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Best of 2005

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Ahhh the clahhsic Best of 2005 post that you may or may not have been waiting for. Considering this blog was started on January 31st of this year, this really could be titled the Best Ever post and still be accurately titled. However, that is a bit presumptuous to say that what I consider the best is what you should consider the best but we’ll give it a shot anyway. Of the 433 posts written this year, here are the ones, categorized for your convenience, that I believe are worthy of re-reading:

Incredibly Detailed House Hunting Search

Financial Products:

  • Laddered CD/MMC Safe Invesment Plan
  • The Beauty of Mutual Funds
  • Vanguard Target Retirement Funds Explained
  • ETFs and Mutual Funds – Empowering Average Joe Trader
  • Emigrant Direct Account Opening Guide (and Review)
  • Introduction to I-Bonds and Treasury Direct
  • Taxes

  • Tax Relief 101 – Education Credits (Lifetime & Hope)
  • Tax Relief 101 – Deducting State Sales Tax (vs. State Income Tax)
  • Tax Relief 101 – Understanding Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Tax Relief 101 – Understanding Capital Gains and Losses
  • Tax Relief 101 – Retirement Savings Credit
  • Tax Breaks for Tree-Hugging Autos
  • Your Tax Return as a Subtle Financial Planner
  • Tax Advantaged Investing Strategies
  • Schnepper-Malagoli Charitable Tax Grab
  • Deducting Donations – IRS Tax Rules
  • Tax Credit for Energy Saving Home Improvements
  • Think About Your Tax Deductions
  • Retirement

  • 401k Front Loaded versus Incremental Contributions
  • IRAs Protected From Bankruptcy Creditors
  • 401(k) “Additional Company Match Contribution”
  • Retirement Planning: Rely Only On Yourself
  • New Retirement Option – Roth 401k Explained
  • Five Tips for your Retirement Account
  • Reviewing and Rebalancing Your Portfolio
  • Frugality:

  • Is a Hobby or Habit Hurting Your Savings?
  • Always Ask to have a Fee Refunded/Waived
  • How To Conserve Gas While Driving
  • Just Ask: 200 Cell Phone Minutes Free
  • Post Office Tips and Tricks
  • How To Buy Stamps Under Face Value
  • Understanding “Trimmables,” or, Purposeful Saving
  • Buying Auto Parts Yourself Saves On Repairs
  • Plan Meals And Save On Groceries
  • Jim Cramer-related:

  • Jim Cramer’s Mad Money
  • Jim Cramer’s 25 Rules of Investing (First Five Rules)
  • Jim Cramer’s Mad Money – Lightning Round Legit?
  • Jim Cramer’s 25 Rules of Investing (Rules 6 – 10)
  • Jim Cramer’s 25 Rules of Investing (Rules 11 – 15)
  • Jim Cramer’s 25 Rules of Investing (Rules 16 – 20)
  • Jim Cramer’s 25 Rules of Investing (Rules 21 – 25)
  • Free Jim Cramer’s Mad Money Recaps
  • Auto:

  • Purchasing a Used Car from a Dealership
  • Why Buy Your Tires at Costco
  • Guide to Buying a Car on Ebay
  • Car Insurance – Milestone at Age 25
  • Auto Insurance & The 25 Milestone
  • CarMax’s Friendly Buying Experience
  • SmartMoney Auto Insurance Tips
  • Nitrogen-Filled Tires & Better Gas Mileage?
  • Auto Insurance 25 Year Milestone Analysis Revised
  • Carnivals:

  • Carnival of Personal Finance #2
  • Carnival of Personal Finance #21
  • Carnival of Debt Reduction #7
  • Carnival of Debt Reduction #13
  • Festival of Frugality
  • Festival of Frugality #1
  • Personal Finance Blogger Spotlight Series:

  • Boston Gal’s Open Wallet
  • My Money Musings
  • Young and Broke
  • Sitting Pretty Financially
  • The Millionaire Blog
  • Health & Medical:

  • How Does A Flexible Spending Account Work?
  • Understanding COBRA Health Insurance
  • Finding Temporary Health/Medical Insurance
  • Ebay’s Health Insurance Plan
  • Others:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – It Saves Money
  • How Federal Funds Rate Affects You
  • Online Photo Developers Comparison
  • Is AAA Worth It?
  • Making Sense of Mail-Order DVD Services
  • PF Blogger’s Allowance Policies
  • Understanding Total Cost of Ownership
  • Costco’s Incredible Return Policy
  • Buying Counterfeit Merchandise
  • Don’t Save, Pay Off Debt!
  • Gift Card Consumer Protection Laws
  • My Past Jobs In College
  • Thanks for everything everyone!

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    4 Responses to “Best of 2005”

    1. Flexo says:

      Hey Jim,

      Congratulations on a successful year!

    2. FMF says:

      Glad you narrowed it down to only a few hundred. Now all I need is 15 hours of uninterrupted time to read all this stuff. ;-)

    3. Star Money Articles: Resolutions Abound

      As you all know, I’ve been posting my 2006 financial resolutions here Free Money Finance, but I’m not the only one doing that from around the blogosphere. Here are a few others you should check out: All Things Financial

    4. Weekly Roundup – 12/30/05
      Given all of the great personal finance stuff that’s being written these days, I thought I’d start publishing a list of the week’s best from some of my favorite sites. So here we go…
      FreeMoneyFinance has started a great series…


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