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February 2008

2 quickies today.

February 29, 2008

#1) The IRS is freaking FAST fast FAST! My state and federal taxes were literally JUST sent in online (Last Thursday), and I already got both direct deposited into my account! Seriously, how tight is that? This is the first tax return i’ve done since buying our house, and i am totally LOVING home ownership right now :) Federal: $3,036: The timing is impeccable. My […]

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Are my challenges challenging enough?

February 28, 2008

I thought today would be a good day to check in w/ all the challenges i’m working on, and note my progress (or lack of). Here’s everything i currently have going on: A dollar a day A- : As i empty my trusty cup, i count $10.10! This may be surprising in two ways. The first, and most obvious, is that little 10 cents at […]

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Why I Heart USAA Like Woah

February 27, 2008

Ever since I was a teen I can remember having a USAA account for car insurance. I never really cared all too much back then, (I wasn’t even paying the bills!) but NOW’s a whole different story. I am completely proud to use USAA today, and thankful beyond words to my parents for hooking me up. Why do I heart them so much? Well, they […]

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Coinstar is My Guiding Light.

February 26, 2008

Every now and then I get to fulfill a deepest desire, and last Sunday was one of them! The moment only lasted 4-5 minutes, but the joy I received was immense :) This brings us to Saving Tip # 3001: Make nice with Coinstar. (UPDATE: Many banks now are offering this service for FREE!  So check there first :)) You know, that big green shiny […]

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Budgets are a man’s best friend.

February 25, 2008

It’s actually true for everyone, but i couldn’t resist the catchy-ness ;) As I was heading off to bed last night, it occurred to me that i have yet to write a posting on budgets! I mean, who has a blog titled “Budgets are sexy” w/out talking about budgets? Jeesh, what a loon. So, without further adieu, this is why budgets are a man’s (and […]

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Do you tackle your own taxes?

February 22, 2008

I’m now clear for the year! Is it weird that i actually enjoy getting everything organized and then waiting to see how much i won?! haha…There’s just something about recapping the entire last year and having an overall look at how well/worse you did compared to previous years. The fact that we’re “forced” to do it also plays a part i suppose as it’s not […]

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Pray tell, is this possible?

February 21, 2008

I’ve been scouring all sorts of personal finance blogs lately as i’m fairly new to the game here, and i just came across a lunch challenge posted by the mastermind behind krystalatwork.blogspot.com (i take it her name is krystal?) aka “Give Me Back My Five Bucks. I love that name, clever right? At any rate, if you peruse this sexy little article you will notice […]

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2008 Net Worth Goal: $100,000

February 20, 2008

I have to say it feels really good getting all this stuff out there. I’ve always known I had money saved in different places here and there, but up to 3 months ago I had never put it all together and focused on any type of real “net worth”. I suggest conjuring one up yourself if you haven’t already, it’s quite empowering! So, now that […]

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Not shopping is HARRRRD.

February 19, 2008

MAN, this is a lot harder than i originally expected! It’s been easy at work so far, but i realize i am so used to going shopping over the weekends as a form of entertainment :) But hey, one more week into the challenge and i’m still getting A’s. You should be proud of me as all day Saturday, Sunday, and esp. yesterday w/ the […]

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To sell, or not to sell… my SUV.

February 18, 2008

I’m one of those people who have buyer’s remorse pretty frequently, esp. when it comes to something w/ a lot of options. Usually i can’t tell if i want a red widget, or a blue widget and usually come to the conclusion that i wanted the opposite of the one i brought home. Normally this doesn’t present a problem as i can just return said […]

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