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Save big on your tax refund this year
Tax Refund: 5 Good vs. Better Ways to Use It
If you're receiving a tax refund this year, we have some suggestions on how you can use your refund to advance your financial outlook instead of wasting it.
Don't be a financial fool today or any other day
Don’t Be a Financial Fool
A financial fool spends more than they need to, uses up assets for the wrong reasons and ends up making debt problems worse with bad solutions.
Financial Reasons to Delete Your Facebook Account

By Danielle Warchol For many, Facebook has become the go to website to keep up with friends and family. It has also become much more to a lot of people who spend more and more of their time there. The fact is that for many, Facebook is more of a financial detriment than it is […]

Are you fighting with a financial bully?
9 Signs Your Spouse is a Financial Bully
If you're in one of these situations, it could be a sign you're in a relationship with a financial bully. We offer seven tips to even the playing field.
DIY Thursdays: Easy Do-It-Yourself Projects That Boost the Value of Your Home

With Spring in the air, it’s no better time that now to take care of those small home improvement projects that you have been putting off during those cold winter months. You can start by initiating a little spring cleaning to get rid of those things that you don’t need or use any longer. Once […]

How to Overcome Excuses in 2014

By Dan Waldschmidt Great people throughout history often fail, quite miserably, before finally reaching their goals, says international business strategist Dan Waldschmidt. “Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime; Winston Churchill lost every public election until becoming prime minister at age 62; Henry Ford went bankrupt five times; Albert Einstein was a terrible […]

6 Overlooked Tax Breaks for Individuals

Confused about which credits and deductions you can claim on your 2013 tax return? You’re not alone. Here are six tax breaks that you won’t want to overlook. 1. State Sales and Income Taxes Thanks to the fiscal cliff deal last January, the sales tax deduction, which originally expired at the end of 2011, was […]

7 Common Small Business Tax Misperceptions

One of the biggest hurdles you’ll face in running your own business is staying on top of your numerous obligations to federal, state, and local tax agencies. Tax codes seem to be in a constant state of flux making the Internal Revenue Code barely understandable to most people. The old legal saying that “ignorance of […]

DIY Thursdays: Spring-inspired recipes are in the Air

Today is the first day of spring and what better way to celebrate than with an assortment of spring inspired recipes Cayuse Cherry Bomb This drink was created by a master of classic cocktails, Jim German. Ingredients • 1 peeled orange section • Ice • 1 1/2 ounces of gun • 1 ounce of cherry […]

Is It Worth the Money to Get a Flu Shot?

By Jeffrey Strain The flu season only has a few more weeks left, and some people may be wondering whether or not this late in the season it still makes sense to get a flu shot. Health officials in the US are urging anyone who still hasn’t gotten a flu shot to go out and […]

BBB Tips: Keeping Kids Safe Online

The average child spends 2-7½ hours online every day. That’s a good chunk of time. BBB Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) is available to help parents control what gets advertised to their child while they watch television, listen to the radio and surf the Web. Since 1947, CARU has promoted responsible children’s advertising by managing […]

Don’t Worry, Fly Happy: How to Cut Your Travel Costs

Booking a flight for your next vacation can feel daunting. But with enough foresight you can simplify the process and reduce your airfare cost considerably. Get this tedious chore over with ASAP and start thinking about what really matters, like whether you prefer to be sipping pina coladas in Hawaii or backpacking across Europe. Do […]

DIY Thursdays: St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for You and the Entire Family

St. Patrick’s Day is more than just drinking green beer and wearing green clothes. It is a time where families take a moment to step away from their every day, fast-paced lifestyle and spend quality family time together. Here are some fun crafts that parents can do with their children to teach them about St. […]

Putting Off Working On Your Tax Return May Cost You, Financial Planner Warns

By Jeff Gorton, CPA, CFP Nearly 150 million Americans will file federal income tax returns this year and, unfortunately, many will be shelling out much more of their hard-earned money than necessary, says veteran financial expert Jeff Gorton. “With the ridiculous complexity of our tax code, I can understand how the average person might want […]

Should Athletes Pay Taxes on Olympic Medal Bonus Money?

By S. Shugars I read the article where Olympic athletes who win medals at the Sochi winter games will have to pay taxes on the money. Almost every person I’ve talked to about this says that it’s wrong, and that they should be able to get this money tax free. Although I know this is […]

Which travel card perk is the most popular?

By Tony Mecia Free checked bags are the top travel benefit offered by credit cards, according to a random telephone poll of 1,005 consumers commissioned by CreditCards.com. The poll, conducted by GfK Roper Jan. 24-26, asked consumers which credit-card travel benefit respondents found most valuable. Twenty-two percent selected free checked baggage, beating out rental-car insurance […]

DIY Thursday: Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party on Any Budget

St. Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century commemorating St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland while celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish. Every March 17th we wear green attire, display shamrocks while attending local parades, festivals, and parties. If you are one of […]

4 Retirement Survival Tips for a Volatile Stock Market

By Haitham “Hutch” Ashoo and Chris Snyder More and more Americans – 28 percent in 2013 — say they’re not at all confident they’ll have a comfortable retirement, according to an annual survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Even the wealthiest among us have concerns; 38 percent of U.S. multi-millionaires are not “very confident” […]

Money saving strategies for single parents
Money-Saving Strategies for Single Moms & Dads
Single parents often struggle to make ends meet with only one income to support the household. These money saving strategies can improve your budget.
7 Ways to Automate Your Savings

Anybody who has ditched plans to eat a salad to scarf down a plate of nachos instead (like I did, um, yesterday) can tell you that even though we humans usually know what’s best for us, it’s sometimes difficult to actually do the right thing. This is especially true when it comes to saving money […]