Friday Gathering: What happened in MA last week?

By Stew

Mike, gave me the privilege of announcing the winner of the book, Get Financially Naked. Drum roll, please . . . . . Julie (comment #21)!

Here are some articles that I found interesting this week:

I am a huge fan of tax software and e-filing. I have used TurboTax almost since it was first made available online. Debt Free Adventure just figured out that if you are claiming any of the new home buyer tax credits – you must file your tax return on paper! This goes right up there with the DMV not taking credit or debit cards . . . government always provides poor customer service.

As far as blogging goes, I have had mixed success and failure. Maybe if I had read Pete’s article at Bible Money Matters at the beginning, I would have had a little more success. Check out Blueprint For How To Make Money With A Blog: Advice From Successful Bloggers.

I have considered becoming self-employed many times during my life. Often, the greatest hindrance is medical insurace. Patrick discusses the options: Shopping for Self-Employed Health Insurance.

I worked my way through college, but along the way I qualified for major student loans – at no interest until I graduated. I often wish that I had taken the loans and put the money in a savings account and then paid them off when they came due. I actually had a friend who pulled this off. Studenomics details the process in Investing your Student Loans.

The Silicon Valley Blogger at Digirati Life writes a comprehensive post about helping with the Haiti relief effort. I hope you can do something.

Have a great weekend! Remember: don’t just spend money, spend time.

Article by Stew

Photo by Muffet

5 Responses (including trackbacks) to “Friday Gathering: What happened in MA last week?”

  1. Matt Jabs Says:

    I was very surprised to learn that those filing for the homebuyer tax credits needed to file on paper, but when you consider they have to attach their settlement statement… I suppose that makes more sense. Still… it’s a pain in the butt. :-)

  2. Patrick Says:

    You may want to check out individual insurance even if you have a group plan through work. It can often be cheaper if you are on good health (it may not be if you have pre-existing conditions). Either way, it only takes a few minutes to fill out a rate quote and you could save money.

  3. MD @ Studenomics Says:

    Thanks for mentioning Studenomics!

    P.S I might have to cave and check out that book. I’ve seen it everywhere lately.

  4. Peter Says:

    Thanks for the link to my blogging series! Hopefully it helped some people out!

    By the way, don’t most tax softwares give the option to print out your return for cases like the homebuyer tax credit where you have to send it in?

  5. Stew Says:

    Yes, probably not as big a deal as I make it seem here. You just have to get a stamp . . . or probably three in my case.