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Quicken’s Dirty Little Secret

Ok, after digging a little bit more about how to manually import my transactions from VirtualBank and Presidential Bank into Quicken 2005, I find out... I can't. Not only that, the reason is just stupid greed in my opinion. Both Microsoft Money … [Read the rest]

Bought Quicken 2005 Deluxe to compare with Money 2005

Ok, so after "reconciling" tons of transactions with Money 2005, I went ahead and purchased Quicken 2005 on the way home yesterday. I figure, the $60 is worth it in the long run if I can get my budget in order and improve on it, and I got MS Money … [Read the rest]

Having issues with Microsoft Money. Help?

Ok, I'm missing something here. I spent a good chunk of this weekend trying to import all my accounts into Microsoft Money 2005. It looks like it uses Yodlee to synchronize accounts online, but more than half of my accounts require me to manually … [Read the rest]

Maximizing My Tax… Bill? Underwithholding On Purpose.

Most of us pay taxes as part of our paycheck each month, as Uncle Sam mandates it to be. For many people, this means overpaying a little bit each month "just to be safe", and getting a nice fat tax refund the following year (We ourselves got $1,046 … [Read the rest]

The eternal question: Rent vs. Buy?

At least for me it is. Jim from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity lays down his results in this interesting article. Looks like he's going for it! He also introduced me to Dinkytown.net, home of tons of neat financial calculators. I remember … [Read the rest]

Monthly Goal due 4/30: Microsoft Money & Budgeting

Since I only have a week left(!), I'll make this month's goals very brief. 1) I want to have all of my financial accounts added and updated in Microsoft Money 2005. 2) Very very roughly, I want to see where our money is going each month. 3) (From … [Read the rest]

Monthly Goal due 4/30: Microsoft Money & Budgeting

Since I only have a week left(!), I'll make this month's goals very brief. 1) I want to have all of my financial accounts added and updated in Microsoft Money 2005. 2) Very very roughly, I want to see where our money is going each month. 3) … [Read the rest]

March Monthly Goal Update: Taxes & More

Ok, so I'm chronically late on my monthly goals. Briefly, here is the status of the goals that I set for March: 1) "File taxes for myself and the missus..." Done. It was a pain doing taxes for 2 states for two separate people and a joint federal … [Read the rest]

March Monthly Goal Update: Taxes & More

Ok, so I'm chronically late on my monthly goals. Briefly, here is the status of the goals that I set for March: 1) "File taxes for myself and the missus..." Done. It was a pain doing taxes for 2 states for two separate people and a joint … [Read the rest]

Mailexpire.com – Free and awesome way to avoid spam

This is slightly off-topic, but I'm constantly annoyed that whenever you want to simply read a news story or use their "free" service, sites often make you register and provide your name, e-mail, address, etc. I mean, it's obvious that the only … [Read the rest]

Free Annual Reports, and How to Read Them

I just got a piece of mail from Kiplinger's Personal Finance, of which I am a subscriber, offering free annual reports and prospectuses of many publicly traded companies and funds at http://kpf.ar.wilink.com. They even ship them to you for free. … [Read the rest]

Disney “World” is right. It’s a self-contained money sucking machine!

I got a chance to add up the receipts from our Disney vacation, and it was a pretty penny. The really crazy thing is that just about every cent went directly to Mickey's deep pockets (DIS). We stayed at a Disney Hotel. Had breakfast at the resort … [Read the rest]