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway as Miley Cyrus, Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan Tatum), in one of my odd “connect the dots” moments, I realized that I was having a conversation with someone who was lip syncing her life. Read more

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5 Reasons Not to Put Off Your Taxes

By now, you should have received the documents you need to file your taxes. I know it’s easy to procrastinate though. After all, I’ve had my share of late night runs to the post office on April 15th. (You actually have until April 18th to file your taxes this year because the IRS will be shut down on April 15th for “Emancipation Day.”) But there are some very good reasons not to put off filing your taxes: Read more

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Don’t Let a Backdoor Roth IRA Become a Trapdoor IRA

One of the things I love most about working at Financial Finesse is the privilege of working with some of the best financial planners in the nation. My Floridian colleague, Mark Dennis, is near the top of that list. Not only is he a master fisherman with a hilarious wit about him, he’s in the final stages of earning his Ph.D and writing a dissertation exploring the factors that affect when people choose to take Social Security. In other words, he’s much smarter than me. This week, I’m sharing some of Mark’s wisdom with this guest post on a topic that comes up more and more in our helpline calls.

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Want to Quit Your 2016 Budget? Don’t!

If you have read any of my prior blog posts, you probably know that I have a thing for chocolate. I even do a run called “Hot Chocolate” held  in January. I do the 15K, about 9 miles, with water and chocolate stops along the way. Once I am done, you are given hot chocolate and I gulp it down in about 30 seconds. Despite the sub-freezing temperatures, I enjoy the runs because they gives me and my friends uninterrupted girl time to catch up. Read more

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Your Life Partner Can Be Your Best Financial Friend

As our CEO says in her new book, What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You, your life partner can be your worst financial enemy. Choosing the wrong person in a relationship can wreak havoc on your financial well being. But what about choosing the right person? Is the converse true? Can your life partner be your best financial friend? Read more

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