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    5 Big Bills You Can Cut Fast

    5 Big Bills You Can Cut Fast
    As the economy weakens and prices soar on everything from gas to groceries, Americans are looking for quick ways to cut their expenses and hold on to more cash. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to chop your spending without a lot of time or hassle. Some of these cuts will save you just a few dollars, while others can net ...
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    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs

    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs
    Ever wonder how much money you can save by cutting your commuting costs? How about enough to pay for two trips to Ireland plus several major home improvements? As chief of marketing for the Maryland Transit Administration, Buddy Alves set out to see how much money he and his wife could save on their commute from the Baltimore suburbs to their ...
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    The Layman's Financial Crisis Glossary

    The Layman's Financial Crisis Glossary
    The current financial crisis has thrown terminology from the business pages onto the front page of newspapers, with jargon now abounding everywhere from the water cooler to the back of a taxi. Here is a guide to many of the business terms currently cropping up regularly, as well as some of the more exotic words coined to describe some of ...
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    Make Major-League Financial Plays with Minor Hits

    Make Major-League Financial Plays with Minor Hits
    Baseball fans love to see what a big hitter might unleash at bat. Babe Ruth, the Great Bambino, won an astounding seven World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He had a career slugging percentage of .690. The home-run race in 1998 between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa caught the attention of every kid with grass-stained ...
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    Should You Take Advice from Your 401k Provider?

    Should You Take Advice from Your 401k Provider?
    The Pension Protection Act, which both strengthens employers’ existing pension obligations and discourages them from undertaking new obligations, also makes a broader point to US workers: “The overall message of the bill is, you’re on your own,” says James Lange, a lawyer, CPA and author of Retire Secure. Even so, the 2006 law has also made it less daunting for workers ...
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    Fiscally Unfit

    Fiscally Unfit
    How well are America's workers prepared for financial uncertainties and for the eventuality of retirement? In their own estimation, millions of employees haven't found a secure path to a bright future, whether that future begins in a retirement 40 years from now or at the end of the month, when the bills come due. Those are the disturbing findings of a ...
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    2009 Predictions for the Housing Market

    Happy New Year to you all and thank you for all you do to make our country great. You are all so appreciated. I’ve been asked write up a 2009 housing prediction, but this is nearly impossible to do with significant accuracy. But, I’ll take out the crystal ball and do my best so you can know what this housing expert ...
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    Get Back to Work with the Best Deal

    Get Back to Work with the Best Deal
    I once received a letter from a woman who had just gotten a job offer. She had been unemployed for three months and wanted to know if she should accept the offer or try to negotiate for more. She felt the offer was low - less than she had been making at her last job - but was afraid that if ...
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    Action Now = Tax Savings in April

    I keep hearing that I should do something or other to improve my tax situation before the year ends. Is there really anything I can do at this point? Whether you are having a good year, rebounding from recent losses, or still struggling to get off the ground, you may be able to save a bundle on your taxes if you ...
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    5 Money Mistakes Smart People Make

    5 Money Mistakes Smart People Make
    Everyone has at least one frugal friend who always crows about how much money he saves by clipping coupons or frequenting discount stores. And while this friend’s behavior/bragging is a great reminder of how you should be more financially savvy — especially when the U.S. economy isn’t in the best shape — he may overlook some simple savings strategies that you’ve ...
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    Filing Taxes Online

    Filing Taxes Online
    Tax season is right around the corner and several military families will attempt to file their taxes on paper. However filing taxes on paper is a long and cumbersome process. If an individual taxpayer chooses to file without the help of a certified public accountant (CPA), the process can take hours. And, if mistakes are made the repercussions can take the ...
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    How Much Money Should You Save for Retirement?

    How Much Money Should You Save for Retirement?
    Have questions about planning for retirement? Our Money Mentors have some answers. They aren't financial pros. They're ordinary folks who, as retirees, manage their own finances. Their nest eggs, excluding their homes, vary from a couple hundred thousand dollars to $2 million. The one thing they have in common is experience as retirees — and the desire to share the lessons ...
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    How Much Should You Save? Meet Your Retirement Goals with These Tips

    How Much Should You Save? Meet Your Retirement Goals with These Tips
    If you're 40 or younger, it's tough to predict how much money you might need when retirement is decades away. A few key calculations, however, can help you make sure your savings plan is on track. Saving Depends on Life Stage Rebecca Pace, a Cincinnati-based financial planner and CPA, recommends putting aside at least 10 percent of your income when you're ...
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    Artists Need Life Insurance

    Artists Need Life Insurance
    h4. Artists Need Life Insurance - What Will Happen to Your Work? A few years ago another artist suggested that I get life insurance. At first, I thought that this recommendation was a little extreme. On second thought I decided to do it. I have no descendents or spouse to benefit from a life insurance payout if I were to die. ...
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    NYFA Individual Grants to Artists

    New York Foundation for the Arts offers Artists' Fellowships in 16 disciplines, eight categories every other year. The awards is $7,000 cash to individual artists that live and work in the state of New York. Deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2007 Grants for 2007-2008 are in the following areas: * architecture/environmental structures * choreography * fiction * music composition * painting * ...
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    Artists and Freelancers! Get Organized Before Tax Day

    h4. Get Organized! The best way to cut down the work on tax day is to be organized before tax day. Some simple tips: h4. Income • Keep track of your income. Collect 1099s, save invoices, and deposit slips. As you deposit this money, make a note who it is from so that you don't have to look at it and ...
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    What Can Visual Artists Deduct on Schedule C?

    A general list of what you can and cannot deduct on a Schedule C (Profit or Loss from Business) h2. Items you can deduct: • Supplies, materials and labor - excluding yourself • If you traveled for your self-employed business you can deduct the expenses of the trip: travel, meals, expenses related to the production of goods • Advertising: cost ...
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    Schedule C for Artists and Designers

    Until a couple years ago I did my own taxes. As an artist, at least a portion of my income came under self-employment. Since freelancers need to keep track of all they have spent, by the time I had it prepared it for the accountant easiest part was left, filling in the blanks. It is always a good idea to have ...
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