10 ways you're passing up free money

Inertia can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars each year. Here are 10 low-effort, money-saving moves that many people don't take advantage of -- but should.

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Feb 24, 2014 11:21PM
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Give a man a fish and he eats for a day.
Give a man a welfare check, free cellphone, foodstamps and section 8 housing and he'll vote Democratic all his life!
Feb 24, 2014 10:19PM
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I love the examples they give a2.4 million dollar house here, a couple making $150,000 there. How about something a little more realistic to the real Americans.
Feb 24, 2014 11:04PM
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Well...the Ukraine won't be passing up free money from the U.S.   Our president has offered to help the Ukraine out with their money problems....LMAO....who's going to help us out with our money problems?
Feb 25, 2014 9:34AM
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You can always live like some of the lowlife trash in this country by making babies you have no means of supporting, so you can get free food, housing, and medical care. For some, this is the american dream.


Personally, I have too much self-respect to live this kind of lifestyle.

Feb 25, 2014 9:38AM
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Our government is trillions of dollars in debt and we are giving Ukraine money? Would any other country do that for us if we were bankrupt? I'm curious to know what China is contributing. Oh wait, they are friends with Russia.
Feb 24, 2014 10:13PM
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You almost need money to save money, for that to happen you have got to wait for Obama to leave office..... this message is primarily for those who voted him in office and now don't have a job.
Feb 25, 2014 8:22AM
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Just a continuation of the list of things to avoid paying taxes and more ways the tax code is used by politicians to protect their voting blocks.  Taxes are no longer about the revenue needed to run the country based on the requirements of the Constitution they are about payoffs by politicians to keep their dependent voters addicted to the government teat. 

 

Taxes should be used to run the country and provide services that are not available within the private sector not redistribute wealth, provide services best provided through charity, or buy votes. 

 

Taxes should be equal for every US citizen and the services provided should be available to every US citizen equally.  Not "fairly", not "justily", but equally.  Equal per head, per dollar amount.  That is the only way to eliminate the games that politicians can use to curry favor with their voters and discriminate among individual US citizens.

 

After that most of these ways to keep more of your money are no longer applicable, nor are the complexities within the tax code and the armies of lawyers and accountants necessary to interpret them or the majority of the IRS used to enforce the tax collection process and intimidate voters. 

Feb 25, 2014 11:44AM
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Wouldn't it be nice if we could make sound financial decisions without having to consider the tax impact on everything first?
Feb 25, 2014 10:50AM
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"Free Money"

 

Only a Dumbocrap would believe in "Free Money"

 

It comes from somewhere you rats!

Feb 25, 2014 9:59AM
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I come to US illegally ...no buy insurance, no pay taxes, get free medical care and education and nice big refund check from IRS

 

...next year I bring all my relatives - we have party and celebrate!!

 

Thank you for your support, my friends

Mar 3, 2014 7:20PM
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BulletBob22 you stated it perfectly.   And we now understand that half the people in America pay for all the goodies the other half has.   That deadbeat half has discovered that it's better to sit around on their asses and live off the other half.   The socialist agenda by way of the liberal left is creating more and more problems for this nation.  It's high time we cut out some of the freebees and let the entitlement

folks learn to get by on less.  NO, they don't need flat screen TV's with all the entertainment package,

cell phones with all the package, luxury cars,  $250 sneakers and designer clothes, makeup, hairdos and tattoos just to name a few.   "Poor" people today have more luxuries than middle income people had a half century ago.  Politicians of the Left have discovered they can throw out more trinkets and get voted back in every time.   Promoting the general welfare is not the goal of politicians on the Left.

Like the late Ted Kennedy all they want is to be voted back into office; they care not a twit about the people they are suppose to be serving. 

Feb 25, 2014 9:31AM
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You don't have to tell Obamas 47% not to pass. on living off the rest of us do you.
Mar 2, 2014 5:16PM
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THE Story of the REAL TAKERS.. and Republican deniers !
Percentage of people getting some sort of government assistance.. ie tax dollars to help support them and their families!
# 1 Mississippi: 21.6% 
# 2 Louisiana: 19.4% 
# 3 New Mexico: 19.3% 
# 4 District of Columbia: 18.9% 
= 5 Arkansas: 17.9% 
= 5 West Virginia: 17.9% 
# 7 Kentucky: 17.4% 
# 8 Texas: 16.6% 
# 9 Alabama: 16.1% 
# 10 South Carolina: 15.7% 
# 11 Oklahoma: 15.3% 
# 12 North Carolina: 15.2% 
# 13 Georgia: 14.8% 
= 14 Tennessee: 14.5% 
= 14 Idaho: 14.5% 
= 16 Montana: 14.2% 
= 16 Arizona: 14.2%
That is the real story of the TAKERS ! Vastly REPUBLICAN based states!


Feb 25, 2014 10:04AM
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You never have enough MONEY ,so face the fact and do the best you can. Good Days
Feb 25, 2014 12:24AM
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   After voting democrat there is more things to do for free stuff?
Feb 24, 2014 8:45PM
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Well a whole bunch of welfare junkies tried to read this, but seeing how most of them can't read (anything except free money) the pictures did no good.  I hope you drowned in your own tears.

Feb 25, 2014 10:04AM
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it doesent matter how much money you have it's how happy you are that really counts

and what exactly do we want   i have no idea

Feb 25, 2014 1:00PM
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Hey Marine 1775: I wore that uniform starting Christmas Day 1950 at PI. Fortunately I studied history, which apparently you did not. View the BBC video of Pearl Harbor, and you will see that FDR wanted that war. How about JFK sending 50K advisers to Nam. ?  Bohunkbro.
Feb 25, 2014 10:05AM
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The Olympics are over now; Ukraine stories will pass now that NBC isn't there locally to report about them. Gonna get me one of them Mexi gals and get her on the system and help my cash flow. Thanks Demos.
Mar 3, 2014 10:49PM
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How about having only the contributing citizens (i.e. those not collecting from the government and paying in) be the only ones eligible to vote? 
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