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5 Shortcuts to Creating a Budget That Sticks

5 Shortcuts to Creating a Budget That Sticks - TaxACT Blog

We know we need budgets. They’re absolutely essential to good management of our finances. Creating a budget is also the last thing most of us want to do. We may have no idea where to start. The idea of budgeting sounds like the stuff of ledger books tracking every dime we spend, or worse yet, […]

How to Start a Side Hustle and Stop Stressing about Saving

How to Start a Side Hustle and Stop Stressing about Saving - TaxACT Blog

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. But with the millennial generation dragging a weight of debt behind them and some boomers still licking their […]

Setting and Sticking to Your Financial Limits

Setting and Sticking to Your Financial Limits - TaxACT Blog

Guidelines are helpful tools, but generic personal finance advice can ultimately end up hurting your wallet. Your budgeting strategy needs to be tailored to your specific money goals. Tips like 50/30/20 can help get you started, but what if you live in an expensive city like New York or San Francisco and 50% of your […]

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 […]

When to Take the Upsell

When to Take the Upsell - TaxACT

Last year, my boyfriend and I celebrated Christmas with tickets to see the Broadway musical “Wicked.” Caught up in the splendor of the holidays in New York City, we decided to indulge in some horrifically overpriced theater cocktails. As the bartender began pouring my boyfriend’s gin and tonic, he asked “Just one shot or would […]

Weekly Favorites: With stock market soaring, your 401(k) may need a tune-up, plus more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites: November 15, 2013

TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  November 15, 2013 With stock market soaring, your 401(k) may need a tune-up via Mark Miller Stocks are in record territory, which probably is great news for your 401(k). Fidelity Investments reported Thursday that average account balances hit a new high in the third quarter, propelled mainly by surging equities markets. Continue […]

Generous Gift Buying Guide for a Budget

Generous Gift Buying Guide for a Budget - TaxACT

How can I buy all the gifts I need to give and still stay on a budget? Ever since I was a child, I was a born giver. My mom used to scold me because I gave away my doll to a neighbor girl. “Why did you do that, Ellie?” my mom would say as […]

The 7 Basics of Personal Finance Management

The 7 Basics of Personal Finance Management

Have you started managing your personal finances? Need some actionable tips you can put to use today?

You don’t need to start earning a six figure salary or own a business spanning several states before you start managing your personal finance. In fact, if you delay, you might never achieve your financial objectives.

Here are the basics you need to know and practice.

4 Simple Car Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Thousands

4 Simple Car Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Thousands - TaxACT

Have you ever owned a car that was a complete lemon? I know I have. Every time I got something repaired, it seemed like another part went bad. The repairs never ended and it left my wallet completely empty. As I’ve matured and grown older, I realized that it may have not been the fault […]

A 5-Step Plan for Surviving a Job Loss

A 5-Step Plan for Surviving a Job Loss - TaxACT

Have you ever gone through a job loss? Losing your job is a traumatic experience. You lose your income and benefits, sense of security and job identity all at once. You may have workplace friends you’ve seen every day for years. The morning after you get laid off, everything’s changed. It’s important to take some […]

3 Tips for Buying Furniture on a Budget

3 Tips for Buying Furniture on a Budget - TaxACT

Are you in the market for new furniture? Are you heading back to school trying to fill that dorm room or apartment? Maybe you currently have furniture that’s falling to pieces and it desperately needs replacement. Or, perhaps you recently moved across the country and sold your old furniture so you didn’t have to move […]

5 Cheap Ways to Extend the Life of Your Furniture

5 Cheap Ways to Extend the Life of Your Furniture - TaxACT

Do you take the extra effort to extend the life of your furniture? Do you realize that your furniture is one of the most expensive items in your house right now? If you’re like the average person, your living room set probably cost you over $2,000, and that price only included the sofa, love seat, […]

Dry Beans and Other Cheap Secrets of Healthy Eating

Dry Beans and Other Cheap Secrets of Healthy Eating | TaxACT

If you are trying to figure out how to eat healthy without spending your whole paycheck at Whole Foods, look no further than your mom. Let’s just take the family diet on offer at my household circa the mid-90s. This was pre-internet. There were no mommy forums, no meal-planning sites, no coupon-clipping apps. But my […]