Start the decade right

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. – Henry David Thoreau Well, now the holidays are truly behind us, and this is the week where reality sets in for everybody. No more family (which might be a relief?), no more parties, no more presents. Just…daily life. And, in my opinion, this week is actually crucial to how … Read More

Kathy BylkasStart the decade right

Last week to lower your tax bill?

“If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.” – Richard Bach I trust you’re recovering from all the holiday sweets and family fun? My body might need a few weeks, probably! Last week, I wrote a plea to make sure that you don’t let the … Read More

Kathy BylkasLast week to lower your tax bill?

Are you ready for 2010?

“If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen.” – Desiderius Erasmus 2009 is drawing to a close…. Have you done everything you can to protect yourself in 2009 from the IRS tax hounds? I’m not sure if you know this, but the federal government … Read More

Kathy BylkasAre you ready for 2010?

Cough drops, sunscreen and bandages

“The beginning is always today.” – Mary Wollstonecraf With less than two weeks to go in the holiday season we can sometimes neglect the fact that it’s also less than three weeks left for the calendar year. And that means that you’ve got a bunch of decisions to make these next few weeks which can directly affect your tax bill … Read More

Kathy BylkasCough drops, sunscreen and bandages

The best presents for the season (not what you think)

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope Well, my family is deep into the holiday season. No matter your religious persuasion, it’s pretty difficult to avoid the non-stop merchant clamor to “buy stuff” in order to properly celebrate what started as a spiritual season. And yes, I’m a … Read More

Kathy BylkasThe best presents for the season (not what you think)

Thanksgiving recovery begins now

“I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.” – Unknown Apparently, I ruffled some feathers last week with my blog title: “Thanks for nothing”. Well, in a … Read More

Kathy BylkasThanksgiving recovery begins now

Thanks for nothing

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer Alright, I don’t really mean that. And it’s not some gimmick to get you to read this blog post. No, as your family’s Personal Financial Guide, I’ve got some words to say about your peace-of-mind–and what leads to TRUE wealth. THIS week–this happy … Read More

Kathy BylkasThanks for nothing

How to stay poor

“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.” – Horace Can you feel the holiday “crunch” beginning? In our house, the calendar is beginning to fill up with parties, family activities and much more. Around this time of year, my … Read More

Kathy BylkasHow to stay poor

You get the credit

“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.” -Will Rogers Your family’s Personal Financial Guide is here, and we’ve got some bad news to start the week…as well as some good news for many from the past weekend. (Btw, I’m not referring to the healthcare bill passing the House, as I’m not going … Read More

Kathy BylkasYou get the credit

Are things looking up?

“The past does not define you, the present does.” – Jillian Michaels Phew! I’m feeling rested this week–how about you? Sure was nice to wake up Sunday morning with an “extra” hour of sleep, thanks to Daylight Savings–well, Daylight “Losings” in this case. And I’ve got some insight about the current economy–as well as a special offer for you at … Read More

Kathy BylkasAre things looking up?