Personal Finance is a catch-all for anything that falls under the umbrella of taking care of your money. A lot of people think of their personal finances as some "other" thing they don't always have to pay attention to. I think it's integral to your life and health.

Take a look at the articles below and get your personal finances in shape.

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 if they are psychological, is to acknowledge them.  You need to be aware of what is holding you back.

Once you recognize the reasons for your difficulties, it will be easier to address them — and to come out ahead with your finances.

Here are 6 behavioral finance mistakes that might be holding you back:

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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 starts soon (go Mets!!) and I love following baseball alongside my fantasy league.

As I was going through all of my work for the draft I realized that fantasy baseball is a lot like personal finance. We could probably learn a thing or two about personal finance from fantasy baseball.

Without further ado here are five ways fantasy baseball is like personal finance:

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

Can you hide your money from 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 accounts in order to avoid having someone drain your financial well dry.

Here are some places that you can hide your money:

Retirement Account

One of the best places to hide your money is an ERISA-qualified retirement plan.

Not only can you keep some of your money safe, but you can also earn a tax-advantaged return on the money.  The money in your retirement account is protected from liability lawsuits.  Additionally, your retirement account might have some protection from bankruptcy and creditors (not always, though).
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Shoeboxed Review – Organize Your Receipts for Tax Time and More

Shoeboxed Review

Whether you’re looking to do some cleaning, looking to go green or paperless, or just want to get a little more organized, can help you.

Imagine this…

You’re getting ready to finally do your taxes. Besides all the tax forms you need you also have to put together your receipts. But where are they?

If you’re like most people they are piled up someplace, like a shoebox, waiting to be organized. Or they are spread out all over the place and you hope you can find each and every receipt.

Not fun.

Shoeboxed offers a service where you can send in your papers/receipts that you want a digital copy of, they’ll extract the data for you, and it’s all available in your own account.

They also allow you to scan in receipts yourself so you have one place to keep everything.

Read on in our review and you’ll see what Shoeboxed is all about and how it can help keep you organized for tax time and more!

And make sure you look for the special offer I worked out with Shoeboxed for Free From Broke readers!!

How Shoeboxed Works

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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 how?

Read on an you’ll see how you can put money aside just like the government. It’s a super simple way to get your savings growing and what’s great is it requires very little effort on your part.

This is a technique I’ve been using for years to keep money flowing into my savings account. Are you ready to find out the method?

How to Put Away Savings Like the Government

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Your Guide to Setting SMART Goals For Your Finances and More

Setting SMART goals for your finances.

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 systems to help us along.

SMART Goals is one such system.

One way we can help ourselves to success in our resolutions and goals is to make them S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

The following guide will walk you through SMART goals so you’re not one of those whose goals fizzle out by March (if not much earlier).

Everything You Need to Know About S.M.A.R.T. Goals

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

Tips for tipping this holiday season

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 of tipping someone who provides you with services throughout the year is frowned upon.

Read on and see my story on working for tips and who I think you should give a little extra to for the holidays.

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