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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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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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Saving for College?

Hey, friends! I wanted to share a post I wrote last week over at Simple Mom. If you have kids and are thinking about saving for college, it might be a good one to check out. 529s and ESAs — The Nitty-Gritty of Saving for College.

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How to Teach Your Kids About Money

I loved this piece on teaching kids about money: My dad taught me cashflow with a soda machine. While I don’t know that it’s a super-practical method for most people, it seems like a great way to teach things like how to invest your money, how to handle lean times, how to handle times of […]

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Get a Free Lifetime Membership to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

We don’t post many links to contests and giveaways, as we know that your time and attention are precious. But we’re big fans of being debt free, of Simple Mom, and of Dave Ramsey, so we wanted to be sure to link to this one … over at Simple Mom, you can win one of […]

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A better, safer, faster way to be online (Firefox)

Hi, friends! Charlie here. Just wanted to make a quick announcement. I know a number of you use a program called Internet Explorer to get onto the Internet. It has a logo that looks something like this: Because we care about you, we wanted to let you know about another program that you can use […]

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The Dance of Marriage

If you liked Charlie’s post at Simple Mom a few days ago, you’ll probably like a new column in the Wall Street Journal, “The Dance of Marriage” (or maybe that’s the first article’s name? Anyway …). In this first article in the column, the author, Katherine Rosman, introduces a few familiar topics: “When we argue, […]

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Budgeting Without Guilt

I mentioned a little while ago that I’m going to be a guest contributor this year at Simple Mom, talking about “money stuff.” My first post — Warm and Fuzzy Budgeting — is now live. In it, I talk about a few things, like why a crushing sense of guilt isn’t really helpful when budgeting […]

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An Awesome PearBudget Review

Oops! I thought I had posted this a few weeks ago, back when I first wrote it. I’m sorry it never made it out of the drafts folder. Here you go! I wanted to share a really amazing PearBudget review with all of you. It absolutely nails the value of a budget, and why it’s […]

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Writing About Money for Simple Mom

I’m excited to share some news with all of you. The amazing blogger Tsh Oxenreider, over at Simple Mom, has asked me to join a few other writers as contributors to Simple Mom in 2011. I’m excited about this opportunity — Simple Mom is one of my favorite blogs, and I’m hoping my pieces will […]

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