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’v … [Read more...]

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

“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 y … [Read more...]

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 h … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Side Income: Is It a Hobby or a Business?

Shannon works in sales where she makes decent money and lives in a nice house with her family. Shannon doesn’t dislike her job, but it’s not her passion. So every Friday, at the end of a draining 40-hour work week, Shannon hurries home to spend time o … [Read more...]

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, w … [Read more...]

Understanding The Differences Among Tax Credits, Deductions, and Adjustments

Anytime somebody mentions a tax "write-off”, it sounds pretty good. It means the money you're spending now is money you don't have to pay in taxes...right? Not so fast. The term tax "write-off" is thrown around too much. And, unfortunately, i … [Read more...]

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 in full effect! And every … [Read more...]

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

  In most cases, the best way to plan for travel is to do it well in advance: Check flight prices months ahead, look for promotions at your favorite hotels, or wait for coupons to pop up in your e-mail inbox for a great limited-time package … [Read more...]

Gains & Losses: What Will Be Taxed and What Can I Claim?

As we get older, we generally acquire more and more assets. The assets usually start out small and become increasingly more valuable. Typically, as we become more independent and financially stable, we’ll buy our first car, start investing our money, … [Read more...]