Many people set resolutions to get their finances in order with the new year. It’s a worthy goal, but it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve identified four ways to tidy up your money in 2017. As long as you save before you spend, the process is simpler than you think! Beneath… Continue reading 4 Financial Goals for the New Year
At some point, this has topped all of our lists as a New Year’s Resolution. Come January 1st, we have money on the brain. After all, we’d just spend a lot of it on Christmas gifts, dusting off the credit cards, or just adding to a mountain of debt. Tax season is about to be… Continue reading How to “Keep” Your Resolution to Save Money
The holiday season has finally come to an end. As you prepare to put away your Christmas decorations and take down that ornament filled evergreen tree consider the best ways to prepare for the new year. You’ve probably already written your New Year’s resolutions and put a plan in place to meet your goals, but… Continue reading Six Tips to Help Pay Off Your Holiday Debt
We’re in the throes of shopping season and if you’re like me, the anxiety is setting in. THERE IS NO MORE MONEY TO GO AROUND! Here’s how to manage your temporary financial crisis. What to do now: If you find that you cannot avoid using a credit card this month (and who can), try making extra,… Continue reading Managing Your Holiday Finances
When you go out shopping, chances are you are going to buy most of the items you had intended as well as extra goods that you had not planned for. These extras will often leap into your cart and can cause a strain on your finances. Having a prepared list is more beneficial because it… Continue reading Is It Okay to Wander When Shopping or Should You Have a Prepared List?
Being part of a large family means there is a lot of love and fun to spread around. It also means you have to be able to budget when you’re shopping for a large family. There are many ways that we can get all the great things we all want and need without going broke.… Continue reading Budget Tips When Shopping for A Large Family
What You Can Do Now If you find that you cannot avoid using a credit card this month (and who can), try making extra, smaller payments on your card. For example, if you put $200 on your credit card, try increasing your payment this month by about half that. You won’t feel it as hard when… Continue reading Managing Your Holiday Debt Now
January is the month when everyone is resolving to save money. The problem? Holiday bills set you back. Far back. Before letting your bills pile up during the holiday season, follow these easy tips to avoid holiday debt. 1. Make your list and check it twice….now. One of the reasons we overspend during the holidays… Continue reading Getting Ahead of Your 2016 Holiday Debt
The fall months are typically when people get in trouble financially, mostly due to holiday spending. Maxing out credit cards and spending the rest of the year playing catch-up is not a fun cycle to repeat annually. You can make some changes to your daily habits and money monitoring practices to boost your finances a… Continue reading 5 Ways to Give Your Finances a Boost This Fall
Feel like your teenager is making all the major decisions around your back-to-school budget? You’re not alone. Perhaps contributing to this new trend is the old fact that peer pressure and branding have palpable effects on the everyday life of children in this age range combined with the new fact that fast-moving technology is increasingly… Continue reading How to Keep Your Teen’s Back-to-School Budget in Check
It’s summer! Put your kids to work by getting them to chores around the house and give them an allowance to begin a conversation about money. Experts say that children should be “earning” money, not just getting an allowance. The three piggy bank method This is an amazing way to teach your child to save–it… Continue reading Teaching Your Kids to Save the Right Way
Does looking at the balance in your bank account make you cringe? Do you want to be more frugal, but just can’t figure out how people do it between the hustle and bustle of daily life? With a little front end work, you can get better with money. Here are some tips to get you… Continue reading How to Be Better With Money
As the weather warms up, you’re likely getting out more. As you’re getting out more, you’re likely spending more money. It’s like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, except this story has the potential to end with overspending, a closet full of shoes you don’t necessarily need, and a pile of receipts leftover from… Continue reading The Two Best Ways to Payoff Debt
April 18th is getting closer and closer. The tax filing deadline is now less than two weeks away. That should be stressing you out if you haven’t filed yet. It’s time to get your taxes together so you don’t face penalties and possible interest on what you owe the government. What happens if I file… Continue reading What Happens if I File My Taxes Late?
Did you know that you can get free assistance filing your taxes? There are tons of programs out there to help even middle income families get certified assistance when they file their returns, and depending on your situation, you may be able to get free help regardless of your income level. Free In-Person Tax Assistance… Continue reading File Your Taxes for Free
Tax season is in full swing! If you haven’t filed yet, you’ll want to get on that. The deadline of April 18th, 2016 will be here before you know it. Today we’re going to be exploring the realm of taxes for a group of people for whom the season is particularly complicated: the self-employed. They… Continue reading Tax Deductions for the Self-Employed
Well, folks, we’re two months into 2016. Remember those resolutions and goals we set on January 1st? If you’re like 66% of Americans, you ditched them before February even rolled around. Don’t give up. Inspiration can come any time of year, and just because you had an off month, it doesn’t mean you can’t pursue… Continue reading Hop Back on Track With Your New Year’s Resolutions
By now your company should have given you all the necessary tax information to file your taxes. And we’re here to remind you that it’s TIME! There are so many options for filing your taxes. You can: Hire an accountant. This can cost you $200 for relatively simple taxes and upwards to $800 if you… Continue reading Are You Ready to Submit Your Taxes?
There’s no doubt about it: kids cost a lot of money. From the time they emerge from the womb, there are hospital bills, diapers, and feeding gear to pay for. As they get a little older, the costs morph into clothing that gets grown out of all too quickly, extracurricular activities, and tech gadgets that… Continue reading How Your Kids Can Save You Money on Your Taxes
Believe it or not, even though 2015 has come and gone, it’s not too late to allocate your money in ways that will reduce your tax burden for the 2015 tax year. One way to reduce your tax burden is by claiming the Saver’s Credit, which reduces your tax liability, or how much you owe… Continue reading Have You Maxed Out the Saver’s Credit for Your 2015 Taxes? It’s Not Too Late!