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Posts Tagged ‘Reduce Debt’

Top 10 Things To Do with Your Tax Return

{ Posted on Feb 27 2011 by Marcus Alston }
The US economy seems to be turning around despite continued bad news abroad.  Consumers are tightening their belts and living smarter and spending wisely.  Here are 10 things you should do with your tax refund to continue to maximize your ...Read More »

Stop Smoking and Save Over $100K

{ Posted on Aug 11 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Stop smoking and save big bucks!  In many states, cigarettes cost over $8 a pack these days and one of the reasons they cost so much is because the government imposes an excise tax (often called a "sin" tax).  The ...Read More »

Economists: Economy Recovering Slower than Expected

{ Posted on Jul 29 2010 by Marcus Alston }
The Associated Press reports that economists predict that the economic recovery of the United States will continue to improve, but at a slow pace well into 2011.  The cause, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists, is attributed ...Read More »

8 Financial Tips for High School Graduates

{ Posted on Jun 12 2010 by Marcus Alston }
My nephew recently graduated from Milton Academy on Friday and I attended the ceremony along with several other proud relatives.  Milton Academy is a prestigious prep-school in Milton, Massachusetts. These kids are some of the best and brightest young minds on ...Read More »

Ex-Student has $275,000 in College Debt

{ Posted on Jun 07 2010 by Marcus Alston }
I was so astounded by the clip I found in a blog post on TheDigeratiLife.com, about a student who incurred $275,000 in debt going to New York University (NYU) in New York City, that I had to turn my comment ...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 »

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 »

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 »

Why I Buy Instead of Lease a Car

{ Posted on Apr 09 2010 by Marcus Alston }
The decision whether to lease or buy a car is pretty easy for me after considering numerous factors.  I recommend buying and preferably buying used.  While I have had a few cars in my life time since college, I have ...Read More »