Keep the mortgage for a tax deduction?

example of itemized-deductions on fed form 1040

Should I keep the mortgage for a tax deduction? What are the benefits of keeping a mortgage versus paying it off early? Many say that investing money rather than paying down a mortgage will achieve a greater return. That theory does make sense, but it could be argued that you could invest a LOT more…

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Route Recap

It has been two days since we returned the car and said goodbye.  Of course the memories are going to last a lifetime but I’m going to journal my feelings here today. First of all: Thanks I want to thank all of you who followed this trip across this great land of ours.  I know…

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Day 08: Bonus Day

The pinnacle moment of our trip came in Funk’s Grove, IL. The attraction that brought our attention to this little town was nothing more than a sign on the interstate: Funk’s Grove Pure Maple Sirup. (You will just have to visit them yourself to find out why syrup is spelled with an “I”, or see…

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Day 07: Bridges

It seemed like all we did today was drive through Missouri and pass over really cool bridges. Rainbow Bridge (see below), Devil’s Elbow, and a few others that I can’t remember. Timm was walking the Devil’s Elbow Bridge when a delivery truck came barreling down the path. You knew it was coming, you couldn’t help…

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Day 06: My Mechanical Problems (sort of)

This was probably the toughest day of the whole week. It wasn’t rain, heat, or even a mechanical problem, it was ME! I had drafted the plan on when and where we would go based upon the things we had heard or read about and the distance between points. Everything worked great on paper, but…

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