Tag: money

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]