Thursday, April 3, 2008

Helpful Tips for Tax Time (Part 1) by Dave Ramsey

I have to pay! When you realized you weren't getting a refund this year, you probably didn't jump for joy, did you? Bet you didn't. None of us are thrilled about sending our hard-earned money away. Even though you have to send money to the IRS this year, it's not the end of the world, even if you're already living on a super-tight budget. Even if you've already sent in your check, here are some things to keep in mind:

• Revisit the budget. See where you can squeeze a little bit of cash out of certain categories in your budget - all the little amounts from various places add up! Try your absolute hardest to resist using money from your emergency fund. How about pulling a little out of your clothing, entertainment, or vacation funds? Get free budgeting forms.

• Clean out the house. It's that time of year again where people are always looking for a treasure in someone else's junk. It's nothing but a win-win situation: you get rid of clutter in your garage/attic/shed AND make extra cash while others walk away with bargains.

• Pizza, anyone? Pick up a part-time job for a short period of time. Delivering pizzas is a fabulous idea - and it's great for attacking your debt snowball like crazy, too!

• Here comes the Debt Snowball! If you absolutely can't write a one-time check to the IRS, put this payment in your debt snowball. Just remember that you will have to pay interest just like most other bills you are attacking in your snowball.

Don't stress about sending in the check. By following the above tips, you'll be back on track with the Baby Steps in no time!

Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert, an extremely popular national radio personality and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover. Dave is changing the face of America by helping people get out of debt and build wealth. Ramsey exemplifies his life's work of teaching others how to be financially responsible, so they can acquire enough wealth to take care of loved ones, live prosperously into old age, and give generously to others.

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