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Common Sense Tips for Protecting Your Identity

Unfortunately, I have heard more than a few stories from clients affected by identity theft.  The results can include financial loss, fraudulent bills, damaged credit, and the huge hassle of contacting financial institutions and getting the mess sorted out. Although there are no guarantees, here are a few common sense steps to help minimize your […]

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March Garden Report

Spring has finally emerged from our crazy-cold winter! Time for a garden report! At least 56 inches of snow and temperatures below zero were tough on me but also on the garden. Certain things that over wintered in previous years, like rosemary, are totally dead, and the grapevines we’ve been nurturing for three years are […]

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Questions about Charter Schools

As I have written about here, and here, I support school choice for kids and have had a good experience (so far) with them personally. I work with a lot of parents of young kids, so I get a lot of questions about charter schools: 1.  Does it cost anything? No. Charter schools are public […]

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Why We Chose a Charter School

My son goes to a charter school, and I love it. Here are just a few of the things I love about his school: Tons of communication (both good & bad) from his teachers Emphasis on science, art and math Environment of well-behaved kids Early start to the day lets me get to work Culture […]

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How to Choose the Right Kindergarten for Your Child

It’s that time of year, where New York City parents of 4 and 5 year olds are figuring out where their kids are going in the Fall.  But how do you decide where to go?  We went through this last year.  Our zoned public school is considered fine, but I wanted to make sure I […]

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The Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

The Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

This is the seventh post in my “Taxes for Your Family” series. There is a lot of confusion about the tax benefits of owning a home.  But what are they? There are several deductions available to homeowners who itemize on their tax return: You can generally deduct the interest on up to $1 million of […]

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Are Vacation Homes Good Investments?

Are Vacation Homes Good Investments?

Guest Post By Diana Fishlock A great vacation often sparks dreams of owning a getaway home. It seems perfect after that beautiful week near the ocean or the mountains with no responsibilities. It may also seem like a retirement option or a good investment of time and money. But is it? A vacation home won’t […]

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Top 5 Posts of 2013

Wow, 2013 has flown by! Here are the top-viewed posts on this blog in 2013: The Difference between Marginal and Average Tax Rates Interview: Passing the Co-op Board Interview Guest Post: What You Need to Know About the New Affordable Healthcare Insurance Exchange Can You Afford Private School? Financial Planning Checklist for New Parents Happy […]

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How to Have a Blast on a Budget at Disney World

Ever since our son was born, I knew it was coming … family vacation to Disney World! Well, this was the year we “did Disney.”  We spent 5 days and 4 nights in Orlando and I must say that it was a grand old time. The trip was truly a priceless opportunity to gather an […]

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November Garden Report: Green Tomatoes

I thought October might be the last Garden report for the year, but more vegetables just keep coming. In addition to carrots and snowpeas, we had a TON of green tomatoes. We brought them in rather than let them rot outside, but what do you do with them? I’m not one for deep frying things, […]

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