If you’re planning a wedding—or even just imagining getting hitched anytime soon—the thought of paying for all that stuff can be overwhelming. The list of typical wedding expenses is long, and few are cheap. Now that it’s been a bit more than a month since my wedding, I’ve been reflecting on the experience and have […]
How to Save Money While Planning a Fabulous Wedding (Plus: A Free Wedding Budget Spreadsheet and Guest List)
I’m in the homestretch of my engagement. My wedding is 99% planned: loose ends are coming together, I’m attending wedding showers thrown in my honor, butterflies are fluttering around in my stomach, and I’m this close to gaining one new last name. I’ve learned a lot along the way, too – about how to save […]
The recent Congressional debate on whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts was long and drawn out, but it looks like our government may have finally reached a compromise, conclusion, agreement—whatever you’d like to call it—for now, anyway. But how do these tax cuts REALLY affect you? Since many of the tax cuts are extensions (not […]
If you’re self-employed or a business owner and you haven’t heard of the Section 179 deduction, it’s time to get familiar with it, because the Small Business Jobs and Credits Act of 2010 has increased the thresholds on this valuable tax deduction for 2010 and 2011. What is the Section 179 deduction? The Section 179 […]
Do you know how much do you earn? (Hint: If your employer provides benefits, it’s actually more than you think.) See, if your salary is $50,000, you don’t earn just $50,000. The actual value of your pay is comprised of both salary and benefits, which is generally much much than your base salary. As an […]
When it comes to your taxes, knowing the lingo is key to understanding them. What’s the difference between and tax credit, tax deduction, and an adjustment? A credit is an amount off what you owe, dollar for dollar. Tax deductions and adjustments are amounts off your income, which reduces your taxable income. Tricky right?
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 season…is in full effect! And every true college football fan knows that no weekend is complete without a full day of […]
When you can’t plan ahead you often get a raw deal on travelling, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are still tricks you can use to snag a deal, even at the last minute. Using packaged deals, such as hotel and flight together, or taking advantage of funeral benefits (if they apply) are just a few of the things that can help you avoid paying full price.