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How to Spot a Shoplifter

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I took my boys to the mall this Saturday to get haircuts. While I was waiting, I walked down to Books-A-Million to look around. I spent a few minutes looking around and then as I was about to leave the store, I noticed two kids. They weren’t really doing anythign suspicious but I still had […]

How to Calculate Your Federal Income Tax Withholding

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Have you ever wondered how your employer calculates your federal income tax withholding on your paycheck? The calculation’s not that hard to figure out if you have the right information. You can use an online withholding calculator from the IRS (NOTE: the IRS calculator does not reflect 2011 changes) or you can run the numbers […]

Check Out Larry Winget’s “Unfiltered Truth” Series

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Scroll down to get a special code for AFM readers to get $20 off the series. I received an email late last week from Larry Winget, alerting me to a new video series he is offering called “Unfiltered Truth.” The series is composed of 12 videos on the following topics: • Turn Your Life Around […]

Reader Question Regarding Personal Rate of Return

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Yesterday I received an email from a guy who needed help with figuring out his personal rate of return using Excel’s XIRR formula. He had just started contributing to his 401(k): 3/26/2010 – $188.50 4/8/2010 – $377.02 4/16/2010 – Balance of $593.54 The XIRR formula requires both negative and positive numbers in order for it […]

The Ten Habits of Highly Organized People

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Sara Stebbins has written a nice little piece with some helpful tips on getting organized. Her tips (along with my thoughts on a few of them): 1. Walk away from bargains Some people can’t walk away from bargains. I’m not saying my mom had this problem but I do remember her telling my dad stuff […]

Advice on How to Get Your Medical Care Claims Paid

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Longtime AFM reader, Don, volunteered to write a post detailing his experience in dealing with medical bills and insurance companies. It would be worth your time to read this. Thanks to Don for writing this. The financial consequences of a significant medical event. In February of 2004, my wife suffered a thrombophilic stroke, which is […]

Excel Tidbits – Part 1: Using the COUNTIF Function

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

I do a lot of stuff with Excel and I have learned some things that go slightly beyond the basics and make the program that much better to use. I still use Excel 2003 so this series of posts will be based on that version. I got the idea for this post after putting together […]

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