Wedding Expenses: Worth it or Worthless? Thoughts on What Counted on my Big Day

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)

The wedding budget spreadsheet and guest list provides a simple way to track wedding costs and manage your 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 […]

Organize and Thrive: How Small Changes Now Can Better Your Finances Forever

An organized life, workspace, and financial plan can help you save more and get out of debt faster.

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” — A. A. Milne Do you WANT to change your financial situation but wonder why you NEVER make progress? Are you always reading about how improve your finances but don’t even know where to […]

Two More Years of Tax Cuts (Here’s What The Extension Means For You)

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 […]

Self-Employed? Need to Deduct Big Ticket Items? Get Crackin’ with the Section 179 Deduction

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 […]

Side Income: Is It a Hobby or a Business?

Side Income- Is It a Hobby or a Business-

It’s a wonderful thing if your hobby starts making money, but at what point does it turn into an actual business? The IRS states that it turns into a business when you start trying to earn money. From a tax standpoint, the main difference between a hobby and business is being able to deduct losses.

Fringe Benefits For the Win: 15 Tax-Free Perks of Working for the Man

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 […]

Understanding The Differences Among Tax Credits, Deductions, and Adjustments

Understanding The Differences Among Tax Credits, Deductions, and Adjustments

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?

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 season…is in full effect! And every true college football fan knows that no weekend is complete without a full day of […]

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

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

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.