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Taxes and Unemployment; How to Avoid Surprises and Owe Less Tax

There aren’t many – if any – perks of being unemployed. We all know that. But if you do lose your job, it may be possible to lean on the government for awhile and survive on unemployment compensation. These government-funded unemployment benef … [Read more...]

How to Shrink Your Supersize Smartphone Bill

These days, it seems almost everyone has some kind of fancy phone glued to their palm 24 hours a day. We just can’t live without our status updates and tweeting and texting and e-mailing. We're using our phones to cook dinner, pay bills, make r … [Read more...]

‘I Don’t…Want to Pay for That!': Tips for Managing Finances With a Significant Other Before Marriage

Ah, the thrills of dating and new relationships. Movie nights, ice cream dates, walks on the beach, a romantic candlelit dinner on Saturday night followed by… …a $150 bill! If you’ve dated -- even for a short time -- you know that dating involv … [Read more...]

7 Tricky Pitfalls to Online Bill Pay

We love to love online bill pay. It makes automating your finances possible. It saves tons of time in our go-go-go world. But – like most shortcuts in life – online bill pay has some serious downsides. And I’m not just talking about our “frie … [Read more...]

How To Start Freelancing: Four Steps To A Steady Second Income

More money is not always the answer. There are plenty of people with six figure incomes who are as financially hapless as those earning far less. That said, earning additional income can often help you achieve financial freedom faster. This is why … [Read more...]

Moving Sucks, So Don’t Miss These 5 Money-saving, Stress-reducing Moving Tips

What qualifies me to give moving advice? Well, since graduating from college, I’ve moved four times. (In my entire life, make that 10 moves.) Some of my friends have moved twice as much or more in their lifetime. And if you’re in a military family, yo … [Read more...]

Healthy Meals On A Budget: Seven Tips For Eating Well On Less

As we know more and more about the benefits of fresh, healthy meals, it's  no wonder that everyone wants to eat healthier these days. And of course, we want to do it without breaking the bank. Big food chains make it easy to enjoy a double, ext … [Read more...]

Flash Weddings: How to Plan Quickie ‘I Dos’ On The Cheap

Be prepared: The next wedding invitation in your mailbox might ask you to break the law. It may describe the stuff of spy movies: Sneaking into a museum and gathering around a popular painting without rousing suspicion of the guards. All in the … [Read more...]

Do Daily Deal Sites Cost You More?

Helicopter flight for two -- 61% off! Eyelash extensions  -- 50% off! Four-course dinner at a 5-star restaurant  -- 56% off! Four-day trip to Cozumel, Mexico  -- 43% off! Thanks to sites like Groupon, Living Social, and dozens of others, t … [Read more...]

What I Learned From Buying My First Home

A few weeks ago, I closed on my first home. (Two months ago, I didn’t even know what closing on a home really meant...that's how fast this all happened!) Still, we've been on the road to this day for a few years. My husband and I paid off our s … [Read more...]