Monthly Archives: December 2010

2011 Goals and Objectives

I know myself, and for whatever reason the main way to keep myself motivated is to be accountable to anyone, but myself.  As I type and re-read that sentence it almost seems immature but the fact that I feel a need to come back here and confess to my failures keeps me motivated me notContinue Reading

What is a W-4? Updating My W-4

Anyone that has ever received a paycheck has noticed that the government takes a (massive) piece.  Your HR/Employer knows how much to withhold from each paycheck based partly on your W-4.  According to the IRS one would, Complete Form W-4 so that your employer can withhold the correct federal income tax from your pay. ConsiderContinue Reading

Updating My Dividend Portfolio For 2011

One of my favorite monetary accomplishments this year is creating a dividend portfolio.  When I created that portfolio my first step was to use the dividend aristocrat index, which is a basket of stocks “within the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years.”  IContinue Reading

Did I fail or Succeed in my 2010 Goals

As I sit here on Christmas Eve Morning puttering around the internet I figured what better time than now to see if I met my Goals and Objectives for 2010? I will write my goals and objectives for 2011 next week.  Re-Reading that post it seems like I had 4 main goals/objectives: Debt Liquid Savings/InvestingContinue Reading

Summary of Tax Changes for 2011

The end of the 2010 marked the sunset of certain tax cuts found in the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (JGTRRA ) commonly referred to as the Bush Tax Cuts.   Well, last week was as crazy of a weekContinue Reading

What I am Doing with my Unexpected Bonus

I can’t believe that it was 2 whole years ago when I bitched complained made note that I received an unexpectedly low bonus and what I was going to do to rectify the situation.  The amount that was “lower than expected” was actually part of my compensation schedule.  Well, this year things are different. The compensationContinue Reading