Archive for December, 2010

Happy Holidays (and Personal Finance Links)

The last few days, I’ve been in full holiday swing. It seems like I’ve been to party after party. Just last night we had SVB from The Digerati Life over. While these are a lot of fun, the rest of the holiday season has left me in a bit of a funk. I think it [...]
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How to Shop for Fitness Equipment this New Year

Finding the Right Fitness Equipment for the New Year Like many Americans, I have a New Year’s Resolution that involves physical fitness.  After all, one of the best investments you can make is to invest in yourself. I want to make working out a part of my daily routine in 2011.  There is one problem [...]

About the Author: Jeremy is a retirement planning specialist and founder of Generation X Finance and the guide to Financial Planning at About.com. To learn more, follow Jeremy on Twitter.

How to Shop for Fitness Equipment this New Year

Billionaire Winners and Losers from the Recession

I fared pretty well with my portfolio during the recession. Instead of being fearful and pulling my money out of the market, I took Warren Buffett’s advice and bought more. I bought shares in my IRA when the market was down (vs. dollar averaging throughout the year). I also purchased some US Steel stocks when [...]

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Create Great Savings Now for Next Year

While you’re quite likely to be exhausted both mentally and financially from this year’s go-around, believe it or not, now’s the perfect time to begin creating great savings for next year’s holiday season (as well as other everyday savings, too). Even the smallest invest in steeply discounted holiday wrapping paper, gift bags and ribbons can [...]

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charity for Russian children

I originally wrote this post a couple of years ago, but in the Christmas spirit I decided to update it a bit.  At the time I took place in a group writing project over at Babylune.  The project asked bloggers to highlight their favorite charity. I thought it was a great chance to offer a little support [...]

charity for Russian children is an original article from the website brip blap.

Why I Love My American Express Blue Cash Card – Amex Blue Cash Review

Blue Cash from American Express is one of the top cash back cards, click here to see if you qualify for it’s rewards. Review last updated, December 2010. Credit cards can be a useful financial tool for those that access credit responsibly; they can actually be used as a way to make some extra money! [...]

How to Appeal Your Property Taxes

Property taxes are one of the principal means that cities and municipalities use to raise revenue. Property taxes are generally based on two things: the value of the property itself, and the local rate of taxation. Both of these values can fluctuate depending on several different factors, including voter approved tax increases, city or state [...]

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Money Managers’ Picks for 2011: Investing for the Coming Year

The start of a new year is upon us once again and I’m looking forward to it. Maybe it’s because I’ve always had a less challenging year when the year was an odd number. You can certainly look upon that as yet another oddball indicator, but the streak has continued for me over the past [...]

Money Managers’ Picks for 2011: Investing for the Coming Year

Payroll Tax Cut 2011

The payroll tax cut comes as part of the federal tax cut extensions that address the Bush tax cuts which were ending.  To make up for the expiring Making Work Pay tax credit, the 2011 payroll tax cut reduces the amount you contribute to Social Security by 2% next year. It won’t impact your federal [...]

Merry Christmas!

I hope you’re having a merry Christmas!  Our four year old son has made this one of the most enjoyable holidays in a long time.  His excitement and wonder have been contagious.  It’s neat to think back to a time when even the smallest things could be so exciting. He didn’t get that many presents [...]

Citi ThankYou Premier & Preferred Cards

The Citi ThankYou Premier & Citi ThankYou Preferred cards from Citibank look to be the better two of the three new rewards cards Citi introduced this month. Along with the new ThankYou Prestige card, all three earn rewards points that can be redeemed through Citi’s ThankYou rewards program.  In addition to earning rewards points for each purchase, [...]

A TinTin Christmas: Merry Christmas To You!

Christmas is a time for kids and family — a time of remembrance and of reflection. One of the things I love to reminisce about is my childhood, which I spent in an entirely different world and culture. I grew up in a very loving family where I was lucky enough to have been cherished [...]

A TinTin Christmas: Merry Christmas To You!

Kindle gifts: last-minute gifts for the book lover

Since Kindle introduced their eBook reader in November 2007 they’ve revolutionized the way (some) people think about books and reading. I’ve been interested in these eBook readers (or eReaders or whatever term you like) since they were introduced.  After years of toying with the idea of buying one, my parents graciously gave me one as [...]

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Citi Preferred $50 Sign Up Bonus

Here’s a very special Christmas Eve Free Money Friday: Citi is offering a $50 gift card sign up bonus! How to Get Your $50 Gift Card Sign up for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card. Make $300 in purchases within the first three months and get 6,000 ThankYou bonus points. 6,000 points can be redeemed for [...]

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Happy Holidays and Giveaway Winners!

Before we get started with the giveaway winners, I’d like to take a moment and wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.  As most of you are celebrating over the next few days, our family will be doing the same.  Having said that, I’m going to take a few days off [...]

Weekly Roundup: Christmas Eve Edition

Just a quick note before the roundup to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. If you are like me, you’re probably looking forward to getting this ridiculous season of shopping behind us. I’m looking forward to getting the budget back on track in 2011. The Frugal Roundup My buddy J. Money [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Banking Online

It seems like everyone is banking online nowadays, right? In fact, I’ve had the same online savings account for the past eight years. Just recently though, I was offered an online checking account as well, so I thought that now might be a good opportunity to investigate the possibility of taking more of my banking [...]

The Pros and Cons of Banking Online

Ooma Winner, Christmas Shipping, and More

Happy holidays from our family to yours. While we’re busy celebrating our holiday traditions this week, I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! We’ll be heading out to visit family for the next few weeks, but you’ll be in good hands, as always, with our writers! Congrats to Dave J., the [...]

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Cheap Christmas? The Christmas Consumer Price Index Is Down

I took a look at the Christmas Price Index (CPI) last year to mull over the prices of the items that were part of the “12 Days of Christmas” ensemble. Last year, the prices were supposed to have stayed stable, while this year, prices have supposed to have slid. Sounds great, but…. I wonder about [...]

Cheap Christmas? The Christmas Consumer Price Index Is Down

10 Last-Minute Tool Gifts for the DIYer

The following guest post is from Jakob Barry. Jakob writes for Networx.com where you can find more information about DIY home renovation projects. Tools don’t make easy gifts, unless the do-it-yourself (DIY) friend specifically says “I lost my screwdriver” – or something to that effect. If that’s not the case, two of the most important [...]

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I have Prosopagnosia (and Personal Finance Links)

It’s true. I’m pretty sure that I have Prosopagnosia and I’ve had it a lot longer than 4 hours. I’ve had it my whole life in fact. I’m not running to the doctor though. Prosopagnosia is often referred to as face-blindness. My ability to recognize faces is simply not like most other people’s. It’s terrible. [...]
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Finding Luxury Designer Goods at Low Prices

We all know how good it feels to find luxury brand items at bargain prices.  In fact, we may be called frugal by everyone that knows us but we also enjoy products that are attractive, long lasting, and have less of a negative impact on the environment.  Those factors, along with our tight budget, are [...]

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Last Minute Shopping Bonuses and Deals

Have you finished your holiday shopping? This week we’re featuring special holiday themed shopping bonuses. In addition to the Gift Card Deals we covered recently, here are more discounts and opportunities to stretch your shopping budget. Here’s a list of shopping bonuses and deals for the last minute shoppers this week: Merchandise Amazon. Amazon is [...]

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Six Money Moves To Make Before Year End

The end of the year is always a good time for tying up loose ends.  Whether it’s preparing for a new and healthier you in the new year or taking care of some of this year’s resolution, now is usually the best time to close the books on the current year and get ready to [...]

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Bah Humbug! : 3 Ways to Be More Like Scrooge

This column was originally posted last Christmas.
A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite redemption stories. Charles Dickens introduces Ebenezer Scrooge as a wealthy but miserly man whose quest to save money hurts himself and others around him. In the end, he is a changed man. Scrooge gets a bad reputation because [...]

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