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7 Personal Spending Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

7 Personal Spending Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them - TaxACT

When it comes to controlling spending, sometimes everything seems to be working against us. There are so many ways to spend money – and so many reasons it’s difficult not to. It’s possible to take control of your spending, however. Many people have done it. Take a look at these personal spending pitfalls and how […]

6 Offbeat Ways to Retire Early

6 Offbeat Ways to Retire Early - TaxACT

If you really, really want to retire early, here are some ways to do it. In an ideal world, we’d all save money year after year until we had enough stashed away to maintain us in the style to which we have become accustomed. Then we’d retire, secure in the knowledge that we’re set for […]

Should College Savings Be in My Child’s Name?

Should College Savings Be in My Child's Name? - TaxACT

Should you save for your kids’ college education in your own accounts, or put college savings in each child’s name? Getting started saving for college can seem daunting. You have to decide how to save, how much to save, and how to invest. You may choose a tax-deferred plan or any other investment. Before you […]

11 Simple Gardening Tips That Will Save You Money

Gardening to Save Money - TaxACT

Food prices at the grocery store are higher than ever. If you’ve looked at the price of tomatoes and thought you could grow food for less money in your garden, you’re probably right. If you want to grow a garden that saves a significant amount of money, however, you have to plan ahead. Going into […]

4 Ways Money Can Buy You Happiness, and Health

4 Ways Money Can Buy You Happiness, and Health - TaxACT

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 […]

Weekly Favorites: Why Starting To Save At 25 Means An Extra Six Figures In Retirement

TaxACT Weekly Favorites June 27 2014

TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  June 27, 2014 Why Starting To Save At 25 Means An Extra Six Figures In Retirement via Maggie McGrath A picture might be worth a thousand words, but when it comes to the state of retirement savings for the youngest generation of workers in the U.S., the numbers create a picture that […]

5 Money Myths Debunked

Money Myths Debunked - TaxACT

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.

6 Tips For Millennials Looking to Master Their Personal Finances

6 Tips For Millennials Looking to Master Their Personal Finances - TaxACT

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 […]

Weekly Favorites: Paying Bills — You’re Doing it Wrong, plus more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites June 20 2014

TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  June 20, 2014 Drowning in Student Loan Debt via CNN Money I am my family’s first college graduate. The choices I had were: staying on in the housing projects where I grew up, or student loans. So I took the loans to improve my life. Since I graduated in December, I have […]

5 Little Known Ways to Successfully Live on Irregular Income

5 Tips for Living on an Irregular Income

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 […]

What I’d Tell My 21-Year-Old Self About Money

What I’d Tell My 21-Year-Old Self About Money | TaxACT

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 […]

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 […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know Were Negotiable

5 Things You Didn't Know Were Negotiable - TaxACT

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.