Splurge or Save: Antiques Vs. Reproductions

Ed note: There are a few ways to furnish your house on a budget – the low-cost, assemble-yourself way, the beg-borrow-steal from family or friends way, and the pick-through-pieces at a thrift shop/vintage store way. I am partial to finding hidden treasures, myself. If you are too, Shannyn Allan has some great tips for spotting […]

Social Security Benefits – How Much Is Taxable?

Ed note: It’s one of the most frequently asked questions on our social media channels – “Are my social security benefits taxable?” Like so many things with taxes, the answer is a variation of “it depends.” Leer en español. All social security benefits, whether in the form of retirement benefits, survivor benefits or disability benefits, […]

The Hemline Index: Fashion and Economic Predictions [INFOGRAPHIC]

For the fashionistas out there, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that today marks the start of New York Fashion Week. For everyone else: if you think fashion is nothing but mindless, meaningless frivolity, then this might be shocking. There are several useful economic indicators that follow fashion trends. Some more, um, high […]

Trip Hacks: Crowdsourcing Your Vacation

Ed note: I love it when technology makes life a little bit easier. Even better when that technology is powered by real people and their collective smarts. Here are a few ways you can tap into local intelligence and expert help when planning your next vacation. The Internet is now a place where people share […]

Tax Questions, Answered: The Tax Implications of Selling Your Home

Ed note: Congratulations, you just sold your home! That profit burning a hole in your pocket may be free-and-clear from taxes, but – yes, there’s a but – not always. The Tax Institute looks at some of the exceptions you need to know about. Question: I’ve been waiting years to sell my home. Now that […]

Healthy Eating for the New School Season

Ed note: Jenn Fowler is back with one of her incredibly popular recipe posts! These gems will help you have a healthful, affordable dinner on the table in no time. It’s perfect for busy nights during the school year. The lazy days of summer are drawing to a close as the hectic back to school […]

Tax Questions, Answered: Your Kid’s Education

In our latest installation of this question-and-answer series with The Tax Institute, we look at some of common tax questions that come up around saving and paying for your child’s education. Q: Should the earnings on my child’s 529 account be counted as income as they accrue? What about when I use 529 funds to […]

Federal Student Aid – What are the Tax Consequences?

Ed note: There are a lot of benefits to higher education – increased earning potential, expanded knowledge and even tax perks. However, there are also a few tricky situations to keep in mind when you are financing that education. Leer en español. College is expensive.  Did you know that taxpayers with college expenses might be […]

How to Afford the Degree of Your Dreams

Ed note: Starting your senior year of high school? Dreaming about living away from your parents, where no one cares if the bath towels have been on the floor for three days? Fantasizing about studying with brilliant professors at the college of your dreams? Unfortunately, these things cost money – a fair amount of it. […]

Emerald Card Myths Busted

What do you think of when you hear “prepaid debit card?” Maybe you think it’s just for teenagers. Or that it isn’t any different from a credit card. Maybe you have no idea what it is at all! Leer en español. Prepaid cards can be useful financial tools for anyone. They help prevent overdrafts and […]