Invest in America: Four Made-in-the-USA Stocks to Buy Now

Are you interested in constructing a portfolio of companies to invest in the good ole U.S.A? If so, then I have a portfolio for you. It’s a diversified portfolio of American companies stocks that should benefit as the economy recovers. Unlike m … [Read more...]

Understanding The Differences Among Tax Credits, Deductions, and Adjustments

Anytime somebody mentions a tax "write-off”, it sounds pretty good. It means the money you're spending now is money you don't have to pay in taxes...right? Not so fast. The term tax "write-off" is thrown around too much. And, unfortunately, i … [Read more...]

What You Need To Know About Finding Health Insurance

I pride myself on being a financially savvy twenty-something -- I have a budget, decent savings, a Roth IRA, and no debt. But when it came to one of the most important financial decisions I've had to make, I was clueless. I'm talking about health … [Read more...]

The Case for Buying a New Car

New or used? It’s a conundrum as old as cars themselves: Buy new and enjoy the security of new-car reliability and a factory warranty? Or Buy used and save thousands on depreciation? Now, if I were to poll personal finance bloggers, I'd g … [Read more...]

How Do You Budget For—And Pay For—Your Holiday Spending?

I admit that when it comes to holiday shopping, I’m a procrastinator. I have been witnessed scurrying to the mall or Target on Christmas Eve. That said, I do begin to put some money aside around this time of year so my Christmas shopping doesn’t tot … [Read more...]

For Football Season, Four Money-Saving Tips on Game Day

  You wake up to College Game Day with Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso on television every Saturday morning. The air is cool and crisp. Your weekends are planned around important games. Fall...and football in full effect! And every … [Read more...]

Three Small Financial Tweaks You Should Make Before Winter

The end of the year is fast approaching. Soon you’ll be bellying up to your Thanksgiving feast and perhaps playing chicken with other holiday shoppers in some mall parking lot. Of course, you may be thinking about your holiday shopping already. And i … [Read more...]

How To Choose The Right Credit Card For Your Spending Style

As I contemplated changing my everyday credit card to the Chase Freedom card; I’ve been pondering one of my favorite financial topics…credit card strategy. In other words, how does one maximize the benefits of credit cards---mainly short-term int … [Read more...]

Online Home Searches: Convenient, But Not Always Accurate

These days, the first thing many Americans do when they decide they want to buy a home is search for real estate online. In fact, over 80% of homebuyers start their search for a home on the Internet, according to the National Association of Realtors. … [Read more...]

Last-Minute Travel: 5 Tips to Finding Deals and Saving Money

  In most cases, the best way to plan for travel is to do it well in advance: Check flight prices months ahead, look for promotions at your favorite hotels, or wait for coupons to pop up in your e-mail inbox for a great limited-time package … [Read more...]