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Here’s How to Avoid an Audit

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Worried About an Audit? Read This Letter to Find out How to Avoid It! If history is any indicator slightly more than one percent of Americans will get audited this year. But I’m sure nearly 100 percent of us will be worrying that it will be us until tax season is over. Before you worry […]

An Error on Your Credit Report

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The Truth about Credit Reporting You probably know you can get a free copy of your credit report once a year. But when is the last time you did that? When’s the last time you looked at what’s on your credit report? A new report from the Federal Trade Commission agency found that one in […]

$161,000 Will Make You Happy

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Money Can Buy Some Happiness Many researchers have tried to determine if money can in fact buy happiness. They’ve conducted studies, done interviews, gathered data all in an effort to put a price on the emotion. One study a few years back put the amount at $75,000. They found that as income goes up, so […]

Can You Spot The Real Millionaire?

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It’s Better to Preserve Wealth than Show It I live in a modest, one story ranch house that is about 2200 square feet. I’ve got a small front yard and my seven-year-old Pontiac decorates the driveway. My backyard is a decent size and is surrounded by a five-foot-tall white fence. It’s high enough to give […]

Can You See This Hidden Symbol?

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Retail Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight There truly is no better way to hide things than in plain sight. Magicians do it all the time. They make you look at their waving hands or concentrate on a piece of paper while they stealthily trick you. Take a look at the FedEx logo. I’m sure you’ve […]

When to Leave a Little Extra

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Talking About Tips In my household during football season Sunday’s are reserved for football. If we are not watching the game on the big screen at our house we are at the game cheering our team on. There is nothing like being in the stadium, wearing your team’s colors and cheering with 70,000 other people […]

The Secret Behind That “Good” Deal

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How to Tell if that Deal Is a Good One My hubby and I had a little debate today. We went back and forth on whether driving an extra couple of miles to claim a deal was worth it. This all started when I asked him to pick up some things from the market for […]

ALWAYS Use a Credit Card for This

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6 Purchases you should ALWAYS Charge I write a lot about the dangers of credit cards. I have called them “frenemies” and “necessary evils” in the past. I dislike credit cards because a lot of people can’t handle them. They buy, buy, buy and then don’t pay off their balance at the end of the […]

Don’t Expect a Return on This Investment

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Home Renovation Realities Mr. Patterson and I are considering expanding our family. We’d love to add to our brood but like with any major life decision there are options that need to be weighed. You see before we could add a little bundle of joy to our household we would need to find space for […]

What is Het Nieuwe Werken?

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Get Your Boss to Let Your Work from Home Finally, a study has emerged that’s scientifically proven what I’ve been touting for years. Working from home is more efficient than pulling an eight-hour shift at the office. If given the chance most employees would prefer to work from home. Who wouldn’t? Staying in your pajamas […]

How to Fight a Traffic Ticket

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Grrrrr this is not how I wanted my day to go! Mr. Patterson and I were driving along a somewhat obscure one lane highway in central Florida this past weekend. It’s mostly ranches along the drive with very few houses close to the road; really all you see is scrub land and cattle. We were […]

Don’t Buy That

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How to Avoid Impulse Purchases at the Store Have you ever walked into a grocery store to pick up just one item and walked out with two bags worth of stuff? Yea, me too. Grrrr…it makes me so angry whenever I do things like this. Retailers are so adept at getting us to spend more […]

How to Get Tax Free Income

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10+ Sources of Tax Free Income There isn’t much the U.S. government doesn’t tax. They want their cut of every bit of income you make. Your salary, wages, commissions, tips, interest on savings, dividends are all considered taxable income. Even if you do your civic duty and serve on a jury, Uncle Sam wants his […]

Strange Things You Can Buy With IRA

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Think Outside the Box to Build Wealth with Your IRA I don’t know about you but I hate restrictions. I don’t like it when banks restrict the number of transactions I can make a month without a financial penalty. I don’t like it when cell phone companies restrict the amount of minutes I use or […]

Turning Junk into Dollars

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Treasures in Your Attic Have you seen the hit TV shows American Pickers or Pawn Stars? I like the shows but my husband LOVES them so I have to watch a lot of the episodes. For those of you who are not familiar with either of the shows they are both reality shows that highlight […]

8 Surefire Ways to Never Get a Job

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8 Surefire Ways to Never Get a Job I had an interesting conversation today with Patrick Coffey, at the Wealth Authority. He is in the process of hiring a new customer service representative to join the team. And boy did he have a lot to say about the hiring process!   He posted the job […]

Hidden Discounts You’ve Never Heard Of

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Would You Tell a Waitress to “F*** Off” There is a restaurant near my family’s home in South Florida that supposedly offers hidden discounts on meals if you know the password. When I first heard about this I thought it was a joke because the password is a rude remark that you wouldn’t say to […]

Getting This Major Cost Down

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Financially Dealing With the Unexpected Long time readers will remember previous stories about my friend Eva. She is a full-time mommy, a part time media broker, and is in the process of adding successful online business owner to her growing list of job titles. She does more in a day than I do in a […]

Secret IRS Loophole for Withdrawing Cash

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Secret IRS Code 72 (t): Take Advantage of an IRS Loophole that lets you take money out of your IRA before age 59 ½ There is a massive wave of people getting ready to retire in the next few years. Many are expected to retire before they reach age 65. Sounds like a nice idea […]

Your Friend or Your Enemy

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How to Win With Credit Cards So one of the most common issues readers email me about is credit cards. I lovingly refer to credit cards as “frenemies.” They disguise themselves as friendly faces with their cash back, rewards points, airlines miles and low interest rates. In reality, they lower credit scores, get people into […]

You Must Cancel This Right Away

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Do Not Duplicate Ever wonder where insurance came from? It seems it’s always been around. The roots can be traced back to Babylonian times, around 2100 B.C. The Code of Hammurabi was the first insurance policy. It was paid by the traders in the form of a loan to guard against the perils of transportation […]

Your Retirement or Your Kid’s Education

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Your Retirement Or Your Kid’s Education Your retirement or your kid’s college education?  Which do you choose to save for if you can’t save for both? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, college graduates typically earn one million more in their lifetime than workers without a college degree making your children’s continuing education an important […]

Focus on These 4 to Save Big

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Did You Really Buy That NOW? When the Wealth Authority first asked me to share my money saving philosophy with their members my first question was, what IS my philosophy? For most of my life I have been characterized as frugal and very adept at finding ways to save money, but are personality traits like […]

You Need to Understand TCO

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Buying versus Renting. Which is the best choice for you? This age old question has been debated by experts for years now. Some come to the conclusion it’s cheaper to buy while others proclaim renting is easier on your wallet. When it comes to homes most people assume buying is cheaper than renting.  Tell that […]

Let Someone Else Do It

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DIY vs Pay – When to Just Pay Up Long time readers know that I am somewhat of a bookworm. I am constantly reading online newspapers, books, articles, magazines. For me to be able to read I need complete silence. I can’t sit on the couch while the TV is on, even if my husband […]

 
 
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