That Time I Intentionally Overdrew Our Bank Account (photo credit)
An important principle at the heart of successful financial management is “don’t spend more cash than you have on hand.”
Cash flow is important. Run out of cash and bad things can happen… banks charge overdraft fees / businesses charge late fees & interest / Uncle Vinny busts your knee caps…
Why then did I overdraw our bank account this month? On purpose. Twice.
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Since my college days of living hand to mouth, I’ve tracked every penny I’ve earned and spent. It was a bit necessary if I wanted to have more month than money. At first I used pencil & paper, then a spreadsheet, and eventually Quicken.
Years later, after reading Your Money or Your Life, I began tracking passive / investment income with focus and determination. I added more calculations and pages and charts to my spreadsheet, and eventually started using Mint.com.
I credit this practice of tracking all income, expenses, and investment activity with our ability to optimize our spending and grow net worth. It is hard to overspend or buy frivolous things when the numbers are staring you in the face. There is no pretending and no hoping for the best.
It really doesn’t matter which method of tracking you use, as long as you do so…
After 20+ years of practice and experience, I now rely primarily on Personal Capital to do it all for me. It does everything that my old spreadsheet did in a fraction of the time. It’s great… plus, you know… free.
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Philadelphia (photo from visitphilly.com)
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Recently I mentioned that our upcoming visit to Philadelphia will earn us a few free hotel nights. Several people wrote to ask how that works. Sorry for being too vague.
Thanks to the quarterly IHG Accelerate promotion our 3 nights in Philly will earn over 62,000 IHG Rewards Club points.This is worth over $400 or somewhere between 2 and 3 free nights.
Here are the details:
Greetings, friends. For the past 4 years I’ve shared the Go Curry Cracker tax returns to showcase how the Four Principles of Tax Free Living are applied in the real world.
I violate Principle #1 myself, which means I get to file additional tax forms, namely the Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship). This is of course good fun.
It would be a shame to keep all of these good times to myself, so this year let’s explore the GCC business taxes. In doing so, I will reveal all of the juicy details on how I make (and spend) money blogging.
GCC: Tax Day is just around the corner, so what better time to showcase someone who has gone head-to-head with the US tax code and come out the victor.
Today’s guest post is by the Frugal Professor, and he is here to highlight how the Earned Income Tax Credit has accelerated his family’s path to Financial Independence.
Another year, another tax return.
For the 4th year in a row, we’ve had taxable income in the six figures range with income tax burdens of ~zero, or even negative. Uncle Sam is by far my most generous relative.
This year is much the same, although I decided to throw the IRS a token dollar.