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Did I Just Find Another Great Retirement Saving Strategy? Understanding the SEP IRA Rules

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I think I may have found another good one. A few weeks ago when I laid out my ultimate plan for becoming financially independent, I thought I had really done a pretty good job of optimizing every single angle of my retirement savings options. My 401k.  My IRA.  Is there anything else I’m possibly missing where I could find even MORE tax-deferred savings? Apparently there is! And as it turns out it has a lot to do with […]

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How to Double Your Money the Safe and Smart Way

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Blackjack.  Hot-pick stocks.  These are the kinds of silly things people usually think about when it comes to doubling their money fast. Unfortunately when it comes to methods like that, the story usually ends with them not only NOT doubling their money but also losing all of their initial investment too. Ever since I was a little boy I’ve been completely fascinated with the legitimate ways that you take one dollar and turn it into two. The […]

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Where to Park Your Rainy Day Savings for Growth Without Much Risk

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We all know that part of a good, healthy financial well-being is to have a decent sized chunk of money set aside in your emergency fund or rainy day savings fund as some people call it. Some advisers tell us it can start off with as little as $1,000 (I believe that one is a Dave Ramsey thing).  More commonly I see suggestions to have as much as 3 months, 6 months, even 12 months worth of […]

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What Size Mortgage Can I Afford and How Can I Figure That Out?

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How big is “too big” when you’re thinking price tag on a new house? That’s the question that’s on everyone’s mind when they first go new-home shopping: What size mortgage can I afford? It’s a prudent thing to ask and sensible when it comes to your finances.  Part of the whole Great Recession in 2009 was an issue with home buyers taking on far too high of a mortgage value than they could afford.  (That and getting […]

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So Long AAA! Lowering the Cost of Car Insurance in My House

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What do you say to the car insurance company you’ve had for the past 10 years when they won’t budge on their rates? Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out! That’s exactly what I forced to say recently to my insurance provider, AAA, when they refused to negotiate down on the cost of car insurance for our household.  Even though we gave them the chance to hold our business, we ultimately had to […]

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How Does Bankruptcy Work? What You Should Know Before and After Filing

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Although it may end some of your financial troubles, filing for bankruptcy is not just something that you do once and the work is over. In fact, unless you want to file repeatedly throughout your life, the real work begins after your debts are discharged. Asking how does bankruptcy work is a question that few people ever really take the time to understand, but they should so they can save their finances.  If you don’t have debts […]

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We Saved Over $1,000 in Taxes This Year By Contributing to Our Vanguard SEP IRA

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One of the coolest things I discovered last year in terms of retirement planning was that I have the option to contribute to yet another tax-deferred savings plan – the SEP IRA. What’s even better is that not only was this contribution above and beyond everything I was already saving with my 401k and Roth IRA, but it also accomplished one VERY important task – saving me a boat load of money in the amount of taxes […]

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What are Mutual Funds and How Do I Invest in Them?

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What holds you back from investing? Is it stocks? Do they scare you to death? If they do, I really don’t blame you. All the “ifs” in the beginning can be overwhelming! Which ones do I pick? Where will I find the right stock metrics and information to tell me? Why do they keep bouncing around in price?  How long until I have a heart-attack? Would you prefer a way to “stick your toe in the water” […]

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A No-Brainer Way to Lower Your Bills – For Free!

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One of my favorite blog series to follow along with is J Money’s “Challenge Everything” series over at Budgets are Sexy. In case you don’t know this one, basically what J does is take a different bill every month and tries to get it lowered. Or another thing he’ll try is to look for some other side hustle to make a little extra money on the side. Collectively this ends up going into a special fund that […]

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How to Retire By 55 (or Sooner) on a Salary of $50,000 or Less

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If you’ve got dreams of retiring early by age 55 or sooner, then you’ll be very delighted to know that this goal is well within your reach! Believe it or not, our ability to reach financial independence is something that is always possible to achieve. Though the path to get there may not always be clear, there are always certain actions we can take that will cut through the brush and reveal a clearing at the end […]

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