It’s that time of the year when offers to lock in natural gas rates show up in my mailbox. The offers usually employ fear driven marketing, preying upon consumers’ fear of paying too much in utilities and of “unexpected” charges. The offers typically refer to the local utility with terms like “unpredictable”, “unexpected”, “gambling” and… Continue reading Locking in Natural Gas Rates
We’re barely into 2020 and already my goal to simplify our family’s financial picture is being challenged. I find myself tempted to open another bank account. What?!? Bank error in your favor, collect $600 Let’s back up a bit. Last year when we were preparing for our family DIY study abroad to Spain, we opened… Continue reading Are Banking Signup Bonuses Worth It?
[As with anything tax-related, see my disclaimers.] In 2013, I found out that I’d contributed too much to my Roth IRA during 2012. Our income had exceeded the income phase-out for Roth IRA contributions. It wasn’t until I was doing my taxes that I found out that I’d contributed too much during 2012. Time to… Continue reading Contributing Too Much To A Roth IRA
[As with anything tax-related, see my disclaimers.] The other day at work, I was discussing the advantages of converting traditional IRA money into a Roth IRA with a coworker. I’ve always been of the opinion that if my marginal rate is the same today as in the future when I withdraw the money, then it… Continue reading Should I Convert to a Roth IRA?