For some tax tips that work in your favor, check out my latest blog post for the Turbotax blog. It’s called When Work Pays Twice – Schedule M and the Making Work Pay Credit. Read the article and make sure you don’t pay a dime more than you have to!

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Michael on January 6th, 2010
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Michael on January 4th, 2010
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Michael on December 16th, 2009
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I love The Office.
You: I thought you didn’t watch much TV?
I don’t.  But I do watch The Office. I think the writing is hysterical.  One of my favorite scenes from the show was when Jim temporarily works out of the Stamford branch. To mess with Dwight’s precious little head, he begins sending faxes to Dwight, [...]

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Michael on December 14th, 2009
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In recognizing

that the basic principles of personal finance do not change,
that most people reading this blog are relatively new readers, and
that I have many other commitments that force me to pare back the time I spend on this blog,

I am going to begin highlighting some of my most important previous blog entries.
Today, I’ll refresh your [...]

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Hi there.  I’ll be taking a few days away from blogging here to celebrate Thanksgiving.  In the meantime, check out my blog over at, including an opportunity to vote and comment on a good Thanksgiving conversation-starter:
How much do you need to retire?

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Michael on August 14th, 2009
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I am taking my youngest daughter to see her grandparents and great-grandparents today.
You: Sounds like fun.
Let’s hope so.
You: Why aren’t you optimistic? You love family.

Sure do, but my girl is only 19 months and she’s going to be on my lap for a few hours. If she’s good, I’m good. If she’s not good, I’m [...]

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Michael on July 2nd, 2009
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I’m looking forward to Independence Day.  Its meaning never escapes me.  Since I moved to New Hampshire a few years ago, I’ve gone to the same celebration every year where some dignitary, from our mayor to our governor, reads the Declaration of Independence aloud.  Some 233 years later, it’s still powerful and moving prose.
While the [...]

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Michael on June 26th, 2009
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It’s Friday, so it’s time for this week’s reader-submitted Q & A. If you’d like to submit a question, click here for more information or simply email a question.
You: When should I use frequent flyer miles vs. paying for an airline ticket?
-Steven R., Milford, CT
Straightforward Answer:  If you can get more than two cents [...]

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Michael on June 10th, 2009
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I just received two copies of Grads: Take Charge of Your First Year After College by Kathryn Marion.   One’s a keepsake for me, since I wrote a small “bonus” chapter in the Money section of the book. But the other copy is a gift for you.
You: For me?
You: How do I find out if it’s [...]

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