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The Money Edge - (06/29/2016)

Marriage and Money: Ten Money Conversation Starters

Summer is the most popular season for weddings. So what better time to discuss your marriage, as well as one of my favorite topics, money?

Published in Money
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:16

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Thankful

A day set aside to focus on thanksgiving is an awesome thing. But what does being grateful have to do with your money? Lots, actually.

Published in Money
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 01:27

What's new with taxes?

Will you see a tax change this year? Probably; here are some significant changes:

Maine resident? 

Published in Money
Monday, 30 December 2013 23:26

Slew of resolutions

With each New Year comes a slew of resolutions, all of them worthy and noble. One that I hope you will add (if it's not already on your list) is teaching your kidlets about money.

Teaching kids about money, teaching them to save and how to do basic budgets or spending plans, is an awesome goal. In doing this you may also help yourself. You may not feel very capable in this field and may feel uncertain about your qualifications to help the little - or big - ones. But as you break down various methods to manage allowances and gift money, as you answer questions from rascally children and their bright and inquiring minds, you will learn a lot yourself. Here are some tips for your family.

Published in Money
Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:42

Money and kids starting the conversation

Many of us, if we even think to, hesitate when it comes to teaching our kids much about money. For one thing, there are some of us who do not feel well-versed enough about the topic. 

Then there's the pesky problem of where the heck to start the conversation. All we know is we are always arguing with someone about why they can't have this or that, why they can't go to this cool vacation spot or why on earth we won't let them eat out more.

Published in Money
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 16:40

Where's my refund?

Where's my refund? You're not alone in wondering; the IRS site for checking on refunds cautions that heavy use may limit its availability.

Tax season has had an unusual start. Very few returns were accepted prior to Jan. 30. Returns requiring a depreciation form were not accepted until Feb. 11. Returns claiming educational credits were delayed until Feb. 14. Residential Energy credits and Adoption Credit returns weren't accepted until March.  

Published in Money
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:16

Saving for education

You've got a young and growing family and wonder about saving for your precious one's college education. I mean, she can be whatever she wants to be, so long as she's happy, right? If that means a post-secondary education, are you thinking of helping with the costs? How do you save, and what vehicle might be good for your family?

Published in Money
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:50

Tax questions everyone asks

Whether you've just gotten your first W-2 or have been filing for years, there are a few questions everyone asks.

Why did I get this 'Important Tax Form'? 

Every tax form you receive has also been sent to the IRS. Some forms, like W-2s and 1099s, list income you need to report.  Forms starting with '1098' or '5498' often list potential deductions. 

Published in Money
Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:15

Financial awesomeness in five simple steps

You want to be financially awesome, and you like simple ways to achieve your goals. Well, chummy, here are five simple steps to financial awesomeness. With this caveat: I say these steps are simple, and they are. But if financial awesomeness were easy everyone would be awesome and sadly, they're not.

But everyone could be awesome. Because these steps just take a little of your abundant stubbornness used for good; a bit of determination in the face of temptation and a willingness to forgive your wonderful self when you fail. Listen to me: I know you can do this, my friend. I believe in you.

Published in Money
Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:36

Stumbles ahead of the tax cliff

 Negotiations for the 'fiscal tax cliff' concern mostly 2013 tax rates, deductions and credits. But there are several stumbling blocks ahead affecting 2012 taxes; the taxes to be filed starting in January.

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