Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

4 Ways to Lower Your Taxes Before the New Year

It’s easy to only think of taxes during tax season. However, anyone who is financially savvy knows making changes throughout the year can give you the best chance to make a difference in your tax bill. With more than a quarter of the year left, now is a great time to make small adjustments that […]

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Is a 401(K) Really the Right Way to Save for Retirement?

The 401(k) retirement plan, first popularized in the 1980s, is an excellent way to put aside money for retirement. Like other retirement plans — traditional IRA or Roth IRA — a 401(k) invests your money in a customized mix of individual stocks, money-market funds and bonds to maximize your return. But which type of retirement […]

10 Job-Related Tax Benefits That Could Save You Some Serious Money

There’s more to a good job than a steady paycheck. Full-time employment can earn you all sorts of perks — from employer-sponsored health insurance to generous deductions on your tax return. Here are 10 job-related tax benefits that could save you some serious money.

6 Things You Should Know About Investing vs. Paying Off Debt

You know you need to pay off debt. You also need to save for emergencies, education, a house, and retirement. There’s only so much money to go around, however. If you try to pay off 100% of your debt before you start to save, that could take too long. If you try to put money […]

You Still Have Time to Make Retirement Plan Contributions

If you’ve been planning to put money into a retirement plan for 2014, but it hasn’t quite happened yet, take heart. You still have time. The most convenient way to make retirement plan contributions is throughout the year. If you can have retirement plan contributions deducted from your regular paycheck, it can be quite painless. […]

7 Tax Tips for the Freelance Economy

Tax season feels eons away for many gainfully employed workers. Why bother thinking about W-9s that will come in January when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all arriving before tax forms. Not to mention New Years, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day all happen before taxes are even due. But for some workers, tax season […]

5 Little Known Ways to Successfully Live on 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 […]

Baby Boomers Playing Catch-Up: Retirement Strategies Worth Considering

Talk about a case of bad timing: the baby boomer generation started hitting retirement age during one of the worst economic disasters in modern-day history. The oldest boomers started turning 65 in 2011, as the economy struggled to recover from the devastating market crash and recession that began with the financial crisis of 2008. Middle-class […]