Checking Out America’s Libraries [INFOGRAPHIC]

When’s the last time you set foot in a library? Maybe it was when you were in college, or maybe you took one of your kiddos for a local story time last week. Regardless, the U.S. has thousands of libraries that are providing ever more varied services. In anticipation of International Literacy Day, we took […]

Hispanic College Students: Knowing the challenges and learning how to overcome them

Ed note: The debt associated with higher education has been getting more and more attention. We know there are many ways to fund your education but wanted to dig into some of the unique and specific resources available to Latinos. Leer en español. A recent study by the PEW Hispanic Research Center shows that Hispanic […]

Taking (and Baking) Sales Taxes

Ed note: One of my favorite quick-dinner fixes is to pick up one of those prepared pizzas that you bake at home. Somehow I trick myself into believing it’s healthier. Another added bonus of the purchase might be that – in some places – it also escapes sales tax that comes with delivery or other fast […]

Back-To-School Shopping: National Thrift Shop Day

Ed note: “I’ma take your grandpa’s style. No for real, ask your grandpa, can I have his hand-me-downs?” Sorry. It’s catchy. As we transition kids back to school this fall, it’s a time of mixed jubilation and dread. While it will be great to be back on a regular schedule during the school year, planning […]

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 […]