Tag Archive: personal and family finances

Florida Saves Week: Build Your Savings a Little at a Time

It’s tax time, and many of us will be seeing refund checks soon—time to celebrate!

Now, what are you going to do with all that extra cash?

Maybe you have some bills to take care of, and it’s certainly a good idea to get those off your plate. But after that, let’s say you have …

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What Will Happen to the Family Farm?

The question of what happens to the family farm is often riddled with many emotional opinions.  So much so that families may not communicate effectively about their wishes or plans.  Many life events can change the dynamics of a family farm.  Whether marriage, children, divorce, illness, retirement or death, significant events can require a plan …

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2018 Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 29 -Tax Returns due April 17, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently the nation’s tax season begins Monday, January 29, 2018.  The IRS also reminds taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect a longer wait for refunds.

Nevertheless, many software companies and tax professionals accept tax returns before January 29, 2017.  Be aware!  These prepared returns cannot be submitted …

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Fraud Alert vs. Credit Freeze

If you have been affected by the recent Equifax data breach, you may be exploring your options as to what to do next.  All three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian, give you the option of placing a fraud alert or a credit freeze on your file.  So, what is the difference between …

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The Art of Gifting

The holidays are fast approaching! Pause long enough to avoid the pitfalls of overspending. Budgets are always tight during holidays. Gifts are not about the cost, rather they are a display of the true relationship of the people involved.

Gift giving at its finest is a true art form. I have a …

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Financial Fasting Finale

I did it! Or should I say, I didn’t do it! Or more realistically, I almost didn’t do it! What? Spend money in the month of September. Some of you may remember my wallet really needed a break, so I set a goal to spend no money in the month of September unless absolutely …

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September Sans Spending

The month of August has been a financially painful time for me. I blame this on the fact that my only child has just begun her first year at college. Lots (and I mean a whole lot) of spending happened in preparation for this auspicious endeavor.

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De-Clutter Your Financial Life

In spring cleaning mode? If so, now is the perfect time to de-clutter your financial life. Organizing important papers as well as purging unnecessary ones will reduce paper clutter and stress and help you to locate what you need when you need it. Let’s get started!

Store home files as follows:

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Saving Just $50 of Your Tax Refund Could Mean Winning Big

As W-2 forms and other receipts start rolling in, we’re reminded that tax season is upon us once again. It’s exciting to get back some of your own hard-earned money in the form of a tax refund! Saving a portion of your tax refund can be a big step toward meeting your …

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