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WTF? I MADE Money on Health Insurance & Health Care Last Year?!
Wed, 03/27/13 | 15 Comments
WTF? I MADE Money on Health Insurance & Health Care Last Year?!

A few weeks back when I highlighted my monthly budget, a few readers noticed a few absent line items.
One gigantic glaring absence, as reader, Jason, pointed out, was the cost of health insurance (and more …

Having a Tough Time Getting an Interview? Try this Simple Strategy
Mon, 03/25/13 | 11 Comments
Having a Tough Time Getting an Interview? Try this Simple Strategy

Last fall, I highlighted my wife’s switch to a career in nursing.
Nursing was a careful selection. She wanted to get away from the desk and work more with people. Her family has a number of …

Choosing the Best HSA Account Administrator (& Yes, you CAN Choose)
Wed, 03/20/13 | 45 Comments
Choosing the Best HSA Account Administrator (& Yes, you CAN Choose)

I’ve been on a big HSA kick, since I made the move to an HDHP.
Tax-free (pre-tax) contributions and withdrawals for qualified medical expenses, employer contributions, and growth through investments for the win!
Unlike FSA’s, HSA account …

Should Payday Loans be Banned?
Mon, 03/18/13 | 26 Comments
Should Payday Loans be Banned?

Nothing good can come from a payday loan.
According to new research from Pew, the average payday loan borrower must pay back $400 within two weeks, but can only afford a $50 payment. What comes next? …

What if I Want to be a Custodian for a Non-IRA Account? An Intro to UGMA/UTMA Accounts
Thu, 03/14/13 | No Comment
What if I Want to be a Custodian for a Non-IRA Account? An Intro to UGMA/UTMA Accounts

We recently covered opening a custodial IRA for a minor. I’m a big fan of the Roth variety when it comes to custodial IRA’s – gifts or contributions are post-tax anyways, and it eliminates tax …

Monthly Budget: Here’s Mine & the U.S. Average. What is Yours?
Wed, 03/13/13 | 42 Comments
Monthly Budget: Here’s Mine & the U.S. Average. What is Yours?

One of the most enlightening and beneficial personal finance exercises one can complete is to calculate your average monthly budget.
I say “monthly budget”, but for the purposes of this post, monthly budget is synonymous with …


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