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How Much does your Home Insurance Premium Cost? Plus: Tips on how to Lower it
Tue, 04/10/12 | 7 Comments
How Much does your Home Insurance Premium Cost? Plus: Tips on how to Lower it

Recently I laid out a story that hit close to home on why you need home insurance, despite it seeming like a waste due to the limited nature of catastrophic events.
A few readers voluntarily followed …

$4 Per Gallon Gas: From Apocalypse to Necessary Evil Tax in 4 Short Years?
Mon, 04/9/12 | 11 Comments
$4 Per Gallon Gas: From Apocalypse to Necessary Evil Tax in 4 Short Years?

Remember pre-Great Recession, circa 2008, when gas prices shot up from under $2 per gallon to over $4?
People were scared and PISSED! Used Prius’s were selling for over the MSRP of new ones (because you …

A Humbling Reminder of why you Need Home Insurance
Wed, 03/28/12 | 10 Comments
A Humbling Reminder of why you Need Home Insurance

Just another sunny, 75-degree early evening in March in Michigan… OK, that’s not so normal…
Clouds started to roll in quickly. The skies started to turn grey. Then thunder. Lots of thunder. Weird thunder. Non-stop rumbles …

How to Check your Tax Refund Status
Tue, 03/27/12 | 3 Comments
How to Check your Tax Refund Status

How to Check your Tax Refund Status
We’re only a few weeks away from the tax deadline. That means a whole lot of procrastinators (myself included) are going to be filing their taxes any day now.
If …

What is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? And how can you Avoid or Get Rid of it?
Tue, 03/6/12 | 25 Comments
What is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? And how can you Avoid or Get Rid of it?

When you go to buy your first home, the topic of private mortgage insurance (PMI) will assuredly come up.
It’s a dirty little three-letter acronym associated with your pending mortgage that you should know inside out.
Why?
What …

Social Security Payroll Tax Cuts Extended through the Rest of 2012: What will you do with your Extra 2%?
Mon, 02/27/12 | 8 Comments
Social Security Payroll Tax Cuts Extended through the Rest of 2012: What will you do with your Extra 2%?

Under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, enacted this past week in a rare bi-partisan support (293 to 132 vote in the house), you will continue to pay 32% less …


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