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 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: fantasma's financial journey

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:43 pm 

Replies: 454
Views: 86334

Fantasma - I agree with Panda. Most importantly, it wasn't a $200K mistake :) and you have learned from it.

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: Cranky's attempt at a budget/introduction

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:34 pm 

Replies: 85
Views: 30790

Good for you! You are making great progress.

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: SuzWantsToBeFree - 2011 Where do I start?????

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:30 pm 

Replies: 67
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I got a court date set on March 31. My ex should have been served by now and I hope that I am able to get this resolved. My life has been really busy but I am making headway on my financial situation. So far: total debt - $489,570; total savings (liquid) $3,535; total 401K contribution in 2011 - $3,...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: I'm 25 and starting a 401k: which funds should I choose?

Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:23 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 4072

I am going to make the assumption that he is a higher earner due to the fact that his goal is to max out the 401K. I would do that instead of the Roth at this time because of the tax benefits associated with the 401K. If he can afford to max out the 401K AND put away another $5K for retirement, then...

 Forum: Personal Development   Topic: Bachlors, Masters, or None?

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:33 pm 

Replies: 6
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I would go for the MBA. You may not have another opportunity to get an MBA for half price. Besides, nothing is guaranteed in life and you may have to change jobs in a few years and an MBA may be helpful at that point. But focus on what you like - the MIS classes - as others have suggested.

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: SuzWantsToBeFree - 2011 Where do I start?????

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:04 am 

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hee,hee. I am hoping that the next 19 times will go quicker. It took me 13 months to get 5% down and looking at 20 years and 7 months more is a little depressing. :) But if I can get another 5% down by March next year and save the full max on my 401K and save in my EF then it will be a great sucess....

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: Panda's Ponderings

 Post subject: Re: Panda's 2010
Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:53 am 

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I work for a car dealership and hate the whole car maintenance thing too. It makes me feel so dumb!!!! Too bad you have to deal with this and the obstacles in your way right now.

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: SuzWantsToBeFree - 2011 Where do I start?????

Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:50 am 

Replies: 67
Views: 10737

Good Morning! Today I have hit a milestone of paying off the first 5% of my debt. It doesn't seem like a lot, but it is almost $26000 in 13 months. I am concentrating on paying down my home mortgage and each month the principal paydown is getting bigger and the interest portion smaller!!!! Still rea...

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: Ricklee's Wealth Journal

Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:43 am 

Replies: 330
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Maybe part of the answer too is that you are not in a race to keep up with the Jones's and your other goals are more important than a bigger home :). You are living exactly the way you want, nothing wrong with that!!!!!!!!!

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: GOAL: burn the mortgage ($78,491.72) by 2018

Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:40 am 

Replies: 400
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Pretty cool line of thinking Cecily! To answer my question, I think I will need around $100K too. That would give a little cushion for inflation in the taxes and the insurance. Our state "helps" us a little with taxes basically saying our home value (the basis for the taxes) cannot go up m...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Savings based lotteries

 Post subject: Re: Savings based lotteries
Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:04 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 3174

As long as my principal was protected, I would probably put a $1000 in an account like this. If I got lucky and got the "prize" it would be worth it to me, if I didn't the most I would have "lost" out on would be minimal and I could accept that risk.

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: GOAL: burn the mortgage ($78,491.72) by 2018

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:28 am 

Replies: 400
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C- I just meant that you have the taxes taken care of right now, and presumably, you will have an increase in income over the next 8 years. Treat yourself a little now and use the increases in income in the future to continue funding your tax endowment :) I really like the idea of a tax endowment an...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Spending habits in Financial Crisis

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:52 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 2068

Sounds like an interesting topic. I am not a pro on this, but here is my personal thoughts..... The economy has been difficult for a lot of people, but I have been (thankfully) weathering the storm pretty well. However, it has been really difficult for me to spend anything more than I have to spend....

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: GOAL: burn the mortgage ($78,491.72) by 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:16 am 

Replies: 400
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Isn't it amazing how a little extra makes such a big difference? Right now I am on course to payoff my home mortgage within a few years of yours - I think 3-2033. However, I want to retire on 9-19-32 so I have to keep plugging along and paying as much extra as I can. Are your taxes currently escrowe...
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