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ShareBuilder Review – Easy to Use and Low Commissions, Great For the New Investor

ShareBuilder isn’t the lowest cost investment platform around, but it’s the complete package for the individual investor. Is it one of the best platforms you can get?  That will depend on what’s important to you, and what features interest you most. Who is ShareBuilder? ShareBuilder is part of Capital One which is one of the largest financial institutions in the US.  Capital One started in … [Read More...]

Personal Finance


Don’t Ruin Your Finances! Watch Out for These 6 Behavioral Finance Mistakes

Behavioral finance is the study of how our behaviors affect our finances. In many ways, the way that we see the world, and our reactions to what is happening around us, define our finances. We might not even realize how our biases affect our finances. The first step to overcoming biases in your life, especially […]


Five Ways Fantasy Baseball is Like Personal Finance

I had my draft for my fantasy baseball league I’m in last week. I’ve been in the league with these particular guys now for over ten years. It’s not a money league, but we’re real competitive nonetheless (we’ve been playing against each other for over a decade now). I gotta say I’m stoked! Real baseball […]

Can you hide your money from the IRS?

Don’t Let Them Get Your Money! Where to Hide Money from Lawsuits, Creditors, and the IRS

Are you worried that someone might be coming for your money? Whether it’s a potential lawsuit, or even if it’s the IRS or a creditor, you probably want to protect your assets. If you want to protect your assets, you need to know where to hide your money, and know how to properly structure certain […]

All About Investing

Why you absolutely must pay attention to investing fees!

Why You Absolutely Must Pay Attention to Investing Fees

It doesn’t seem like much. A 2% management fee for a managed fund. A $9.95 transaction fee when you make a stock trade. There is no getting around fees in the investing world. You’re going to pay them at some point. However, you can reduce what you pay in fees — and you should. You […]


Taxes on Investments: Are You Paying Too Much?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of E*TRADE for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. There are three main realities that will erode your real returns on investments: inflation, fees, and taxes.  There isn’t much you can do about inflation, other than to plan ahead, but you can reduce your fees […]

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How to save on Halloween costumes for the kids.

Read These 12 Tips and Save on Halloween Costumes for Your Kids

Halloween is great fun!  I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite holidays. Here’s the one holiday where you are allowed to dress up and go around asking people for candy.  And they give it to you! I remember how exciting it was going around town in my Halloween costume, getting candy from all […]

How to save money on college textbooks

10 Tricks to Get Cheaper Textbooks (Because Tuition is Expensive Enough!)

When I went back to school some years ago I expected tuition to be higher, and it was.   That wasn’t a shock though.  I know that tuition goes up every year and how expensive it is.  I was prepared for that. Know what shocked me?  I was shocked at how expensive textbooks had become! […]

Where's my tax refund?

Where’s My Tax Refund? How to Check the Status of Your Tax Refund

When you are expecting a tax refund, it is normal to file a little bit early. The very next thing you say once you file is “where’s my refund?”  We can’t wait to get that money owed to us. Indeed, many people have already received their tax refunds. When you get refunded depends on two […]

Why isn't my house selling?

This is Why Your House Isn’t Selling – Here’s How to Finally Get Your House Sold

You’ve had your house on the market for a while now and you’re asking yourself “why isn’t my house selling?” People sniff around but no one is biting.  What’s going on?!? Yes, the market may have a lot to do with it but houses do sell so there’s probably more than the market at play […]

7 frugal Mother's Day ideas

Don’t Go Broke Celebrating Mother’s Day – 7 Frugal Ideas

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching!  It’s easily a day you can go crazy taking care of the moms in your life.  And by going crazy I mean spending gobs of cash. It’s hard enough trying to figure out what mothers want for Mother’s Day.  Paying for it gets even trickier. That’s not good. But there are […]

Tax day deals and freebies

Free Tax Day Snacks, Giveaways and Deals 2015

You got all your forms and receipts together to tackle your taxes. Did you file everything yet in or are you still procrastinating? If you are really one of those last minute folks then you better make sure your return is in either electronically by day’s end or post-marked by the end of the day on April […]