Diamonds in the Rough Roundup 2/28/14 - The Broke Professional

Diamonds in the Rough Roundup 2/28/14

Some great articles for the last week of the month:

-Why You Should Really Do Your Own Taxes by Financial Samurai:  This year was my first doing my taxes on my own.  And I’m already looking forward to next year.  A really smooth and educational process.

-Americans Spend Nearly 50% of Their Income on These Two Things by Ready For Zero:  Not surprising on finding out what these two things are.

-Finance is a game of inches by Retire Happy:  I love sports analogies.  Non sports fans are missing out on these great analogies.  This article is spot on in showing how just like in sports, it’s the little things that matter in personal finance as well.

-Simple Things You Can Cut Out of Your Budget Now by Fitnancials:  It’s always a good idea to revisit your regular expenses and see if you can get them lower.  Then, use that savings to pay off debt or increase your investment/savings accounts.  This post has a good list of the most common things that can be reduced with just a phone call or two.

-5 Essentials For Paying Student Loans by Frugaling.org:  Even though the student loan interest rate deduction got me a few hundred back on my tax return, it’s still not worth having thousands of dollars in student loans.  Sam has some crucial tips on staying strong in the fight against student loans.

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