New IRS tax rules for 2007, which took effect Jan. 1, forbid tax deductions for charitable donations unless you can prove the donation through receipts or other official financial records. However, don't let that scare you away from donating. If … [Read more...] about Stop donating your cash. Write a check instead.
D at Divorce to Financial Freedom is having a discussion with her 17-year-old son about getting his first credit card. Some comments have mentioned that they wish they got their first card earlier in life, and some wish they never got one. I got … [Read more...] about How young is too young for a credit card?
About 3 years ago, my wife and I decided to cancel extended cable (that's anything above the basic network TV, but below Digital cable). We're saving about $35 per month, and I really only miss ESPN when the Steelers or Penn State play. Otherwise, we … [Read more...] about Save then spend: Blockbuster Online vs Extended Cable
How did you choose the name Clever Dude? Ok, I admit, the story behind the name isn't so clever, nor exciting. When I signed up with Dreamhost, I found that I could get a free domain name. I plugged in a few ideas I had, but they were all taken. … [Read more...] about Questions about the Clever Dude
A post by Madame X at My Open Wallet got me thinking about our own check usage over the years. I looked up our records in Quicken, which go back to Feb, 2003 and came up with these numbers: 2003: 38 (I think I lost a bunch of transactions when I … [Read more...] about Check Usage Decline