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Need a Tax Break? Here’s a List

Everybody wants some tax breaks...or a few more. When it comes to taxes these breaks---credits, adjustments, and deductions---are always your friend. They’ll lower your bottom line, reducing the amount you owe or increasing your tax refund. So i … [Read more...]

Common Tax Schedules: The No-Stress Guide To Filing Your Taxes, Part 4

We're in the middle of the "No-Stress Guide to Filing Your Taxes". We've already covered: A tax document checklist: A guide to get you started Choosing the best method to file your return Tax software: When to use and how to choose Today, … [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...]

The Best Inexpensive Christmas Gifts People Will Actually Want to Receive

What was the best inexpensive holiday gift you’ve ever received? Let's forget the iPhones and diamonds for a second. Was there a gift that didn't cost a lot but made you unbearably happy, not only when you opened it, but for months after that? … [Read more...]

How To Use Social Media To Help—Not Hurt—Your Career

Note from David: It's been a while since we've talked about career issues on Money Under 30, so we're going to fix that this week. Today, I asked Amber to write about how you can use social networking accounts to help your career. (At the very … [Read more...]

Emergency Funds: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know

Note from David: Wherever you are on the journey to "getting better with money", the concept of an emergency fund---rainy day savings that will be there for you in case the unthinkable happens---is critical. I know, I know, it's personal finance … [Read more...]

My Experience: Combining Finances With A New Spouse

I’ve been married for a little over three months now, and, since my new husband and I combined our finances right after getting hitched, we've been learning a lot about what it's like to share bank accounts. We went from completely separate financial … [Read more...]

Extreme Couponing: Are These People Brilliant or Just Plain Crazy?

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about extreme couponing. The hit reality show on TLC and dismal economy seem to be driving interest in this phenomenon that takes clipping coupons to, well, extremes. (This is not the neatly-organized coupon folder your … [Read more...]

Why So Many People Are House Poor and How You Can Avoid the Same Fate

Wouldn’t it be nice if buying a home were as easy as walking into a store and out with a new smartphone? Unfortunately, it’s hardly so simple. As I'm finding out, getting ready to buy a home requires a ton of preparation (not to mention saving). But a … [Read more...]