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Stupid Investment of the Week

Every Friday, Chuck Jaffe at CBS Marketwatch posts an article about a shady investment opportunity, aptly named the Stupid Investment of the Week (this week's article). I first ran across this column while researching an ad I saw in the local … [Read the rest]

May 2005 Financial Status / Net Worth Update

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Only 2 days left to enter MyMoneyBlog Giveaway! (Open to ALL)

Just a friendly reminder to enter the MyMoneyBlog Giveaway if you want a free chance to win a free music CD or Starbucks card. It's open to all, but as of right now only 10 people have entered. So they have a 50/50 chance of winning right now! … [Read the rest]

New Savings Bonds Rates Announced – I-Bonds More Attractive at 4.8%

As of May 1st, the Treasury announced that I-Bonds bought from now until 10/05 will earn 4.8%. The fixed component is up from 1.0% to 1.2%, and the inflation-indexed component rises to 3.6%. (For more on how I-bonds work, please see this previous … [Read the rest]

Making a Budget, Part 1: Fixed Expenses

Ok, I'm slowly getting my transactions all categorized, one by one, into personal finance software, but I'm going to take a break and look at what fixed expenses, or bills that I get every single month, and see if there is any fat to cut. Using my … [Read the rest]

Budgeting areas to watch, and Free Budgeting Spreadsheet

As other bloggers have mentioned, USA Today is currently doing a six-week series on how to go on a "Financial Diet". Nothing ground-breaking, but it's a pretty good read with stories from real-life families and tips on how to reduce debt and save … [Read the rest]

MyMoneyBlog Giveaway – Promote this site, Plug your site, Win Free Stuff!

(I just want to make it clear that anyone can enter, even if you don't have a website!) Ok, other than hating both Money and Quicken this week, I've decided to have a little giveaway/contest! This is my first try at this, so forgive me if I do … [Read the rest]

Quicken’s Dirty Little Secret

Ok, after digging a little bit more about how to manually import my transactions from VirtualBank and Presidential Bank into Quicken 2005, I find out... I can't. Not only that, the reason is just stupid greed in my opinion. Both Microsoft Money … [Read the rest]

Bought Quicken 2005 Deluxe to compare with Money 2005

Ok, so after "reconciling" tons of transactions with Money 2005, I went ahead and purchased Quicken 2005 on the way home yesterday. I figure, the $60 is worth it in the long run if I can get my budget in order and improve on it, and I got MS Money … [Read the rest]

Having issues with Microsoft Money. Help?

Ok, I'm missing something here. I spent a good chunk of this weekend trying to import all my accounts into Microsoft Money 2005. It looks like it uses Yodlee to synchronize accounts online, but more than half of my accounts require me to manually … [Read the rest]

Maximizing My Tax… Bill? Underwithholding On Purpose.

Most of us pay taxes as part of our paycheck each month, as Uncle Sam mandates it to be. For many people, this means overpaying a little bit each month "just to be safe", and getting a nice fat tax refund the following year (We ourselves got $1,046 … [Read the rest]

The eternal question: Rent vs. Buy?

At least for me it is. Jim from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity lays down his results in this interesting article. Looks like he's going for it! He also introduced me to Dinkytown.net, home of tons of neat financial calculators. I remember … [Read the rest]

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