May 2013

Tax Software Cost Comparison

For some people, choosing a tax software package comes down to trust. They want to go with the name they’ve heard of. And that’s fine. Trusting your software is important. For me, it comes down to price. That’s why I prefer a lesser-known software called TaxAct. It’s just as good, just as accurate, and much cheaper. Of course, free is the cheapest, so find out how to win…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Overtaxing the Rich

I saw an interesting story on CNNMoney about the recent trend toward taxing the rich to pay for government programs, both major and minor. I was already a bit stabby about the “tax them if they make more than $250,000″ mantra, and now I’m even stabbier. If you want to see me “defend the rich,” keep reading. If not, then feel free to yell at me in the comments starting now. Is…
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How to Use Up Leftover Cream

What to do with Heavy Cream Leftovers? I tend to have leftover cream fairly frequently, and I hate wasting this delicious nectar of the gods. So, I’ve developed a list of tried and true uses for heavy cream. I’ve also recently discovered some new ones, but I haven’t actually tried all of these yet. I can’t fully vouch for their effectiveness. 29 uses for Heavy cream leftovers here…
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March Debt Reduction Progress

One of my 2008 financial resolutions is to pay off $40,000 in debt. February was a great month for debt reduction. We didn’t have a windfall this month, so our progress wasn’t quite as spectacular, but we’re still on track to pay off the full $40,000 by the end of December. I’ve also made more progress on other goals. Debt Reduction Successes in March This month we paid another $3400 towards our…
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2009 TaxAct Tax Software Review

I’m a longtime user of TaxAct online tax software for one reason: it’s cheap. After completing my return in the H&R Block At Home software, I took this year’s version of TaxAct for a spin. Call my crazy, but I’ve actually started to like doing my returns twice. Yes, it takes me an extra hour, but it’s a good way to make sure I didn’t forget to include…
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Six Year End Preparations

2010 is nearly over, and I am thrilled. 2010 was easily one of the worst years of my life. I’m eagerly looking forward to 2011. With that in mind, I’ve outlined six things I need to do prepare for the new year. Set New Goals Because this year went so badly, I don’t think I met any of my goals for 2010. I’ll check tomorrow. So, it’s time…
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The Carnival is Here!

Before I get to the blog carnivals, I want to mention Alltop, a new blog aggregator from Guy Kawasaki. It aggregates feeds on just about every topic on the planet, from celebrities to Linux. Of course, I’m partial to the personal finance section. And now on to the carnivals! Festival of Frugality#117 was hosted by I’ve Paid for This Twice Already. In addition to my post on wondering if frugality is in the…
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Win a Flip Video Camera and Remember Free Shipping Day

We’re ramping up to the holidays, so who has time to read blogs? My feeds overrunneth! So I’ll keep this short and sweet and tell you how to get free stuff! Win One of 10 Flip Video Cameras First, make sure you enter AskMrCreditCard’s content to win one of 10 Flip video cameras from the good people at Amex (we love Amex.) To enter, you have to subscribe to his…
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Best and Worst Places to Stash Money

There have been a couple of recent high profile losses of large amounts of stolen money. Most of us aren’t in the habit of hiding a million dollars in the mattress, but you probably have a few dollars stashed somewhere in your house. So where are the best and worst places to hide money? Best Places to Stash Money The Bank Unless you’re Al Capone, a bank is the best…
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Are Hybrids Really Worth the Extra Cost?

This weekend, I heard a CNN expert say that switching to a hybrid won’t really save many people much money, once you factor in the cost of the new vehicle and the lower trade-in for the older vehicle. So how much money do hybrids really save? Factors in Favor of Hybrids There are three main factors in favor of buying a hybrid: Lower cost for fuel Less pollution…
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