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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Financial Do-It-Yourselfer

By on June 20, 2006

When someone mentions a do-it-yourselfer I tend to think of those folks on HGTV who pave their own driveways or re-tile their kitchens. No doubt those people save a lot of money and add a lot of value to their homes. And while I like to watch those shows, I definitely don’t fall into that […]

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A Upromise Cash-Out

By on May 2, 2006

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some college fund housekeeping I was doing. Part of that process was to take some cash out of our Upromise account. Upromise, as you might know, is a site that allows you to earn money for purchases you make online and at grocery stores, restaurants, etc. I […]

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Book Review: Pay It Down!

By on April 20, 2006

When on vacation I like to seek out independent books stores to visit. (At home I usually patronize chain stores and Amazon…go figure.) While on vacation in Florida a couple of months ago I found a great used book store and picked up a copy of Jean Chatzky’s Pay It Down! I am familiar with […]

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Maxed Out: The Movie

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I’m a documentary nerd. I love them. And here’s one I’m dying to see: Maxed Out. It’s a Super Size Me-type film about the credit card industry. It features everyone from Alan Greenspan to Jerry Falwell. It also has two of my favorite financial experts: Dave Ramsey and Elizabeth Warren. Unfortunately, it’s only been shown […]

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