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Personal finance tips, hacks and strategies from experts who have "been there". Keep more money in your pocket using these helpful resources you can actually implement.

What It Really Means to Get a Tax Refund

A common nickname for tax season is “refund season.” And that means tax filers like you are barraged with messages about getting your “maximum refund.” Many of those messages come from tax software companies and even tax preparation store fronts. It’s certainly not new – the tax industry has been telling the “maximum refund” story for decades.

4 Reasons You Should Consider an IRA

Contributing to an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) is an excellent way to grow your financial wealth over time. In fact, if you don’t have one, you may be missing out.

10 Frugal Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to celebrate the ones you love. However, the classic expectation of roses, chocolates and fancy dinners can sometimes feel like a blow to your budget coming so close on the heels of major gift giving at Christmas. Fortunately, there are many ways you can show your love and not […]

Alternative Tax Fact #2: No Fee for Phone Support

A common theme in the do-it-yourself tax software industry is to promote a “free” offer, and then charge extra, unexpected fees for specific features and services. The problem here is that these features and services, which usually come in the form of an upgrade or add-on, are often things that really help filers get the […]

Alternative Tax Fact: “Free” isn’t Always Free

Alternative facts have received a lot of press recently. Unfortunately, they are not limited to politics or George Orwell’s 1984. They have also found their way into the do-it-yourself (DIY) online tax filing industry. Every tax season, leading tax software companies spew “Alternative Tax Facts” to all American tax filers – and we believe this […]

9 Ways You’re Throwing Money Away

We all waste money at some point. Remember that fancy juicer you bought thinking you would eat more vegetables if only you had a “green drink” in the morning. Kale and carrot smoothies can be a great start to your day…as long as you actually make them! Or maybe you chronically forget to take coupons with you to the […]

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?