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Do You Know What All Your Investments Are? – Personal Capital Review

It's tough keeping track of all of your money and investing accounts. There's your savings, checking, Roth IRA, Traditional IRA, 529 plans, investing accounts, 401(k) plans... it can go on and on.  If you're lucky some of those accounts are with the same company so you can see a few of your accounts in one place.  But odds are you're still going to need to jump around to get a complete picture … [Read More...]

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How to Put Away Savings (Just Like the Government Does With Your Money)

This post is part of the TaxACT How I Save blog tour which teaches you ways to keep more money in your pocket. Last year, TaxACT saved America over $240 million on tax preparation. How much can you save? To learn more about tips and strategies on saving, click here. I save my money just like the government does. You can too! Want to know […]

Setting SMART goals for your finances.

Your Guide to Setting SMART Goals For Your Finances and More

It’s that time of the year where people start fresh and make new goals, many of those are financial. But did you know that according to a 2007 survey by British psychologist Richard Wiseman, 88% of resolutions end in failure? We tend to try to do too much with little willpower to achieve our resolutions.  We need […]

Tips for tipping this holiday season

Your Guide – Tips for Holiday Tipping (and My Story Working for Tips)

This week, I’m reviewing all of the people who provide me with services, and figuring out how much to tip them.  The following are my tips for holiday tipping. At holiday time, it’s appropriate to tip service providers that you see on a regular basis.  And avoiding services in December in order to weasel out […]

What are your kids' gift expectations?

What Are Your Kids Gift Expectations?

I hear some people complain that they have to buy expensive things for their kids because it’s what they (the kids) expect. Some don’t know what they are going to do this holiday season as times are getting tight.   How are we going to get little Johnny the latest (insert expensive popular toy here)?!? […]

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Why getting a large tax refund is bad.

5 Reasons Getting a Large Tax Refund is Bad

The stress of doing your taxes is over. You filed all of your forms and to your joy you’re getting back a tax refund.  And it’s a nice sized one too! It’s awesome, right? Not so fast. Getting a lump sum payout after filing your taxes feels great.  But I’m going to show you that […]

What do property taxes pay for?

What Do Your Property Taxes Pay For?

How many times have you looked at your tax bill, threw your arms in the air, and yelled our “where is all this property tax money going, this is way too high?!?” Maybe I’m the wacky one, but I’ve done that.  (Actually, I would probably have an expletive or two in there.) The problem with that […]

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Ways to save on Valentine's Day

How to Save Money on Valentine’s Day and Still Have Fun – 23 Ways

Every year, it seems like we’ve just gotten over the Christmas expense when another big expense comes—that’s right—Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day has turned into a highly commercialized holiday. In fact, according to the History Channel, “the holiday brings in almost $14 billion annually” (History). But the history of Valentine’s Day is anything but romantic.  The […]

5 ways to use credit cards without getting into debt.

Five Ways to Use Credit Cards Without Getting Buried in Debt

Everyone knows the importance of using credit cards responsibly; the issue comes down to actually using them. How do you use your credit cards to your advantage without also over using them to the point where they become a problem? Let’s face it, credit cards are extremely user friendly! Everything about them tempts you to use […]

Instead of focusing on the process, focus on the end result.

Don’t Let Your Goals Fizzle Out! – 5 Reasons Goals Fail, and What You Can Do To Make Yours Succeed

It’s become a yearly ritual for many: Set ambitious goals for the New Year, tackle them enthusiastically for a few weeks, and then give up on them completely by March. This is a vicious cycle that encourages you to feel bad about yourself, and feel as though you’ll never get out of your rut. Whether […]

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Give a Smile to the Kids on Your List – Top Holiday Gifts Under $75 for Kids – 2014

The holiday shopping season is upon us.  Now is the time to find the perfect present for those special people on your list. While there are plenty of ideas for gifts under $25, we recognize that sometimes a $25 present isn’t going to cut it. For kids in your family, a gift of $75 or […]

Personal finance books for the holidays.

6 Personal Finance Books to Give for the Holidays (or Read Yourself)

It feels good to give, doesn’t it? But most of the things we tend to give to family and friends have a short-term effect.  They get a gift, consume it, and then it’s on to the next thing. That’s cool and all but would it be great to give a gift that could really impact […]