Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

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 […]

Your Post-Grad Money Checklist — Are You Prepared?

After 12 years in school and another 4 years of college, you finally earned the right to toss your graduation cap in the air in celebration, only to have it come crashing down to the overwhelming reality of student loan debt, sky high living costs and major “adulting” decisions you feel painfully unprepared to handle. […]

5 Shortcuts to Creating a Budget That Sticks

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 […]