Take Your Taxes for a Test Drive Before Year’s End

Most of us are deep into holiday planning right now, and have no desire to think about taxes. However, before the year comes to an end, it makes sense to take your taxes for a test drive. You should take the time to determine whether or not you are likely to owe money. If you […]

How to Save Money on Holiday Gifts

This year’s holiday season is in full swing, and you might be wondering what you can do to reduce the amount that you spend on gifts. As your extended family grows, and as you end up with other obligations, it might be difficult to feel as though you can afford to spend a great deal on […]

How to Figure Out What You Need in Retirement

One of the financial and life milestones we are expected to prepare for is retirement. While not everyone wants a “traditional” retirement that involves sitting around doing nothing and living off a nest egg, chances are that you will need to find some way of creating revenue to support yourself. It makes sense to plan […]

Do You Have Investing Goals?

One of the best things you can do for your future is to set investing goals that make sense for your situation. Your investing goals can help you build a portfolio that works for you, as well as help you set your sights on a more productive and successful future. Too often, investors just set […]

Is a High-Deductible Plan Right for You?

For many people, it’s open enrollment time for health insurance. This is a time when you review your health plan, and decide whether or not you need to make changes. My husband’s plan is up for review right now (this is the first time we’ve gone through open enrollment with an employer; it’s exciting), and […]

Which Debt is Tax-Deductible? Getting a Tax Deduction for Your Debt

When it comes to paying down debt, we often focus on how much we can save in interest. However, we often forget that there are some types of debt that actually come with tax advantages. While it’s not exactly a dollar-for-dollar benefit, the reality is that the financial impact of interest can be reduced when […]

Medical Debt Could Have Less of an Impact On Your Credit

FICO 9 is on the way, and this could be a positive thing for your credit — at least if you have medical debt. Right now, the way medical debt is weighted in the scoring system, it could have a big impact on how financial services providers view you. But that could be changing as […]

Strategies for Ensuring Your Credit Card is Paid On Time

It’s probably happened to you at some point: A bill falls through the cracks. I know it’s happened to me — and more than once. Occasionally I’ll get busy and forget about a bill, or I’ll just be behind, and put off my regular financial tasks, and a bill or two will be late as […]

Have You Thought About Mobile Check Deposit Limits?

One of the great things about technology is that it makes it possible for you to do your banking from almost anywhere. You can initiate transfers, check your balance, and even pay your bills right from your cell phone. It’s even possible to deposit a check via cell phone. I do it all the time. […]

Should You Be Chasing Yield on Your CDs?

One of the realities we’ve been facing for several years now is the fact that interest yields on many savings products are quite low. Interest rates were cut in the name of economic stimulus, with the idea being that lower interest rates would encourage more people to borrow money. For savers, though, that has meant […]