budget

Monthly Budget Comparison – Big City $10,000 vs. Small Town $4,000

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I have 2 family friends. One lives in the DC Metro Area (Bethesda, MD) and the other lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. Classic Big Town vs. Small Town. I met them over Thanksgiving and we got talking about the cost of living and how it varies so much across America. Both are married with two kids […]

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Short-Term Budget Deal Reached That Includes Back Pay Plus 1% 2014 Pay Raise for Government Workers and Pay Freeze For Congress

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A short term budget deal has been reached and the government shutdown is over. The debt ceiling has also been raised which will allow the nation to pay its bills and service new debt/payment obligations. But the deal legislation includes a few interesting provisions which are summarized below The Senate brokered budget deal would finance […]

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Fiscal Cliff Deal Reached – Extending Unemployment Benefits, Tax Cuts, AMT Patch, EITC, Payroll Tax Credit Expiry, Delaying Budget and Defense Cuts

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[Updated Jan 2013] Congress and the Obama administration have reached an agreement that will avert a significant portion of the fiscal cliff and its associated impacts on your pay check and taxes next year. The passed legislation would increase tax revenue by $620 billion and only cut spending by $15 billion because the planned sequestration/spending cuts will be delayed […]

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Obama’s 2013 Budget Review – Tax Cuts, Job Stimulus and Small Business Credits

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The Treasury recently released their Greenbook on President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal. The Greenbook explains the Administration’s revenue proposals included in the budget that seek to boost near-term growth; provide permanent middle-class tax relief; encourage onshore investments in manufacturing and insourced jobs; cut taxes for small businesses; add balance to deficit reduction by asking the […]

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Teaching Your Kids How to Care For Cash and Manage Their Personal Finances

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As adults, we’ve seen what a lack of financial knowledge does to managing our finances. That’s why we need to teach our kids early on how to care for their cash, so they are less likely to make the financial mistakes that we did. If you don’t talk about money, lessons learned and how to […]

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Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal – What It May Include

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[Updated Feb 14 2011] President Obama has officially released his administration’ $3.7 trillion fiscal budget blueprint for 2012, which will result in a $1.65 trillion deficit (10.9% of GDP) in the current fiscal year – the largest dollar amount in U.S. history. With cutting the federal deficit a big focus, the proposed budget would trim […]

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How to Budget for the Expensive Holiday Season

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With another holiday season upon us, it’s not too soon to start planning your gift buying budget. Since last year, the economy has changed, many well-known retailers are no longer in business, and it’s likely that those who still have jobs may not find a holiday bonus in their company stocking. So, it’s even more […]

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Seven Sure Fire Ways For Students to Rack Up Debt and Ruin Their Financial Future (How to Avoid This Outcome)

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As students start college or university, they will have a lot on their plate and hundreds of big and small things to deal with. It is an exciting time, but for some it can be overwhelming. For new students, there are all the aspects around getting to know others, living in a new place and […]

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Personal Budget Spreadsheet – How To Make It Work For You

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Let’s clear one misconception – creating a budget spreadsheet won’t make you any more money or make you rich. What it does is provide a framework to organize and track your finances. Ideally you would want to maintain a budget for six months to a year to get an idea of your spending patterns. You […]

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