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Blogger Roundup: The Neighborhood Blogosphere

A recap of posts from our diverse pool of neighborhood bloggers.

The Sachem community has no shortage of opinions, and our guest bloggers on Patch regularly contribute to the vibrant conversations that take place in the barber shop, on the street corner or in the parking lot after a school meeting. Patch brings those conversations into one meetinghouse. Here's a roundup of the latest blogs in our community.

Cindi Sansone-Braff weighs in this week with an interesting blog about the often repeated cycle of conducting our lives and relationships in similar fashion to how our parents conducted theirs. It's one thing to repeat the genuine and loving relationship you might have witnessed from your folks as a child, but why do we so often also repeat the terrible marriage our parents might have had? Braff considers some ideas on how this cycle develops, and how, like all cycles, it can be broken.

How to Motivate Yourself to Pay Off Debt in 2013

As we all may experience, it's never easy cutting back on our spending. Denying yourself that extra item at the store, or cutting out Friday night dinners at the restaurant, it's hard to break old habits. Leslie Tayne offers from great suggestions on how to get motivated to save money, budget your income, and pay down that debt that's been hanging around for too long. In a lot of cases, just finding the motivation and pleasure to change habits is needed to get on the right track. Read Tayne's blog for some interesting ideas to get going.

IRS Plans Jan. 30 Tax Season Opening For 1040 Filers

Tax guru Dianne Besunder unravels some of the latest changes made by Congress for this year's tax season. With all the wrangling, and voting, and the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), it can get confusing about when you should or shouldn't file your returns. Besunder lays it out in simple terms, highlighting the deadlines and start times for people in differing tax circumstances. Are you a person that likes to file for that return ASAP? Click on the link and find out the earliest date you can do so.

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