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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...]

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Shoeboxed Review

Shoeboxed Review – Organize Your Receipts for Tax Time and More

Whether you’re looking to do some cleaning, looking to go green or paperless, or just want to get a little more organized, Shoeboxed.com 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? […]

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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 […]

All About Taxes

TurboTax Online Tax Prep Review

TurboTax Online Review – What’s New for 2014 Return?

The nation’s most popular tax-preparation software continues to evolve and improve, providing even more reasons for the do-it-yourself tax preparer to select this product. TurboTax has made several changes in its program, both to improve its service, and also to adjust to changes in the tax code. Read on for our review of TurboTax and […]

Marginal vs effective tax rates

Marginal Tax Rate VS Effective Tax Rate – Why You Need to Know the Difference

Pop Quiz – What’s your effective tax rate for 2014? How about your marginal tax rate? Don’t worry if you’re not sure. Truth is most of us have no idea what either our marginal or effective income tax rates are. They only seem to matter at income tax filing time, usually appearing as supplemental numbers […]

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Alternative investments besides stocks and bonds.

6 Alternative Investments Besides Stocks and Bonds to Help You Achieve Financial Freedom

What do you think of when you think of investing? If you’re like me the thing that comes to mind are stocks. It’s the standard isn’t it? When you watch the news you hear about the Dow and the S&P 500. These are the stock indexes, or the ‘market’ you hear about. As you know […]

Income tax forms that report your income.

Tax Time: Are You Reporting Your Income? Different Tax Forms to Look For

For many, income reporting at tax time is fairly straightforward. You get a W-2, there’s your income.  The IRS gets a copy of the W-2, your state gets a copy, and you keep a copy for yourself.  Your income is reported on this form, and you don’t have to worry a great deal about other […]

H&R Block Online Tax Prep Review

H&R Block At Home™ Online Tax Prep Software – Review

With more then 55 years in business, H&R Block is one of the most recognized tax preparation companies. Their do-it-yourself tax preparation with their online software, is one of the easiest ways to get your taxes done fast and accurately. H&R Block online has a variety of support features and guarantees, making doing your taxes […]

Where to get tax forms.

Where Can I Get IRS Tax Forms (or Where Can I File Free)?

Remember when you used to get a package of small booklets in the mail at the beginning of the year?   They had those real thin pages, like newspaper and there would be official computer forms included. Well those packets, your IRS 1040 tax forms for the previous year, haven’t been mailed out since 2011. […]

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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! […]