Avoid Credit Card Foreign Currency Transaction Fees

American credit cards---Visa and MasterCard in particular---are increasingly accepted all over the world. Although these credit cards can be a convenient way to pay while traveling aboard, be prepared to pay foreign currency transaction fees of up to … [Read more...]

Tax Return Preparation Options: Calculator, Computer, or CPA?

As you gather necessary tax documents and prepare to start your tax return, it's time to decide how you are going to file. And these days, you have several choices. You can go old school and break out the pencil and paper. You can buy tax s … [Read more...]

Time Management for Freelancers: How To Find Extra Hours for Earning More

Everybody wants to earn more money. And as we've established, often the most straightforward way to do that is to start freelancing in addition to your nine-to-five. Ideally, you can even make that work something you already enjoy---like teaching … [Read more...]

This Year, Take Some Risks

Most of us don't like risk. We buy insurance. We work for a paycheck. We put our money in an FDIC-insured savings account even though it pays less than 1.0% interest. These things aren't necessarily bad; a little bit of caution is a good t … [Read more...]

First Time Home Buyer’s Mortgage Checklist

Considering buying your first home? Prepare yourself for one of life’s most demanding experiences. This first time home buyer’s mortgage checklist will get you organized to attack financing your home purchase as an informed shopper and avoid becoming … [Read more...]