What You Need to Know to Claim Home Office Deductions

Ed note: It turns out there are different kinds of home offices. There are those, like mine, that double as a place to binge-watch your favorite Netflix series, and those that are actually a tax deduction in the eyes of the IRS. Leer en español. One the greatest perks to running your own business is […]

Top 4 Back-to-School Budgeting Tips for Teens

Ed note: Our colleagues at H&R Block’s Dollars and Sense program are the go-to place for information when it comes to helping teenagers learn about personal finance topics. They put their heads together – along with other experts – to pass along these great tips to start the discussion at your house. With back-to-school shopping […]

Lunch Economics: Should You Brown Bag? [INFOGRAPHIC]

As the kids head back to school and the days become more jam-packed, the temptation to buy a lunch may rise. Fight back! Research shows you can eat much healthier (obviously!) and more cheaply by packing a lunch. So break out those brown bags and use these tips to pack a few awesome meals for […]

How to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

Ed note: Head to any big-box retailer and you’ll likely see checklists for “dorm room essentials.” If you bought everything on the list, you might not have enough room to transport yourself in the car! Erin Huffstetler sorts through shopping strategically and ways to save money on those dorm room furnishings. Headed off to college […]

Juggling Work and Study: How to Manage Both While Managing Your Debt

Ed note: Working while you’re in college certainly isn’t the easiest thing to do. But the financial benefit is a powerful one that will last beyond your undergraduate days. We look at a few of the easiest ways to keep your education debt in check. When you take out a student loan to pay for […]

Back-to-School Wellness Checklist

Ed note: While it’s always a good idea to knock out your child’s annual physical, dentist appointment and so forth before the crush of the school year, this is also a good time to evaluate and plan for the daily things you can do to keep your family well. Add a few of these items […]

Back to School Budget-Setting Help

Don’t let the heat of August confuse you. It’s already back to school season. Leer en español. You probably know that it isn’t as easy as waking up one morning, putting the kids on a bus and walking away. A new school year requires preparation and, maybe more notably, purchases. In fact, in 2014 the National Retail […]

If Your Big Day Goes Bust – Make Sure Your Finances Don’t Too

The problem with canceling – or postponing – a wedding is that we rarely plan for such a circumstance. Like many things in life, it seems ill fated to actually prepare for the worst, as if by admitting it’s a possibility it will actually come true. Leer en español. The fact of the matter is: […]

Taxation of the Sharing Economy

Ed note: Anything that seems too good to be true, probably is, right? Well, maybe. Can you make extra money off of an extra bedroom or a seldom-used car? Sure. Will the IRS take some of that profit? Maybe. Here’s the breakdown of what to expect if you participate in the sharing economy. The rise […]

Why Being Bilingual is a Bonus

Ed note: We all have moments when we feel different or left out. For those who learned another language before English, their differences may be more obvious, and they can feel singled out. But, as Tracy López points out, the benefits of bilingualism are many. You may want to add another language to your repertoire […]