Lower Your Adjusted Gross Income

March 22, 2015

Lowering your adjusted gross income (AGI) can save you a lot of money. The most obvious way it saves you money is by lowering your taxable income, thus lowering the amount of tax you have to pay.  Having a lower AGI also saves me money since it increases the amount of my premium tax credit […]

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Easy Money from Staples Gift Card Deal

March 19, 2015

Until 3-21-15 Staples is offering a $20 rebate in the form of a Visa gift card when you buy $250 or more of Visa gift cards. The purchase fee for a $200 gift card is $6.95. If you buy 2 $200 gift cards you will have a profit of $6.10. That doesn’t sound like much […]

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February FIRE Numbers – 33.20 Months of Expenses Saved

March 9, 2015

My February FIRE (financial independence retire early) numbers were down slightly from the month before. This was disappointing since this is the time of year I am supposed to make the best progress on my numbers. Part of the reason for the poor performance was that I didn’t get some money moved from checking to […]

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Some Simple Swagbucks Strategies

March 6, 2015

Swagbucks is one of my steadiest source of extra money. I usually get about $20 in Amazon gift cards a month from them. There are people who make a lot more than that, but for the time I put into earning Swagbucks I’m happy with what I get. Just last year I was lucky if […]

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February Expenses – $946.17

March 4, 2015

Here is a breakdown of my expenses for February. Household $429.55 Entertainment $79.30 Transportation $58.02 Food $100.77 Student Loan $106.00 Travel $0 Phone $26.81 Health $145.72 Total $946.17   My February expenses were fairly low. I managed to make my stretch goal of keeping my expenses under $1000 a month for the third month in […]

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February Income – $2161.46

March 2, 2015

Here is a breakdown of my income for February. Online Income $243.82 Interest $14.53 Cash Back $12.35 Amazon FBA $0 Jobs $1890.76 Total $2161.46   February was a decent month for income, but not as good as I hoped. Missing three days of work due to being sick resulted in my job income being a […]

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