Paying Off Debt

Maxed Out, the Movie

By on February 19, 2007

Last April I wrote about Maxed Out, a documentary about Americans in debt that I had heard about and was eager to see. (Not to be confused with Maxed Out, the tv show I blogged about earlier.) Almost a year later, Maxed Out, the movie, is finally being released in some of the major markets. […]

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Kids and Money

Kids and Money

By on September 20, 2006

I ran across this article by Janet Bodnar at Kiplinger’s online today: Six Money Skills for Kids to Master. Here is the list: 1. How to handle a cash allowance. 2. How to save for a goal. 3. How to compare prices. 4. How to manage a checking account. 5. How to appreciate the magic […]

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Simplifying

It’s Deductible

By on September 5, 2006

I used to be confused about how to value for tax deductibility purposes the items I donated. For a while I had my CPA do it for me when our taxes were done. Then I discovered It’s Deductible. It’s Deductible is a program that helps you value your donations based on thrift store prices. Originally […]

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Simplifying

Decluttering and Donations

By on August 31, 2006

Yesterday I wrote about decluttering. So what am I doing with all my stuff? Some of it I trash. Stained clothing, broken toys, electronics that I’m not sure work…these are trash. The rest I donate. Two places that I like to give our unwanted children’s items to are the used toy drive at our church […]

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Simplifying

The Relationship Between Clutter and Debt

By on August 30, 2006

I have long believed that there is a relationship between clutter and debt. And if not debt, certainly money and overspending. This week, with the kids back in school, I’ve been doing a lot of decluttering and it has only reinforced my belief. First there’s the obvious: clutter represents items purchased. While a few things come into our lives […]

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About the Blog

Thank you Caitlin Flanagan!

By on August 25, 2006

A couple of months ago I reviewed the book To Hell with All That; Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife. Not too long after I posted my review I received an email from the author, Caitlin Flanagan, thanking me and offering to send me 10 autographed copies of her book for my friends. I put […]

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Paying for College

Free College Test Prep

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As a mother of a brand new high schooler, I was interested in a recent article in our local paper that profiled a student who had earned perfect scores on both the SAT and ACT. At the end of the article they asked him for his advice to fellow students and he recommended signing up […]

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Found Money

A Quick $15

By on July 23, 2006

I love the personal finance blogging community! Thanks to Claire at Tired But Happy and Mapgirl, I was informed of a survey for bloggers at Technorati that pays $15. I found the survey after logging in and clicking on “Tags” in the green bar at the top of the page. The survey is in an […]

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