Tag: money

Cost-Effective House Swaps for Earth Day

Ed note: In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share a few ways to improve the efficiency of your home – and save a bit on those utility bills.  For most of us, the home is our single largest investment. While it’s our biggest asset, it can also be our biggest financial drain if […]

Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Return

Ed note: For many Americans, a tax refund is their largest single financial transaction in a year. So what you do with that money can be very important. Contributor Carrie Smith looks at some of the most common, and some of the best, ways to spend it. Leer en español. Have you filed your taxes and […]

Reuse and Renew: Green DIY Projects

Ed note: If you’re feeling like you need to freshen up your look or home decor, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, then we have some great news for you. Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY is sharing some amazing tricks for turning basic into beautiful. You could use any excuse—from post-holiday […]

Get Last-Minute Help Filing Your Tax Return [VIDEO]

The deadline to file your 2013 tax return is tomorrow, April 15, 2014. (For most people, at least. You may have longer if you live abroad or serve in the military and meet certain qualifications.) We wanted to highlight some of the best places to get help from H&R Block in our weekly digest video. […]

Three Days Left: Tax Terminology Explained

Note: Most federal individual tax returns are due April 15. That’s only three days away! Here are three last minute tips to help you file your return as accurately as possible.  There are a few important terms that get thrown around cavalierly at tax time. And, truth be told, they actually sound really similar. So […]

The World of Mad Men, In Taxes [INFOGRAPHIC]

The AMC series “Mad Men” chronicles Don Draper’s ascension in the world of advertising – from creative director to partner – and all the financial trappings that come along with it. Since the season 7 premiere date (April 13) and tax day (April 15) so nearly coincide, we couldn’t help but take a look at […]

Five Days Left: Start Right

Most federal individual tax returns are due April 15. That’s only five days away! Here are five last minute tips to help you file your return as accurately as possible.  It’s getting down to the wire. Regardless, you shouldn’t rush through your tax return – that’s how people miss things and leave money on the table. […]

Teach Your Kids About Money (They’ll Thank You Later)

Ed note: Money can be a tough subject. In some families it is taboo. Other times it is just too abstract. Here, Kate Ashford outlines a few fun and concrete ways to talk about finances with your children. Leer en español. As parents, we pass a lot of wisdom on to our children, but we seem […]

Test Your Financial Literacy [QUIZ]

April is Financial Literacy Month. This topic is obviously very close to our hearts since Block Talk focuses on sharing actionable financial knowledge and works to help simplify your financial life. Some of the key financial issues everyone encounters are: where to spend, how much to save, how to use credit and filing taxes. We’ve […]

How To Curb Your Spending

Ed note: Is your tax refund burning a hole in your pocket? Or maybe your teen has started that summer job and wants to spend, spend, spend. In that case, here are a few tips from contributor Scott Gamm on how to keep those purchases in check. Impulse buying is one of the main culprits […]