Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

The perfect gift to give when you have zero dollars to spend

Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season can be a lot of fun. But what do you do if you’re not totally prepared for the hit your bank account can take between paying your bills and buying gifts for your loved ones?

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 […]

6 tips to help you choose the right healthcare plan

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment for your 2017 individual and family healthcare plan is here! Now is the time to enroll in new health coverage or make changes to your current plan.

Deals you won’t want to miss on Cyber Monday

Black Friday may still reign as king when it comes to scoring the best shopping deals, but Cyber Monday, which lands on November 28 this year, rivals its savings every time. From the comfort of your couch, you can do all of your holiday shopping while eating a leftover turkey sandwich and avoiding an elbow […]

How to know if your charitable contributions are going to the right place

An estimated $373 billion was donated to charitable causes in the United States during 2015, according to the charity watchdog site, CharityNavigator.org. That’s a lot of money going to great causes…or so it would seem. The fact is, donating to charitable organizations is great for a number of reasons, but sometimes your contributions aren’t used […]

“Candy Tax” – when Halloween becomes a delicious financial lesson

My shove into the world of taxation didn’t come after a quaint summer job as an awkward teen. Instead, I learned about taxes as a four-year-old girl on Halloween night.

How to earn extra cash for the holidays

From presents, wrapping paper and greeting cards to decorations, food and travel, the cost of holiday cheer can quickly add up. Before you know it, you’ve blown through your budget  – and may even be experiencing some buyer’s remorse about all those strands of twinkle lights you bought. But, hold on! There is good news! This year can […]

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 […]

Refunds delayed for some early filers this tax season

Are you among the many Americans who file your taxes early so you can get your refund sooner? If you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) and expect to receive a refund, you’ll have to wait until after mid-February to get it.