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3 posts in July 2013

  • 5 Tips for Reducing Your Tax Bill

    David Bakke is a writer for Money Crashers Personal Finance, where he shares tips for smart shopping, saving money, and building a long-term nest egg.

    The federal government recently allowed the payroll tax holiday to expire, which resulted in a reduction in take-home pay for many Americans. With the current national debt close to $17 trillion, more changes might not be out of the question in the future. You can’t control tax policy, but you can control your own personal economy. There are several measures you can take to reduce your overall tax bill simply by educating yourself and doing a little work. If you’re serious about saving money on taxes, check out the following helpful tips.

    1. Prepare Your Return on Your Own Check out the IRS website for free file fillable forms along with a list of organizations that can help you prepare your tax return for free – as long as your adjusted gross income is $57,000 or less. Alternatively, explore the many options for tax preparation software from your local retailer. Most are very user-friendly and are designed to maximize your return and minimize your bill. Plus, the cost of that software is tax-deductible. Preparing your own return also has the benefit of giving you an education on your own finances and how they interact with taxes, which can lead to even more ways to save.

  • 8 Ways to Save this Summer

    Now that the 4th of July came and went faster than you can say, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious it’s safe to say that summer’s in full swing. As many of you spend your weekends enjoying the warm weather, I’m sure staying frugal is the last thing on your mind. I find the summer months especially difficult for saving money because of all the fun things to do. With trips to the beach, days at the pool, water park getaways and vacations, it’s easy to exceed your budget. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself head over heels in debt by the fall.
    I love to get the most out of my summer and enjoy the warm weather as much as possible; however, I know I don’t want to be financially stressed all year because of three extravagant months of fun in the sun. Now, I’m not telling you to that you shouldn’t have fun and enjoy your summer. I’m simply saying that you should be smarter about where you choose to splurge and save. This way you can have the best of both worlds!

    Here are eight great tips that will help you stay frugal this summer, so you won’t be financially suffering come November:

  • Be Frugal this Fourth!

    The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Not just because it’s a break from the “real world,” but because you get to enjoy the warm weather by grilling out, watching fireworks, and decking yourself in everything red, white and blue. Who doesn’t love that? Don’t worry; I haven’t lost sight of what Independence Day) really means. I think our Founding Fathers would be proud of the way I choose to celebrate this holiday and display my American pride!

    As much as I love a festive Fourth of July cookout, I know that hosting the perfect shindig can cost a pretty penny. It may not seem like your spending a lot at the time, but when you add up that $20 here and $30 there, the costs can accumulate fast. Next thing you know you’ll be out $150 and you haven’t even factored in any last minute purchases! To help ease the ease the pain on your checking account, we’ve created a list with some helpful tips on how to have a frugal and fun Fourth of July!

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