Perfect Packing for a Summer Getaway

Ed note: It is officially vacation season! Whether you are headed to the beach or mountains, across the world or in your own state, there are a few universal truths: 1) you can’t take your whole closet and 2) if you do, you’ll literally pay for it. Shannyn Allen is here to help you hack […]

Summer Reading: Five Personal Finance Books You Must Read in Your 20s

Ed note: Relaxing on the beach with a good book – now doesn’t that sound nice? It would be even better if that book could benefit your finances all year round. Luckily, Ben Edwards has some great suggestions for light summer reading that will also provide you clear benefits. If you do nothing else this […]

Quick, Easy and Affordable Summer Car Care

Ed note: Some things can just be intimidating. For me, car maintenance is one of those things. However, it’s also something that can be very expensive at your local shop or dealer. Here are few ways to perform basic car maintenance to keep your car running well in the summer heat, while also saving a […]

The Power of Crowdfunding [INFOGRAPHIC]

Does it seem like you can raise money on the Internet for anything? Your favorite childhood television show: yup. A new movie: yup. Potato salad: yup. We looked into this new wave of crowdfunding and uncovered what makes a project successful. Leer en español. Click to view larger image Like this infographic? Use the code […]

Tips and Tools for Better Document Management

Now that you know which tax documents you should keep and how long to store them, it’s time to manage the hoard of paper. P.S. here’s a list that includes guidelines for more than just tax documents. Leer en español. Paper storage isn’t bad, however, it can be difficult to manage – since it requires physical […]

Records: What’s the Bare Minimum That You Must Keep?

Ed note: Tax season brings a flood of documents – W-2s, 1099s, receipts, Form 1040 and more. Now that you’ve filed – and maybe gotten a refund – are you ready to chuck them all out? Not quite so fast. One of our Tax Institute experts explains why you need to hang on to those […]

How to Say “No” to Your Kids

Ed note: It’s summer! If you have kids who are out of school, this might not be nearly as exciting as it once was. The long days of sunshine may feel eternal, especially as those kiddos bug you to go to the pool and amusement park or to buy ice cream and video games. It […]

Love and Money: How One Couple Used Real Estate to Earn a Million

Ed note: It always amazes me when a couple can build a successful business together – my husband and I have a hard enough time coordinating daycare drop off and pick up some weeks! Tahnya Kristina shares a remarkable story of one couple that has found a sweet spot with both love and money. Leer […]

The Booming Business of July 4th Fireworks [INFOGRAPHIC]

When you hear “the 4th of July” many things may come to mind – a hamburger hot off the grill, a cool lake, the American flag. But what really sets Independence Day apart has to be the fireworks. They are more than just gunpowder; fireworks are the way we come together to show national pride. […]

Spouse is a Non-Citizen, Which Filing Status Do We Use?

Ed note: You studied abroad. You took the job of a lifetime in another country. And you fell in love with more than the culture and your surroundings – you found a spouse. We don’t want to ruin your international love story, but things can be tricky at tax time. Here are a few strategies […]