World Series: Looking at Each Team By The Numbers (not those numbers)

Baseball is all about the numbers. Batting averages, earned runs, runs batted in, and on and on and on. While every sports fanatic banters about the Giants’ home runs and the Royals’ stolen bases, we have honed in on some different numbers. Like the number of dollars you have to shell out to watch these […]

The Minimalist’s Guide to a Baby Registry

Ed note: When I was pregnant, I swear I could see the dollar signs in front of my husband’s eyes. He was mildly terrified about the financial commitment we were undertaking. However, there are plenty of ways to be frugal with your infant – Janessa Solem has some pointers for you. Now, saving for college […]

World Series: Would You Spend It?

It’s the hottest ticket in H&R Block’s hometown right now: the World Series. For those of us in Kansas City, it’s been 29 years since the Royals have given us the opportunity to see a World Series game in our fair town. So the excitement is high and so are the ticket prices. On Tuesday afternoon, […]

5 Halloween Prep Tips To Save Money

Ed note: Trick or treat! Time to buy lots of things to eat! Oops. That’s not how it goes! But this time of year, that might be what you think you hear. Thankfully, April McCormick has some awesome tips for how to have a great Halloween on a budget. For most families, Halloween is a […]

A New Parent’s Guide to Sleep Deprivation [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you, um, just can’t quite, uh, find the right word or figure out – seemingly! – simple problems, and you recently brought home an adorable, EXHAUSTING baby from the hospital, this is the infographic for you. While it won’t help that little one sleep through the night, it might help you find a few new […]

Same-Sex Marriage and Your State Tax Return

Early in October, the Supreme Court denied review of same-sex marriage appeals from three different federal appeals courts: the Tenth Circuit, the Fourth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit. What does that mean? Since the Supreme Court has declined to decide the matters, the decisions of each of the lower courts will stand. That means the […]

Top 10 Tax Tips if You Have a New Baby

Ed note: If you recently had a baby, congratulations! Now I need you to focus for just a minute through that sleep-deprived haze. There are some VERY IMPORTANT tax issues that come along with your new bundle. The good news: most of them mean more credits and deductions for you! Leer en español. 1. Upgrading to […]

Why Should You Use a 401(k)?

Ed note: You can save for retirement. Or buy that new TV right now. Much of financial planning is about keeping your sights on the long game instead of immediate gratification. It’s not easy, but Ben Edwards is here with some great reasons that kind of thinking will pay off. Leer en español. You may […]

What is a 401(k)?

At its core, a 401(k) an investment tool for retirement. It is a type of plan called a “defined contribution plan.” Leer en español. You put money into an account that is then invested in stocks, bonds, money market accounts and more. You work with a company – like Fidelity Investments or Vanguard – to […]

Tax Questions? H&R Block Partners with HAF to Get You Answers

If you think that taxes are something that you only need to worry about once a year, think again. Believe it or not, taxes affect your life year-round. If you get married, buy a house, have a baby, move to another state, change jobs—and this is just the start—it’s important to think about taxes. Many […]