Is there a way to spend your tax return wisely and take a much-needed summer vacation? If you’re among the 75 percent of taxpayers who got a refund from the IRS this year, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that putting some of that cash toward a life experience that’s personally rewarding and memorable […]
Archives for June 2014
Everyone has an opinion about money and how it should be spent. Ever hear that you should avoid debt at all costs? Or that home ownership should be your ultimate financial goal? Well, those are common beliefs, but they aren’t necessarily true for everyone. Here, we look at five all too common money myths.
The mortarboards have been flung, tassels are hanging from rearview mirrors and a new group of college graduates are staying up until 3 a.m. submitting their resumes to every job opening they can find on the worldwide web. It isn’t just the angst of entering the workforce and desperately seeking employment that keeps young millennials […]
Are you among the millions of Americans who piece together a living by freelancing, contracting, or running side hustles? The so-called “gig economy” has shed light on a growing class of workers who don’t collect a steady, guaranteed paycheck from a single employer. Perhaps they run an Etsy shop while bartending on weekends. They might […]
As a new crop of college graduates enter the real world following graduation season, many of them will be new to renting apartments and paying their own credit card bills for the first time. In reflecting on the months following my own graduation and entrance into the working world, here’s what I’d tell my younger […]
Did you know having a good credit score can save you thousands of dollars? Credit scores (or Fair Isaac Credit Score) follow you from job to job and don’t just determine the interest rate you pay on your auto or mortgage loan. Your credit score also can contribute to whether you are promoted in your […]
You probably know already that you can negotiate the price of a car or house, but did you realize that smaller items might be negotiable, too? Here’s a look at five expenses you didn’t know were negotiable, along with strategies for haggling in each category.
What’s the best way to start handling finances as one household? Fifty years ago, merging finances may have seemed simpler. Most people got married younger, chances were higher that only one spouse worked, and divorce was less common. Now, when you become a couple, you’re more likely to work and have your own incomes. You […]
Last year, my boyfriend and I celebrated Christmas with tickets to see the Broadway musical “Wicked.” Caught up in the splendor of the holidays in New York City, we decided to indulge in some horrifically overpriced theater cocktails. As the bartender began pouring my boyfriend’s gin and tonic, he asked “Just one shot or would […]