The Fiscal Cliff Doesn’t Just Affect the Rich

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Though the election is long over, the debate over whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts continues.

This is the so-called “fiscal cliff” that’s all over the media right now.

On the surface, this sometimes seems like a debate over taxes in general, and specifically on higher taxes for the rich.

But don’t bet on it – the fiscal cliff doesn’t just affect the rich – it has the middle class squarely in its crosshairs.

A series of tax increases will begin on January 1, 2013, if Congress does not take action to restore at least some of the Bush-era cuts.

And they’ll be substantial.

Not only will the tax cuts reach deep into the wallets of everyone who has a paycheck, but the fallout from the changes will have wide effects on the overall ecomomy too.

How the Fiscal Cliff Will Affect More Than the Rich

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United MileagePlus Explorer Card Review

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Do you fly United Airlines with any frequency?

Would you like special flying privileges on your United flights?  Would you like to earn free flights and more?

If you answered yes to any of the above then you need to look at the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card from Chase.

The United MileagePlus Explorer Card is considered an airline miles credit card.  What that means is the purchases you make earn you airline miles which can be redeemed for flights and more.  Airline miles cards are a great way to use your purchases to earn you free flights.

Here’s what the United MileagePlus Explorer Card offers you:

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Think Long Term When Shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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When you do your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping don’t just think of things for the upcoming holidays — think long-term!

Many sales are at their best on these days.  It may be worth it for you to take advantage now and buy items for events and purposes throughout the year.

Many a time has passed where I thought I’d see an item on sale again but it ended up not being as good as the Black Friday or Cyber Monday price.  Damn!  Missed out.

Of course for this to work you have to have money in your budget to buy extra now for the rest of the year.  It’s silly to put great deals on credit if you are going to end up paying credit card interest later on.

If you think out it and plan well, buying now can save you money, and time, for the upcoming year.

Here are some great occasions to shop for on Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

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How to Get FEMA Assistance

A lot of people in New York and New Jersey are only now becoming aware of the full extent of the damage brought on by Super Storm Sandy.

After nearly two weeks working just to get electric power on and gasoline for cars, the difficult job of rebuilding is about to begin.

There is help from various sources, first and foremost from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Relief Agency whose primary responsibility it is to be available to provide assistance in just such a disaster.  Many people are only remotely aware of what FEMA does, and if you live in the battered Middle Atlantic region, you’re now finding out first hand.

What is FEMA and how does it work?

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Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card | Review – Earn 50,000 Bonus Points

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Do you fly Southwest Airlines?

Do you want to earn free flights as well as hotel stays, gift cards and more including international flights?

Then read on for my Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card review and see if the card is good for you.

Let’s look at the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card:

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The Best Small Business Credit Cards

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Having a line of credit handy is extremely important for a small business.

Honestly, you never know what kind of expense may creep up that you can’t cover with your cash flow at the moment.  But it’s not easy or practical to get a business loan in a tight jam.  What to do?

Enter small business credit cards.

Not only do they provide credit, you can also find benefits such as cash back, rewards, flexible payment terms, separate tracking for business expenses, and more!

Is a business credit card always the best option for you?

No.  The CARD Act of 2009 put consumer protections in place for consumer cards but those protections aren’t mandatory for business cards.  Also, if your business expenses don’t justify a line of credit then you may be fine without a business card.  You may also find that you would be better off with a specific airlines miles card or travel rewards card that gives you better suited benefits than a card for your small business.

But if you are looking for a line of credit that’s separate from your personal cards or you are looking for a card that offers small business tools that will benefit you, like discounts or employee tracking, then a small business credit card can be a great choice.

Below are some of the best small business credit cards.  See which one best suits your business needs.

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What are Real Estate Closing Costs Made Up Of

Any time you buy or refinance a house there’s a litany of expenses that go with it.

There are many “hands” in the soup that is a real estate transaction, and each one of them demands some money to do what they do.

If you’ve ever wondered what those charges mean, here’s some inspiration…

What Real Estate Closing Costs are Made Up Of

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Here’s a not so well-kept secret: mortgage “lenders” aren’t direct lenders, but middlemen who arrange mortgages then sell them to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae.  In the process, there’s a fee for nearly everything they do.

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