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Personal finance tips, hacks and strategies from experts who have "been there". Keep more money in your pocket using these helpful resources you can actually implement.

Travel Hack Your Summer Vacation to Save Money

The term travel hacking sounds shameful at worst and like a scam at best, but travel hacking is simply taking advantage of the sign-on bonuses credit card companies offer in order to subsidize the cost of a trip. The risk, of course, is finding yourself overspending and creating credit card debt.

How to Start a Side Hustle and Stop Stressing about Saving

Pay yourself first. Set financial goals. Automate your savings. It doesn’t matter which version of this personal finance mantra you’ve heard, it all means the same thing: saving money is an important part of your financial health.

The IRS Wants to Know About All March Bracket Winnings

The break room at work is abuzz with talk about basketball tournaments, teams and players. It seems everyone is anxiously awaiting the chance to be crowned tournament bracket champion. But, while you’re busy streaming the games and focused on which team is advancing, remember someone else wants to share in your earnings should you win […]

Spring Clean Your Finances and Reach Your Money Goals

As the itch to shake off the winter doldrums sets in, you’re likely ready to jump head first into spring cleaning. But, while you are busy purging closets and cleaning out drawers this spring, it’s important to remember your finances may need a little sprucing as well. With the tax filing deadline past us, this […]

Alternative Tax Fact #4: At TurboTax, free can come at a price

“Bargain” airlines might save you money on a ticket, sure, but once you’re on board you’ll pay for your bag, your seat, even water. You know, all the stuff you think should be included at the original price. It’s the same drill with TurboTax. AbsoluteZero is free, sure, but once you get in there, TurboTax […]

What It Really Means to Get a Tax Refund

A common nickname for tax season is “refund season.” And that means tax filers like you are barraged with messages about getting your “maximum refund.” Many of those messages come from tax software companies and even tax preparation store fronts. It’s certainly not new – the tax industry has been telling the “maximum refund” story for decades.

4 Reasons You Should Have an IRA

Contributing to an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) is an excellent way to grow your financial wealth over time. In fact, if you don’t have an IRA, you may be missing out.

10 Frugal Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to celebrate the ones you love. However, the classic expectation of roses, chocolates and fancy dinners can sometimes feel like a blow to your budget coming so close on the heels of major gift giving at Christmas. Fortunately, there are many ways you can show your love and not […]