Ten Amazing Tax Breaks that Await Your Early Retirement [2015 Edition]

If you’re on a path to retire early, it makes sense to acquaint yourself with some wondrous tax savings. For those approaching retirement, these savings deliver motivation to stay the course (there’s a pot of gold at the rainbow’s end). For those who’ve already retired, these savings point to lucrative tax strategies (there’s a pot of gold sitting […]

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2016 Obamacare Premium Tax Credit Calculator

In 2016 the federal government will once again offer a Premium Tax Credit (PTC) to qualifying taxpayers who buy their own health insurance from an approved health insurance exchange. To receive a PTC you must split the uprights between making too little and too much income. If you make too little, you drop out of […]

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The Worthometer has been Updated to Include 2013 PSID Data!

Breaking news: this site’s popular Worthometer has been updated to replace older data from the 2011 Panel Study of Income Dynamics (2011 PSID) with the newer results from the 2013 survey. As you may know, the Worthometer is the web’s only net worth percentile gauge that incorporates, reconciles, interpolates, and averages all three major surveys of household […]

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Compare Your Adjusted Gross Income to Others by Age and Filing Status [Using 2013 IRS Data]

Note: this post updates earlier articles dated August 15, 2014 and December 3, 2014 which used 2011 and 2012 data published under the IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) program. Since then, the IRS has released its 2013 statistics so the time is ripe to revisit this topic. Everyone compares themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing up […]

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How to Compare Your Income to Others (Without Being Rude) [Using 2014 Census Data]

Note: this post updates an earlier article dated September 22, 2014 which used 2013 data published by the US Census Bureau. Since then, the Census Bureau has released its 2014 data so the time is ripe to revisit this topic using the latest available statistics. Everyone likes to compare themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But comparing […]

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Website Updates and Snapping Turtles

Happy Monday, everyone! Today’s post reports some recent updates to this site that I hope you’ll find interesting. First, I’ve installed a FREE online version of my book Spend Less Now! — A Checklist Program for the Decidedly Unfrugal. You can access the table of contents page by clicking the “50+ Checklists!” tile that appears in the navagation […]

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Worthometer Canada: Compare Your Net Worth to Others (Without Being Rude)

Everyone compares themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing up net worths isn’t polite conversation. In fact, it’s taboo. Faced with this, some people try to rank themselves indirectly, such as by outspending their neighbors. This can produce great unhappiness (but at least it makes for happy retailers). If you could compare your net worth to others without […]

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yFIRECalc 1.0: The Retirement Calculator that Shows Why You Should Retire Early

Dozens of calculators show how to acheive an early retirement. But none I’ve seen show why you should retire early. If any such calculator existed, it certainly wouldn’t measure dollars. Dollars divulge the how of early retirement, but never the why of it. Any calculator offering that kind of insight would have to measure something far more valuable than […]

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