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I got a free Chromecast from American Express, Staples, and Lowe’s a few weeks ago. American Express and its merchant partners are releasing more statement credit offers for the holiday shopping season. Every time I log in to my account online, I see some new offers under the “Offers For You” tab. Right now I […]
The cost of a high-cost 401k plan isn't really that high when you don't stay with the same employer for that long.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I did. I read and listened to these interesting articles and podcasts this week: The $1,000 Challenge – How One Family Slashed Its Budget Without Moving Under a Bridge or Living on Government Cheese: An Interview With Brian O’Connor by Matthew Amster-Burton at MintLife Read a book and […]
Supermarket chain Safeway did this promotion last year. It’s doing it again. If you buy $150 worth of “participating” gift cards on or before December 3, you get a $25-off coupon on a purchase of $50 or more. Amazon is one of the participating gift cards. So buy $150 in Amazon gift cards first, get […]
The same disconnect between marginal tax rate and effective tax rate also happens when Social Security benefits become taxable. For a married couple with a modified adjusted gross income* under $32k, Social Security benefits are not taxable. Between $32k and $44k, 50% of the MAGI above $32k are taxable. Above $44k, $6,000 plus 85% of […]
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