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Posts Tagged ‘Credit Cards’

My Top Blog Posts from March and April 2010

{ Posted on May 02 2010 by Marcus Alston }
I started this personal finance blog at the end of March 2010 to share helpful financial information to others and have written quite a few articles since then.  Just in case you missed any of my blog posts or have ...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 »

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 »

Managing Credit Card Debt – Part 2 of 2

{ Posted on Apr 03 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Yesterday I shared some suggestions on actions you can do to manage your credit card debt during these unprecedented economic times (“Do’s”). Below are some things I suggest that you do not do related to credit card debt (“Don’ts”). 8 ...Read More »

Managing Credit Card Debt – Part 1 of 2

{ Posted on Apr 02 2010 by Marcus Alston }
During these unprecedented economic times, there may be even more pressure to use credit cards to make ends meet.  However, now more than ever is the time to reduce your reliance on credit cards and live below your means in ...Read More »

How Much Should You Be Saving?

{ Posted on Apr 01 2010 by Marcus Alston }
The most important thing is not how much you save (as my father used to say), but saving something, even if it is $5 or $10 or $100 per week.  This way you get into the habit of saving.  You ...Read More »

5 Steps to Controlling Your Debt Now

{ Posted on Mar 30 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Budget Reduce Spending Apply Saving Tips Pay off Credit Cards Have a Plan Budget.  Hopefully you read my post on writing a budget.  This is one of the first steps to controlling debt.  A budget helps you identify your income, necessary expenses, and ...Read More »

Want to Save Money? First Create a Budget.

{ Posted on Mar 28 2010 by Marcus Alston }
One of the first things that you must do in order to save money and spend less is identify exactly where your money is going, how much you are bringing in, and how much positive cash flow you have, if ...Read More »

6 Reasons Why am I Doing a Personal Finance Blog

{ Posted on Mar 27 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Saddled with debt from college and law school, I felt compelled to seek a high paying job at a prestigious law firm.  To some degree, this limited my opportunity to give back in the way that I had envisioned, which ...Read More »