Don’t Be Afraid of Your Bank

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Bank

It is embarrassing to admit, but for years I was terrified of banks. There is actually a technical term for this phobia. I didn’t know the rules for banking; I was uneducated about products and how they worked; and I was terrified that those with access to my finances would judge me. I’ve since found [...]

STEALTH INFLATION: The Case of the Missing Sausage

STEALTH INFLATION: The Case of the Missing Sausage

Doesn’t it really annoy you to discover that the manufacturer has reduced the weight of your favorite box of cookies or brand of coffee as a sneaky way of raising the price? This is truly stealth inflation . But is it captured by the government’s official measures such as the Consumer Price Index (CPI)? ANY [...]

Reduce Paper & Go Green When Spring Cleaning

Reduce Paper & Go Green When Spring Cleaning

Tax season can be taxing but you can do a lot of spring cleaning in the process. If you’re like me, you’ve got stacks and stacks of papers that you don’t need and they are just creating a huge mess! To help you clear the cobwebs from your mind and from your living space — [...]

Get the Most Tax Savings Out of Your HSA

Get the Most Tax Savings Out of Your HSA

If you have a health plan with a health savings account (HSA), there’s still time to maximize your tax savings for 2011! You have until April 17, 2012 to make contributions that can be deducted from your 2011 taxes. Per the IRS, you can contribute the 2011 maximum allowable amounts of $3,050 for individual health [...]

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