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Free Tax Prep Software from the IRS

Hoo, boy. Tax season’s coming up. Photo by Ed Mitchell Good news, though: If you make under $57,000 a year (that’s after you take out retirement contributions, HSA contributions, and so on), you can get tax prep software (normally $30 – $60) for free, through the IRS! All the info on the program is online: […]

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Where Do I Enter Irregular Expenses?

Irregular expenses are entered in just like monthly expenses. When you’re planning your budget, you’ll tell PearBudget how much you’d like to assign to that category on the Plan page. (Let’s say it’s $50 towards “new lawn mower”). Over the months, as you set aside more, the amount available in “new lawn mower” will grow. […]

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Backing Up … Your Gift Cards

Photo by Neff Conner Maybe you got a store gift card at Christmas, or you returned some merchandise to the store and got a card with store credit. Cards with store credit are great in lots of ways, but one of their downsides is that — unless you have a good place in your house […]

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Help Us Make PearBudget Better

The short version: Help us out by filling out a super-short survey. The slightly-longer version: Over the years, we’ve gotten some great input from users, about how we could make PearBudget better. We’ve collected lots and lots of suggestions for features that we haven’t been able to develop yet, but that we’re thinking about for […]

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Setting Up 2013 Numbers

With the new year coming, we know you’ll want to get your 2013 goals set up. These are the amounts you’d like to set aside (and spend) in your irregular categories. If you want to set up your goals for 2013, just head to pearbudget.com/set_up_2013, and you should be all set. If you want to […]

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Save for the Future By Making A Deal With Future You

“Dad! Can we go downstairs?” It was early. She wasn’t supposed to be up yet. “Why are you awake, sweetie?” “I had a bad dream and can’t sleep. Can you come downstairs with me?” “What do you want to do down there?” “Read a book.” Hard to argue with that one. And it wasn’t too […]

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An Easy Trick To Avoid Making Nickel and Dime Purchases

We recently asked on the PearBudget page at Facebook what topics you’d like us to write about, and one of the questions posed was “How do you resist nickel-and-dime purchases?” We thought that’d be a great one to tackle first. Ultimately, avoiding nickel-and-dime purchases is about knowing what you need, knowing what you want and […]

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A Safe Conversation Starter for the Thanksgiving Dinner Table

photo by Greg Carley Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday, mainly because it’s a recognized day for family and friends to come together and spend time catching up and being with one another, but it hasn’t become commercialized the way that the others have. And since it’s so close to Christmas and Halloween, I’m hoping […]

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Making PearBudget better for you (and how upgrading your browser will help!)

I’ll get into the meat of the post in a second, but the important takeaway is this: we want you to have the best internet experience possible (not just at PearBudget, but everywhere!). If you haven’t upgraded your browser in a while, we want to help you do that! Visit What Browser for an easy […]

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How to Refinance Your Home (over at Simple Mom)

I wrote a post over at SimpleMom on how to refinance your home. If you can answer “yes” to the following questions … Have you had your mortgage for less than 10 years? Are you currently paying more than around 5.5% in interest? Are you going to be in your house for more than two […]

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