Getting Things Done or GTD is a productivity approach that emphasizes prioritizing tasks and eliminating distractions through to-do lists, calendars, and turning off e-mail notifications. GTD guru David Allen advocates dealing with today so you can stop worrying long enough to think about tomorrow. Here’s how GTD applies to personal finance.
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Choosing where to put your personal retirement savings can be a difficult choice. What do Roth and SEP even mean? Hopefully, the summary and comparative visual chart that follows will help to take the stress out of choosing where your retirement funds should be located and reaffirm the decision for those who have already made the choice.
In recent weeks, GM has been making a last-ditch effort to deal with its mounting problems and somehow escape bankruptcy. The final outcome remains to be seen, but any bailout efforts or even the most drastic of moves at this stage seem to be, as visualized below, the equivalent of lifting massive, crushing weights with simple balloons. Yesterday’s announcement of the resignation of GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner at the behest of the Obama administration was just the latest in a series of moves designed to reassure public confidence in the flailing automotive manufacturer. We hope our infographic helps you grasp what has led to the current squeeze on GM.
Conventional wisdom says that buying is preferable to renting. Instead of throwing money away on a home, you can invest in your future and have the sense of fulfillment that comes from owning a home. Turns out, conventional wisdom is wrong. Today, many long-term renters are in a much stronger financial position than many recent homebuyers, and the last thing these homeowners are feeling is contentment. But the combination of firesale prices on homes, the drop in mortgage rates, and government assistance in the form of the first time home buyer tax credit, may have you reconsidering the idea of buying your own home. Is now a good time?
Last year’s travel buzzword was “staycation,” an idea that promoted the benefits of thinking local instead of plunking down a credit card for a luxurious vacation getaway. As the economy has taken even more of a nosedive, travel-shy consumers can now benefit from the deep discounts being offered by resorts and airlines, discounts so deep that you just might be tempted to pack your bags.
Meet our millionth user. Tami K, a 35-year-old married mother of two from Gresham, Oregon is learning to live within a budget, with the help of Mint.com. Tami manages a dental office and is also in charge of her family’s finances. Mint.com has changed the way she spends money.
It’s crunch time. We are less than a month away from the tax deadline, but if you have not filed your 2008 taxes yet, you’re definitely not alone. According to the IRS, 1 in 5 taxpayers don’t file their taxes until the final week ahead of the April 15 deadline. Last year, 27 million taxpayers waited until the final minute before the tax deadline. If you’re one of them, you may be surprised to learn there are still some ways to maximize your tax return.
In the wake of lost revenue amid record foreclosures, banking institutions have found a way to mitigate some of their losses – they are raising basic fees and pulling more money from their customers and account holders than ever before. In other words, the online bill pay service that used to cost $10 is now $12, and the service fee for your account recently went up $1 a month. What can you do to stem this rising tide?
Maybe an extra dollar or two doesn’t sound like much at first, but increasing an ATM charge from $1 to $2.50 brings in a sizable amount of money when you’re talking about millions of transactions a year. And before you realize it, you – the “consumer” – have paid hundreds of dollars over the course of a year just to access and use your own hard-earned cash.
It’s official, trillion is the new billion. No longer is government spending talked about in terms of a mere ten digits. With the recent flurry of government spending, we are going to need another three zeros to make sense of it all.
You can explain it this way. A trillion dollar bills laid end to end would reach the sun or you spend a dollar per second for 32,000 years or one trillion dollars in pennies would weigh as much as 2,755,778 Argentinosauruses (the largest known dinosaur). But the real story behind one trillion dollars is in its economic impact. Let’s investigate what one trillion dollars can do.
Worried about an audit? After all, for those with pure souls it’s easy to screw up on your taxes unintentionally due to an incredibly complex tax code. Of course, there are those who intentionally screw up as well. All ethical matters aside, nobody wants to get audited. Here are six time-tested practices to heed when filling out your tax return that will help prevent it from looking like a smoke signal in the eyes of the IRS.