More Than Resolutions: Create a Budget

Join us all month for 31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010! When it comes to the most popular New Year's resolutions, there's probably a tie between those related to health and those related to finances. Obviously both of those categories have a huge impact on every area of your life, so it's no…

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Simplifying Your Next Yard Sale

This weekend, I spent most of Saturday at a yard sale with some more stuff that I've decluttered from my kitchen, girls' clothes and toys. Unfortunately, the yard sale itself didn't go nearly as well as we had expected. We got less than half the traffic we did last year, and the people who did…

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Organizing Your Budget with the Envelope System

The following guest post is from Julia at The Frugal Find: This envelope system isn’t new. I'm not the genius who created it – and yes, that person WAS a genius – but I believe this system will transform your financial situation. Envelope Budget 101 My #1 tip is to use cash only and always.…

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Preparing Your Taxes: Planning for Next Year

Unfortunately, if you're just now thinking about your taxes and starting to look at your records, there's not much else you can do to make that information easier to organize at this point other than plow through it. However, as you're filling out your tax preparation checklist, it's a great time to think about next…

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Preparing Your Taxes: Make a List

Whether you plan to file your taxes yourself, use a tax preparation service or hire an accountant, the best place to start is by making a list and gathering all of your information beforehand. This is exactly how I do it, and Lori shared her experience doing it this way in a recent comment as…

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Preparing Your Taxes: Thinking Through Your Needs

Regardless of where you are in your tax preparation – unless, of course, you're done – it's best to start by asking yourself some questions so that you can get organized before you start! Tax Preparation Professional or Not? To be honest, whether you're using a tax professional or not, I would still encourage you…

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