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Archive for April, 2010:

Save Money, Don’t Pay for Parking

{ Posted on Apr 30 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Much to the dismay of my wife, I have vowed not to pay for parking any more at a parking lot.  I never really liked paying for parking, but after becoming the ConsumerMiser, I made a vow never to pay ...Read More »

5 Steps to Becoming a Millionaire

{ Posted on Apr 25 2010 by Marcus Alston }
1.  Create a budget.  You need to identify all your income, all your necessary expenses, and all your discretionary expenses.  Only then can you accurately plan for your financial future. 2.  Live Below Your Means. Control Spending and Reduce Debt.  After ...Read More »

Earth Day 2010: Do Just 1 Thing to Help

{ Posted on Apr 23 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Yesterday was Earth Day 2010.  In honor of Earth Day, I told myself I would be extra eco-friendly on top of my “Just 1 thing or 2 or 3” eco-friendly strategy.  This strategy entails doing just 1, 2, 3 or ...Read More »

What We Can Learn from Pamela Anderson and Other Celebrities in Financial Trouble – Part 2 of 2

{ Posted on Apr 22 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Pamela Anderson, Kate Gosselin, Nicolas Cage and other celebrities have real financial problems just like to the rest of us.  Celebrities and non-celebrities should create a budget to help avoid, manage and reduce debt.  So what can we learn ...Read More »

What We Can Learn from Pamela Anderson and Other Celebrities in Financial Trouble – Part 1 of 2

{ Posted on Apr 18 2010 by Marcus Alston }
The main stream media recently reported that Pamela Anderson is facing financial hardship and potential bankruptcy. For many of us, we find it hard to believe that celebrities are struggling financially since they appear to be so wealthy and ...Read More »

4 Tips if You Owe Money to the IRS

{ Posted on Apr 17 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Over 70% of tax filers get a tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year, but what do you do if you are among the 30% that do owe taxes? About 15 years ago I took the advice of ...Read More »

5 Things You Can Do with Your Tax Refund

{ Posted on Apr 16 2010 by Marcus Alston }
With more than 70% of tax filers typically receiving a tax refund and the average federal refund being just over $3,000, what should you do with your tax refund?  Below are 5 options to consider: 1.  Pay off High Interest ...Read More »

Tax Time. Should You Aim for a Refund?

{ Posted on Apr 12 2010 by Marcus Alston }
It’s that time of year again. Tax time.  Time to either do your taxes yourself or have them done.  Every year at this time, most people are either getting a refund or owe money.  The way my wife and ...Read More »

How Many Blog Posts Should I Write?

{ Posted on Apr 11 2010 by Marcus Alston }
I have been trying to write a post a day since I started this blog in late March 2010.  I based this on my review of a few highly regarded blogs in the personal finance space that I found interesting ...Read More »

The Benefits of Carpooling

{ Posted on Apr 10 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Driving by yourself everyday to work is one of the worst things you can do from an economic and environmental standpoint.  Yet the overwhelming number of us (78%) do it every day.  Finally, in January of this year, I helped ...Read More »