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10 Tax Traps and Snares to Avoid in 2014

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Featured, Your Money | 0 comments

Taxpayers can ring in 2014 knowing that they don’t have to wait on Congress to finalize tax laws affecting their 2013 returns. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 that was finally enacted on Jan. 2, 2013, made many tax laws permanent and extended other provisions through 2013. But the tax-related celebrations are likely to be short-lived. Here are 10 tax traps you need to watch out for in 2014. 1. Get ready to wait early in the year. The federal government shut down for 16 days last October, but taxpayers are still paying for it. The IRS says Jan. 31, 2014, is the earliest it will be ready to process individual tax returns. That date might even be pushed back to Feb. 4 in order for the agency to complete system updates and tests, which were interrupted by...

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How to Find Discount Tickets to A-List Events

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Featured, Your Leisure Time | 0 comments

Ever wonder what the guy sitting next to you paid for his tickets?  Did he pay face value, maybe more? These days, there’s a good chance that he paid less. In fact, maybe up to 60 percent less. It’s all thanks to a hot new ticket service called ScoreBig which provides clients with discount tickets. The team at ScoreBig is made up of live event fanatics with deep sports, music, and theater industry experience, so they’ve attended a lot of games, shows and concerts, and really understand how ticketing works.  Their company is the latest of a new breed of Internet businesses that are using the power of the Web and technology to solve problems for consumers. ScoreBig is making tickets more affordable for the casual sports, music, and theater fan through a solution that also addresses issues in the...

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How to Pay Off Your Home Faster in Five Steps

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Featured, Your Money | 0 comments

For homeowners, the key to becoming debt free for life is paying off your mortgage as quickly as possible. Of course you can’t even think about doing that unless you have the right kind of mortgage — which is to say, a 15- or 30-year fixed mortgage with payments you can afford to make. If you don’t have that kind of mortgage, I’m going to tell you how you can get one. But for the moment, let’s assume you either have that kind of mortgage or are shopping for a mortgage and can choose. How do you make the right choice so you can pay it off as quickly as possible? Step 1: If You’re Loan Shopping, Choose a 15-Year Mortgage. If you can manage the higher monthly payments, signing up for a 15-year fixed mortgage is the way...

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4 Overlooked Ways to Pay for College

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Featured, Your Money | 0 comments

Paying for college is rarely easy. Ideally, it’s a long term process of building and using a collection of savings, institutional aid, free money, and—if necessary—loans. But with so many avenues for financing your education, it’s often difficult to sort out what might work best for you, given your situation and time frame. Whether you’ll be moving into your dorm room in two months or you’re starting to save now for your toddler’s college education, here are four often-overlooked considerations that may lessen your financial burden Read...

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Financial Documents You Should Never Toss

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Featured, Your Money | 0 comments

Your most valuable documents, like passports and birth certificates, are pretty obvious to identify, and the vast majority of people know to store these in a safe and secure place. Financial files, on the other hand, can be a little tricky. While computers and the Internet have made digital record keeping a breeze, some paperwork is best kept on hand at all times. Read...

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Thieves in the Temple – Thoughts And Lessons I’ve learned, Pt 1

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Featured, Home Life | 0 comments

Written By Shirleyne McDonald *This article is dedicated to sharing  some thoughts and lessons I’ve learned (and truth be told) am still learning about being a mom. First things first. Let me start out by confessing that I don’t have any special qualifications to speak with any authority on the how to’s of motherhood.  I am simply a thirty-something working mom of two. Nonetheless,  I feel compelled to share because I am a firm believer in paying it forward.  I have been abundantly blessed with an arsenal of wonderful women from whom I draw courage, strength and wisdom.  This article is a testament of the knowledge that I have acquired from them as well as through my own trials and errors, tears and triumphs. This year, nearly a decade after the birth of my daughter, my son was born.  Even...

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