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About Ellie Kay

Ellie Kay is a regular expert on national television with ABC NEWS NOW’s Money Matters and Good Money shows. She is also a national radio commentator, a frequent media guest on Fox News, and CNBC, a popular international speaker, and the best-selling author of fourteen books including her newest release, The Sixty Minute Money Workout (Waterbrook, 2010). For money savings links visit Ellie's blog.

7 Ways to Stretch Your Holiday Dollars during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping Strategies - TaxACT Blog

Stores are making a big push to get bargain hunters to come in during the entire holiday season—beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With the rush to grab shoppers with new sites and apps, it’s easier than ever to save money. But there is a downside, and that is trying to keep your wits about […]

Something You Need, But Hope to Never Use

Something You Need, But Hope to Never Use; Life Insurance - TaxACT

What is it that you really need, but you hope to never use? It’s life insurance, of course. September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month and it’s a good time to discuss this important tool in our financial first aid kit. We want our family to be provided for in the event of a tragedy, […]

What Babies Really Cost and How to Set a Budget

What Babies Really Cost and How to Set a Budget - TaxACT

When my husband and I first got married, we had an instant family of four with his two daughters as my “bonus” babies! Then we added five more children in the first seven years of marriage. So I know a thing or two about economizing when it comes to baby. Most military families are very […]

Improve Your Credit Score and Save More in 3 Easy Steps

Improve Your Credit Score and Save More in 3 Easy Steps

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 […]

CEO Mom: What a Mom’s Time is Really Worth

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Do you consider yourself a working mom? When I married my husband we had five babies in seven years and moved 11 times in 13 years. I left a nice job as a broker to have a more rewarding career as a SAHM (stay at home mom). One of the questions that I frequently heard […]

The Debt Diet: Practical Ways to Reduce Spending

The Debt Diet: Practical Ways to Reduce Spending - TaxACT

Do you need to go on a debt diet? My last son weighed almost eleven pounds and I gained an astonishing fifty pounds while expecting him. When I asked the doctor how to lose that baby fat, his answer was pretty simple: diet and exercise. Maybe it was simple for him, but it didn’t sound […]

10 Easy Tips to Save Big and Simplify Your Holiday Shopping

10 Easy Tips to Save Big and Simplify Your Holidays - TaxACT

How would you like to simplify your holiday shopping and be free of additional debt? The average family will create enough credit card debt during the holidays that it will take until the following May to pay off the bills! Tweet This There is a less-expensive way for families to survive. Here are some easy tips […]

Generous Gift Buying Guide for a Budget

Generous Gift Buying Guide for a Budget - TaxACT

How can I buy all the gifts I need to give and still stay on a budget? Ever since I was a child, I was a born giver. My mom used to scold me because I gave away my doll to a neighbor girl. “Why did you do that, Ellie?” my mom would say as […]

Should You Be Using Cash or Credit?

Should You Be Using Cash or Credit - TaxACT

Should I use cash or credit? This is a question that many consumers are asking because of the current economic uncertainty in our nation. In fact, revolving credit—largely made up of credit card debt—fell by nearly 20% last year according to the Federal Reserve. Credit card usage is definitely slowing due to less borrowing by […]

Affordable Care Act: 4 Ways to Get Health Insurance and Picking the Right One

Affordable Care Act 4 Ways to Get Health Insurance and Picking the Right One - TaxACT

What is the one thing you want to own, but hope you never use? That would be health insurance! In fact, the average three-day hospital stay costs $30,000, which would completely wipe out most families’ savings accounts and/or children’s college funds. Buying health insurance is an important way to protect you and your family in […]

Who Else Wants to Save Money on Insurance?

Who Else Wants to Save Money on Insurance?

How can you save money on insurance in the next 30 days? We were moving with five kids 7 and under and Bob went onto the base to fill out the out-processing paperwork. I went to a friend’s house to do laundry since our household goods were already en route. My friend gave me the […]

The Secret of Teaching Financial Literacy to Kids

The Secret of Teaching Financial Literacy to Kids - TaxACT

Do you want to raise a million dollar kid? Do you currently teach financial literacy to your kids? I had to bake six dozen cookies for the annual Airman Cookie Drive and at the time, my youngest two, Jonathan and Joshua were toddlers. I decided to let them “help” me so I put on their […]

8 Tips for Saving Money on Back to School Items

Back to School Basics: 9 Tips for Saving Money on Back to School Items - TaxACT

I love my kids. I love my kids. That’s the mantra I keep repeating around August 1st every year after spending the summer with a bunch of “Type A” personality children. The newspapers are filled with Back to School ads and once again, I have hope. There won’t be a constant stream of “I’m bored” […]