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Frugal Professor

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Name:
Frugal Professor
Category:
General Finance
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Frugality, Investing, Tax Planning
Start Year:
2015

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30s
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
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Teacher
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Latest Blog Posts

During my (almost) decade of living in poverty in grad school, I dutifully filed my taxes via TurboTax’s poorly advertised “Freedom” edition, which includes free federal & state to those with low income. It is generally available in mid-January here (link). I would recommend it to anyone who qualifies. Since my income has risen since ... Read more2018 Tax Software Live ...
Posted: Nov 14 2018 @ 12:55 PM
Another month, another update. A few random comments. Good Reads/Listens/Watches Free Solo (link). Honnold is a nut job. This movie highlights this well. He’s brilliant but has no fear of death, arguing that in the end we’re all dead anyway. Paraphrasing from the movie: “My girlfriend is weird; she has this weird obsession with maximizing ... Read moreFinancial Update – Oct 2018 ...
Posted: Nov 01 2018 @ 12:26 AM
Earlier this week I received a panicked email from a friend last week who wanted help choosing between about 20 healthcare plans during open enrollment. To the uninitiated, this indeed is a confusing process. However, this needn’t be confusing. But you first need to be informed. Important Definitions Here are some definitions that will help you ... Read moreDemystifying Annual Healthcare Enrollment ...
Posted: Oct 23 2018 @ 1:25 PM
Another month, another update. A few random comments. Good Reads/Listens/Watches Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (link). Really good book about prioritizing all aspects your life. Paraphrasing some good quotes (I listened to the audio book): Every time we say yes to something non-essential we are saying no a host of potential opportunities down the ... Read moreFinancial Update – Sept 2018 ...
Posted: Sep 30 2018 @ 11:51 AM
Another month, another update. A few random comments. Good Reads/Listens/Watches I mentioned this in a footnote a few months ago, but I spent three days this summer starting to write a “book” to my former self about money stuff. As of today, it’s basically 60 pages of tax optimization. It has a few typos and ... Read moreFinancial Update – Aug 2018 ...
Posted: Aug 31 2018 @ 11:29 AM
Another month, another update. A few random comments. Good Reads/Listens/Watches PBS Frontline Report on the impending retirement crisis (link). 55 minutes long, but this video should be required viewing for every American. I showed it to one of my classes this month which led to some great discussion. It’s comical to see how incoherently financial ... Read moreFinancial Update Jan 2018 ...
Posted: Feb 01 2018 @ 4:28 PM
Some of my favorite bloggers have written about groceries in the past: Mr Money Mustache (link) Justin at Root of Good (link) Mr Money Mustache concludes that Costco is great. Justin at Root of Good concludes Costco is for chumps and that WalMart prevails as low cost leader (with Aldi to supplement). Justin is as ... Read moreAldi vs Costco vs Walmart ...
Posted: Jan 14 2018 @ 2:26 AM
Another month, another update. A few random comments. Good Reads/Listens/Watches Sebastian Thrun on Machine Learning & AI. Found through “TED Talks Daily” Podcast. Youtube link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch'v=d_QrGglKG64. Sebastian is optimistic on the future of AI unlike many others. I liked the following quote: “Today 75% of us work in offices and do repetitive things. We’ve become ... Read moreFinancial Update Dec 2017 ...
Posted: Jan 01 2018 @ 8:39 AM
Taking 5 minutes yesterday to follow this advice from the Finance Buff saved me around $300 in taxes: https://thefinancebuff.com/make-mortgage-payment-due-january-1-december.html. The higher YTD interest paid already posted in my mortgage account today after making my payment yesterday. Easily one of the simplest tax hacks I’ve ever employed. If you are itemizing both years, you may come out ... Read moreNot itemizing next year' Make your Dec mortgage payment by Dec 31 ...
Posted: Dec 27 2017 @ 5:16 PM
The House and Senate released their new plans tonight. The gory details are here in this 570 page document: http://www.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/JointExplanatoryStatement121517.pdf It’s really easy to model in Excel because it’s so similar to the existing tax code. Took me about 5 minutes. To me, the biggest changes are: The Rubio-encouraged refundable child tax credit (up to 1,400 ... Read moreModel of New Tax Plan (House + Senate Compromise) ...
Posted: Dec 16 2017 @ 4:30 AM

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