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 […]

5 Essentials for Making Your Child’s Halloween Costume

Ed note: I couldn’t help but be inspired by Holly’s awesome ideas for easy, no-sew, DIY Halloween costumes. I had to try them for myself! After reading, I bet you’ll feel the same way too. Store-bought Halloween costumes can be quite expensive but making your own at home can be a cost effective and fun […]

Retirement Savings for the Self-Employed, Explained

Ed note: Saving for retirement can be daunting. Saving for retirement without a company-sponsored plan can seem impossible. There are several options out there, but you’ll have to decide what works best for you.  Leer en español. When you are self-employed, your retirement options may seem confusing. Without a company 401(k) or pension plan to […]

Battle of the Fall Beverages: Coffee or Tea? [INFOGRAPHIC]

The air is crisp. The leaves are changing. It’s time to embrace that warm drink (unless, of course, you live in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma or Florida where – apparently – cold drinks still reign supreme). Do you go for tea or coffee? Cider or hot cocoa? We look at these favorites and […]

The Important Role of Godparents in the Latino Community

Ed note: Selecting godparents may be quite easy, or may be an incredibly thoughtful process. Your approach may say a lot about the culture you were raised in. Tracy Lopez of Latinaish is here to spell out some of the ways godparents are a special and important part of Latin American culture. Leer en español. […]

How to Save Cash on Extracurricular Activities

Ed note: Compared to the (relative) leisure of summer, you might suddenly feel pulled in a million directions – soccer practice, piano lessons and more. On top of it all, these new activities require STUFF. Christina from There’s Just One Mommy has a few pro tips and maximizing your money, and your time, on these […]

Life Changes and Marketplace Health Insurance Plans: What You Need to Do

Ed note: No matter what you think of the Affordable Care Act, it will create new considerations come tax time. This is especially true for those taxpayers who have had a major life change during the year. Here’s information on what changes you need to report to avoid surprises on your return. Leer en español. If […]

Los cambios de vida y el Mercado de planes de seguros de salud: Qué tienes que hacer

Nota del editor: Independientemente de lo que pienses sobre la Ley de Atención Médica Asequible (ACA, en inglés), esta generará nuevas cuestiones a tener en cuenta en lo que respecta a la temporada de impuestos. Esto es especialmente cierto para aquellos contribuyentes que han experimentado un cambio de vida importante durante el año. Aquí encontrarás […]