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TrueCar Review – Truth About Car Industry

The car industry is one of the few industries in the U.S. where haggling at the consumer level on common. When in other countries it’s common to haggle for pricing. That’s just business. But in the U.S., we’re...

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Some of the Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

A tax deduction reduces your taxable income by the amount of the deduction. So if you receive a $5,000 deduction, then your taxable income is reduced by $5,000. The tax savings is the product of the deduction and your marginal...

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Our Wedding Budget Recap

I finally married the love of my life in July and I’ve been wanting to do this wedding budget recap but I’ve been slacking. So finally, here it is. I first wrote about our runaway wedding budget back in our initial...

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Personal Balance Sheet – April 2013

April was a great month financially since we received most of the cash for selling my websites. That means we were able to pile a chunk of cash onto our various savings goals, which in turn, led me to look at houses more —...

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How Much House Can I Afford?

Home ownership is definitely something that’s in my long-term plan, but I haven’t quite figured out where it fits in. One important aspect of determine when I will buy a house, is determining how much house I can...

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Personal Balance Sheet – March 2013

March was a busy month. I sold a portion of my online business (nothing related to this website), which means I’ll be getting a chunk of money in April that will definitely help me reach my goals for the year. The stock...

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I’m Will, the creator of HackingTheBank. No, this site isn’t about actually hacking banks. This blog is all about maximizing personal finance decisions so that we win instead of the banks.

I started this blog in 2010 when I graduated college with $43k of student loans and a negative net worth. Since then I’ve achieved milestones like getting married, buying a house, and tripling my income. During this time my wife and I managed to earn over 12,000,000 miles and points and used those points to travel to over 50 countries. And all of these points came from banks; neither of us travel for work.