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Archive for December, 2010:

Happy New Year!!! A Few Predictions

{ Posted on Dec 31 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Categories : Personal Finance
Its New Year's Eve and 2011 is upon us.  Happy New Year everyone!!! Off the Cuff Quick Predictions for 2011:  The stock market will continue to grow, but at levels lower than the double digit levels in 2010.  Unemployment will go ...Read More »

2010 At A Financial Glance

{ Posted on Dec 31 2010 by Marcus Alston }
A lot happened in 2010 in the United States from a financial perspective.  Health care reform was passed, unemployment remained high, the housing market stayed in a funk, new credit card regulations were passed, etc. Here are a few highlights which ...Read More »

Four 2010 Laws that will Impact You in 2011 and Beyond

{ Posted on Dec 29 2010 by Marcus Alston }
It may not always seem like things are getting done by our elected officials but reviewing 2010 shows that a lot was accomplished that will impact consumers' wallets and futures for years to come.  I have highlighted 4 laws that ...Read More »

Payroll Tax Cuts Will Lead to Bigger Checks But Social Security Takes A Hit

{ Posted on Dec 27 2010 by Marcus Alston }
The President reached a tax-cut deal with congressional leaders earlier this December that includes extending the expiring “Bush Tax” cuts and unemployment benefits for another year.  The tax-cut deal also includes a "temporary" one-year social security payroll tax cut from ...Read More »

6 Wishes for You This Christmas

{ Posted on Dec 25 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Categories : Personal Finance
Its December 25th.  Merry Christmas everyone.  I have 6 Christmas wishes for you: 1. May Christmas 2010 be the best yet for you and your family. 2. May this Christmas be more relaxing, less stressful, and more enjoyable than ever. 3.  May you ...Read More »

10 Ways to Save Money on Winter Expenses

{ Posted on Dec 23 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Winter is finally here this year (it officially arrived December 21, 2010).  Here are 10 easy low cost ways to save money on winter expenses which should help stretch your budget: Add Storm Windows.  Storm windows can reduce heat loss by ...Read More »

What does baseball’s recent spending tells us about the economy?

{ Posted on Dec 22 2010 by Marcus Alston }
The Yanks, Texas and Phillies all showed that they were willing to offer big bucks for Cliff Lee which I take as a good sign for the economy.  But is it really, or does it show that only the baseball ...Read More »

Cliff Lee’s Decision – It Was Not All About The Money

{ Posted on Dec 19 2010 by Marcus Alston }
I could not believe my ears on Tuesday, December 14.  I was listening to the radio on the way to work to get the scores of 2 Monday night NFL football games when I found out that Cliff Lee had ...Read More »

Buying the Perfect Christmas Tree For Less

{ Posted on Dec 17 2010 by Marcus Alston }
For the last several years my wife and I have bought a live Christmas tree (versus an artificial one).  We usually go to at least 5 different places searching for the "perfect" tree within our budget.  My wife is always ...Read More »

15 Tips for Day Trips

{ Posted on Dec 11 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Planning a day trip?  I have learned a few things on some of my most recent day trips to Rockefeller Center in New York City and Brooklyn Heights in New York that may help you spend less, maximize your budget, ...Read More »