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Sun Apr 24

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kmart00 replied to the BBQ, Art of, Fun(ky), The board. 9:39 AM

Re: Fresh Beef is the Best!!

I started doing this last year--bought a 1/4 cow from one farm... Shared with four friends and had just enough for 4-5 months for two adults and a toddler.

THis year, I bought a half cow with 6 friends. ITs great!

I have to say, [more]

Fri Apr 15

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kmart00 replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 9:35 AM

Re: OT. Median house price

<quote> by the time we sold the flat, fixed interest rates had disappeared from the mortgage scene in the UK. At one point....'80-81 or so.... our mortgage rate hit 16% for a while !!</quote>

Its interesting... Apparently the [more]

Fri Apr 8

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kmart00 replied to the Tax Strategies board. 2:48 PM

Re: day care flex spending not so 'flexible'?

Thanks!!! :)

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kmart00 replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 2:47 PM

Re: coffee lovers

I have a grind n brew machine at home, so I always go for whole bean. I feel like that makes a difference.

I got tired of paying $11 for a half pound of beans at my local coffee shop, so I tried a lightening deal on Amazon for Cameron's [more]

Thu Apr 7

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kmart00 replied to the BBQ, Art of, Fun(ky), The board. 3:26 PM

Re: The new Weber Summit

check out the review on amazingribs.com. Its a pretty cool grill/smoker, but I agree--its pricey

Mon Mar 28

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kmart00 posted to the BBQ, Art of, Fun(ky), The board. 4:31 PM

first cook on the new toy :)

Finally got the used Egg cleaned out, re-aligned and re-gasket-ed.

For Easter, I smoked a whole pork loin. Stuffed it with cheddar, apples and raisins. Injected it with apple juice, red wine vinegar and minced garlic.

Used [more]

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kmart00 replied to the BBQ, Art of, Fun(ky), The board. 4:26 PM

Re: cant help this lil happy dance

lol... They knew what it was worth--they just wanted it gone. I was happy to oblige :)

Thu Mar 24

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kmart00 replied to the Tax Strategies board. 2:26 PM

Re: day care flex spending not so 'flexible'?

*sigh*

Apparently these can only be used for Kindergarten on up.

http://wanderingtaxpro.blogspot.com/2008/04/another-example-...

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kmart00 replied to the Tax Strategies board. 2:23 PM

Re: day care flex spending not so 'flexible'?

My wife just had another baby, so working is not in the books this year.

I was looking for a tax advantaged place to pay for preschool (not daycare), and the documetnation around the flex spending plan seem to do both.

I have been [more]

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kmart00 replied to the BBQ, Art of, Fun(ky), The board. 2:15 PM

Re: cant help this lil happy dance

LOL

I hear you on the Eggcessories. Paid more than the cost of the Egg already ;)

Wed Mar 23

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kmart00 replied to the Tax Strategies board. 3:25 PM

Re: day care flex spending not so 'flexible'?

I'll talk to my accountant about the coverdell. What annoyed me is that this nuance was not well documented in my employer's literature. I was led to believe that the Dependent Care account was there to either cover day care OR fund preschool with [more]

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kmart00 posted to the Tax Strategies board. 11:03 AM

day care flex spending not so 'flexible'?

So I learned something this week

Apparently, even though my employer allows me to put up to $5000 in a day care flex spending account, the IRS will add that back as taxable income if my spouse has no income and is not a full time student [more]

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kmart00 posted to the BBQ, Art of, Fun(ky), The board. 10:53 AM

cant help this lil happy dance

So, I love the Fool boards. Here's one that ties two together: LBYM and this BBQ board :)

Just had the score of scores: Bought an XL Big Green Egg, with nest and mates (used) for $300. One high heat cleanout, tightening of some bolts and I'm [more]

Tue Mar 1

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kmart00 replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 2:51 PM

Re: Total Bond Market Index

this is great, aleax!

I am (again, probably naively) almost positive we will need the funds in 5 years (not 10--too long), which is why I was considering an individual bond (muni?).

I need to learn more about CEFs...

Fri Feb 26

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kmart00 replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 5:14 PM

Re: Total Bond Market Index

I have no qualifications in this arena-- trying to learn :)

My thought process was simple: buy a highly rated bond and hold to maturity versus a bond fund where I might take a haircut if rates rise.

Complete newbie with some [more]

Thu Feb 25

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kmart00 replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 2:18 PM

Re: Total Bond Market Index

I am really trying to determine if munis are right for me. I am in NJ. Want to stash some money that we *might* need in 3-5 years. Want to get more than 2% return annually.

Bond funds worry me. I'm worried about the effect of rising rates. [more]

Thu Feb 18

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kmart00 replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 3:28 PM

Re: Trying to learn about Munis

I was trying to look in to this today, (buying new issuance bonds) for MCIA (monmouth county improvement) and middlesex county (both AAA), but TDAmeritrade never seems to have the 'data refreshed'. Tells me to call their fixed income specialist

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kmart00 replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 2:28 PM

Re: Trying to learn about Munis

the funds ratings are (overall) 4 star (morningstar)

3 year rating is 5 star, 5 year 3, 10 year 4

portfolio seems to be long on treasuries/agencies

almost 80% is rated A or above, duration seems to be mostly 10-20 years [more]

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kmart00 replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 10:50 AM

Re: hyd

this is great info! Thanks

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kmart00 replied to the Investing Beginners board. 10:03 AM

Re: Investing in Munis...

thanks... I just cross posted

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