Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

Frugal feast: your Thanksgiving meal on a budget

Thanksgiving is a time to bring people together, reminisce about the old days, eat good food and make new memories. But let’s face it: if you’re the holiday host, life isn’t quite that simple. Even if you’re the hostess with the mostest, it can be a challenge to throw a feast for your nearest and […]

CFPB’s “Know Before You Owe”: a financial ‘syllabus’ for student loans (part 2)

Student loans are one of the top three common sources of debt for many Americans. In fact, NPR reports Americans have about $1.3 trillion in student loan debt alone. That’s a scary figure! The reality of the debt situation is troubling for a number of reasons. Chief among them? The fact that many of those borrowers […]

New loan resource: the CFPB’s “Know Before You Owe” program (part 1)

The term “predatory lender” refers to a loan provider who approves loans for those who aren’t likely to be able to pay them back. The term became popularized during the 2008 financial crisis, when many lenders were found to have approved mortgages with little regard for the borrower’s situation. But, what if the “prey” were given […]

The keys to home ownership when you’re self-employed

People who choose to work for themselves tend to like a certain amount of independence. It takes a lot of gumption to cut ties with the traditional 9-5, and the kind of person willing to take that leap is usually in search of an independent lifestyle. But, it’s hard to be truly independent when you’re chained to […]

Tax facts for members of the Sharing Economy, including Uber and Lyft drivers

The business of sharing your car with a total stranger or using it to run various errands is becoming a multi-billion dollar marketplace and many people are taking advantage of this new-age way to earn a buck. In fact, between 2012 and 2015, 10.3 million people made money through platforms such as Uber, Lyft and […]

Cheap Summer Activities for Adults and Families

Summer is the season of doing. Household projects, vacations, exercise and all varieties of entertainment tend to take center stage from June to August. But, how do you pay for it all? Short of taking out a loan, you may need to cut some expenses in order to give you and your family a summer […]