2020 Income Tax Rates Released by the IRS

For the early planners, the IRS announced updated 2020 income tax rates this week. There are 6 federal income tax brackets for 2020 – 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%. The standard deduction for married couples filing jointly will rise from $24,400 to $24,800 for tax year 2020. Single taxpayers and married individuals filing …

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Get a Telloween treat, $5 any plan

We’ve had a good partnership with Tello for almost three years now, and they are offering a spooktacular deal today through November 1.  New customers can get any phone plan for $5 for the first month of service. After that, the regular cost of the plan applies or you can upgrade/downgrade your plan free of …

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7 Customer Loyalty Programs to Earn Rewards

We’ve written before about using customer loyalty to your advantage to score savings on services like Netflix and DIRECTV. Service companies like these will frequently give long-term customers a discount to retain their business. Many retailers and restaurants also offer rewards programs for repeat business.  These tend to be programs you sign up for upfront, …

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3 Tips to Find the Best Deal on Holiday Flights

With the holidays quickly approaching, I thought it would be a great time to share information on finding the best deals for travel.  Over the years, our family has spread across multiple states. I’m always looking for the cheapest way to travel so that we can fit in the most visits possible within our budget. …

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Where to Get Free Conference Calling

Thought we’d republish this post originally written in 2015 about FreeConferenceCall.com because it is a conference calling provider that is getting greater scrutiny by the federal government. It is a service that we continue to use and rely on. You can find more details about what they are facing here. A few weeks ago, I …

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Why Owning a Gym May Be the Best Business Ever

After encountering some health issues, my wife joined a Planet Fitness gym several years ago to help improve her condition. And although I detest going to the gym with almost every fiber in my being, I was encouraged by her enthusiasm and soon joined her on different occasions. The gym had an inviting and nonthreatening …

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Universal Healthcare (Why Not?)

On our last trip to the Great White North, we had the pleasure of staying at the home of a nice older couple, via Airbnb. They gave us a warm Canadian greeting and showed us to our cozy basement quarters equipped with all that we needed for our brief stay. They were very accommodating and …

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5 Tips for Saving Money As a Stay at Home Mom

If you are a family that is choosing to have your wife stay at home in order to care for your house and/or your children, often it feels like you may have made the wrong decision.  Shouldn’t “the lady of the house” be working and bringing in income as well?  After all, that’s what many …

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