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2012 Energy Tax Credits Reduced
Tue, 01/10/12 | 18 Comments
2012 Energy Tax Credits Reduced

Update: the 2011 energy tax credits were extended in to 2012 and 2013 as part of the Fiscal Cliff deal.
2012 Energy Tax Credit Updates
If you were planning a modest home improvement update that would save …

Credit Karma has Started Offering Free Credit Monitoring
Mon, 01/9/12 | 5 Comments
Credit Karma has Started Offering Free Credit Monitoring

As a Credit Karma user, I recently received an email announcing that they have begun offering daily free credit monitoring in addition to free credit scores!
What is Credit Monitoring?
Credit monitoring is a service that automatically …

2012 Tax Brackets & Standard Deductions Changes
Wed, 01/4/12 | 7 Comments
2012 Tax Brackets & Standard Deductions Changes

Update: the 2013 and 2014 tax brackets have since been announced. What follows is for the 2012 calendar year.
As you’re likely starting to put things together for your 2011 tax return, it’s never too early …

The Top 15 Cheapest New Cars of 2012
Tue, 01/3/12 | 24 Comments
The Top 15 Cheapest New Cars of 2012

Update: I’ve also put together a list of this year’s cheapest new cars.
Looking for a cheap new car? It’s important to do the research ahead of time to get a clear picture of what you’re …

Good or Bad Personal Finance Cliche: “Your Home is an Investment”
Tue, 12/27/11 | 12 Comments
Good or Bad Personal Finance Cliche: “Your Home is an Investment”

This is the second in a series of posts that aim to dispel or reinforce common personal finance cliches. The first looked at the commonly used phrase, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”. Today, …

The Lifetime Cost of Cable TV
Thu, 12/22/11 | 21 Comments
The Lifetime Cost of Cable TV

We’ve been talking a lot about wants vs. needs lately and how to control your wants. One of the most notorious wants that many struggle with is cable TV.
That’s right – cable TV is a …


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