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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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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Fix These Expenses Before They’re Fixed For You

Last week, I wrote about the importance of reducing so-called “fixed” expenses and not just discretionary ones like that morning coffee at Starbucks.The important thing is to reduce them before they become fixed. Here are some of the key decision points in which you can make that happen: Read more

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Your Phone to Manage Your Money

A common request from users of our Financial Helpline is for money management app recommendations. I haven’t found one yet that I love, so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make it simple and painless to track expenses, stick to a budget and save more money. In other words, I’m in search of the My Fitness Pal for money.

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Why Saving Money is As Hard For You As It is For the Government

Did you have a New Year’s Resolution to save more money this year? How’s that going? If you’re struggling, you’re certainly not alone.  Read more

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The Easiest Way to Save On Your Taxes

I think one of the reasons these mid-January and February days are so dreary is that it’s also tax time. Your mailbox and even your email inbox these days are being graced with tax forms, reminding you that preparing your income taxes is looming over your head. One of the reasons I dread tax time is because I can no longer procrastinate getting my records organized, and in doing so, it inevitably adds a bunch more to-do’s to my list of things I’d rather not be doing in my free time.  Read more

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How to Survive the Holiday Break With Your Kids

I really do love my kids. But after two weeks of being indoors with them, we both welcome the new school year. I am always on the hunt for inexpensive things to do to keep my kids occupied during this season. Here are some of my favorites: Read more

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Treat Christmas Shopping Like a Military Operation

I recently ran into some old friends of mine at a school event. It’s amazing how people get paired with their opposites. The wife is carefree and never gets upset. The husband is about one obsession shy of having OCD.  Read more

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Can You Walk Your Way Out of Debt?

I was talking with one of my fellow financial planners, Cynthia Meyer, about a wide range of topics recently. During our conversation, I laughed that I was feeling too lazy to walk the two blocks from where I live to the grocery store. That’s when she told me this story of when she decided to walk EVERYWHERE…. Read more

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