Money Management

Black Friday $75 Savings Account Bonus

November 29, 2013

I wanted to pop in on this Black Friday and quickly tell you that, in addition to all the holiday shopping everyone is doing, there’s an opportunity to save some money and even earn a little while you’re at it. Capital One 360, the bank I use for my online savings accounts, is offering a […]

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Credit Cards for College Students and Young Adults

May 16, 2013

In a little less than two weeks we’ll be putting our daughter on a plan to London, where she will be studying and working a journalism internship for eight weeks. It’s such an amazing opportunity for her, but one full of lots of details and new things to learn about. One of the many things […]

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Blog Rewind: Spring, Finally!

May 7, 2013

I think it’s finally safe to say that Spring has arrived in Kansas City. I hope I’m not jinxing things, since we did have snow in May this year, but I think we’re now in the clear. We even had a mother bird build a nest in the wreath in our front door. She laid […]

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3 Ways to Deal with an Irregular Income

April 3, 2013
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Lots of personal finance advice assumes you have 12 or 24 or 26 equal paychecks each year. But if you’re a person or family with a fluctuating, irregular income, sometimes that advice won’t work for you. We’re such a family, and if you have income from any of the following sources, chances are you are […]

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Blog Rewind: 25 Ways I Save Money

March 15, 2013
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It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, so let’s talk a little green. Six years ago a blogger named Dawn wrote a list of 25 things she did to save money on her blog, Frugal for Life. (It appears Dawn no longer blogs at FFL, but the blog remains up if you want to check out the […]

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2 Phone Calls, 20 Minutes = $432 Saved

March 5, 2013
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When it comes to money, I believe in looking for ways to save money before you look for ways to make more money. And when it comes to saving money, I believe in examining recurring charges before one-time purchases, because the same amount of effort will pay rewards month after month. But it pays to […]

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Get a $25 Account Bonus When Opening a Capital One 360 Savings Account

February 13, 2013

Update: I am all out of $25 savings account referral bonuses at this time. You can, however, get a $50 bonus by opening a Capital One 360 Checking Account here: checking account with $50 bonus (affiliate link). To get your bonus, open the 360 checking account and make a total of 3 debit card purchases within 45 days of […]

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Save Money on Filing Your Taxes

February 7, 2013
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It’s gray and rainy here today, and I’m working on getting our tax information together, so I wanted to quickly pass along these tax resources to you. If You File Your Own Taxes You can complete your federal tax return for free using H&R Block’s online product. State returns are additional. If You Use an […]

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How to Create Accounts for Individual Savings Goals at ING/Capital One 360

February 6, 2013
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I’ve been a satisfied ING Direct (now Capital One 360) savings customer for at least five years now. One of the things I love best about my accounts is how easy it is to create additional savings accounts, once your first account is established. Why would you want to do that? For me it’s an […]

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Understanding Your W-2

January 28, 2013
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I spent some time this weekend preparing W-2s and 1099s for my husband’s business, so I had W-2s on the brain when I ran across this infographic from H&R Block (a great Kansas City company, by the way). I thought it was timely since most of us are receiving W-2s at this time of year. […]

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