Why Property Management Is a Great Business

Published on May 13 2014 // Personal Finance
Do you enjoy working with people?  Are you naturally social yet are a firm disciplinarian type?   Are you detailed oriented and organized?  Do you have a masters degree in management? If you like variety in your day and to do a number of different tasks, pursuing a property management career may...

What To Do If You Owe Taxes but Don’t Have the Money to Pay

Published on Apr 11 2014 // Taxes
What To Do If You Owe Taxes but Don’t Have the Money to Pay
Every year, the deadline for Americans to file taxes is April 15th (unless the day falls on a weekend, then the deadline will be extended by a few days).  Yet, year after year many Americans scramble to pay their tax bill.  Even if you file a tax extension online  you are still responsible for paying...

The Importance of Diversifying Your Side Gig

Published on Mar 31 2014 // Career, Earning Money
The Importance of Diversifying Your Side Gig
If you’ve spent any amount of time reading personal finance sites, you’ve undoubtedly come across the advice to get a side gig or side hustle.  What you may not see as often is the importance of diversifying your side gig.  While you may initially make a fair amount of money, things change. ...

5 Ways to Keep Your Friends Even Though You Have Different Budgets

Published on Mar 24 2014 // Budgeting, Personal Finance
5 Ways to Keep Your Friends Even Though You Have Different Budgets
Friends can be like family.  They’re there when you need support, there to commiserate with you and encourage you.  They can share huge life milestones with you and share precious memories with you. But. . .they can also be a huge drain on your finances. In your early twenties, you probably didn’t...

End of Life Planning Isn’t Only a Will and Life Insurance

Published on Mar 17 2014 // Personal Finance
End of Life Planning Isn’t Only a Will and Life Insurance
My husband and I got life insurance nine years ago, when our son was just an infant.  My dad died when I was just 15, so I knew how important life insurance was.  Our will, however, was a different story.  I’m a bit embarrassed to say that after dragging our feet for years, we just completed...

Taking Financial Advice Is Like Using a Garmin

Published on Mar 10 2014 // Debt, Personal Finance, Retirement
Taking Financial Advice Is Like Using a Garmin
We recently took a vacation to Arlington, Virginia.  When we reached downtown Arlington, it was in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.  The streets were packed with cars and pedestrians; the sun was shining.  The temperature was warmer than we Northeners had felt in about four months.  While navigating...

How Long Should You Keep Old Documents?

Published on Mar 03 2014 // Personal Finance
How Long Should You Keep Old Documents?
The other day I was filling out tax information for my accountant.  I had to find some information from last year.  That’s when my lackadaisical approach to filing came back to haunt me. You see, three years ago, when I had two children born just 17 months apart, my previous organizational skills...

Lower Cost Places to Take Your Family on Spring Break

Published on Feb 24 2014 // Budget Travel
Lower Cost Places to Take Your Family on Spring Break
If you live in the Midwest or Northeast (or even the South), this winter has been a tough one.  Between the bitterly cold temperatures and the snow and ice storms, you may be like me–eager to bid winter adieu.  Sometimes the best way to do that is to leave town on a vacation. But rather than...

5 Ways to Make Your Tax Refund Grow

Published on Feb 18 2014 // Taxes
5 Ways to Make Your Tax Refund Grow
It’s tax time.  The time some Americans dread because they have to pay their hard-earned money to the government.  However, 75% of Americans (TIME) look forward to tax time with glee because they’ll be getting back a refund.  Yeah!  Free money. Not really, of course.  Your tax refund...

How to Be a Financial Olympian

Published on Feb 10 2014 // Budgeting, Personal Finance, Retirement
How to Be a Financial Olympian
The Olympics are well under way now, and I find myself watching more than I should.  I especially like watching events like snowboarding.  I’m amazed by how high the snowboarders go and how many stunts they can perform while flying through the air.  The other events, too, like figure skating...

People Don’t Change: Learn This & Save Yourself Time and Money

Published on Feb 03 2014 // Personal Finance
People Don’t Change: Learn This & Save Yourself Time and Money
People don’t change.  That’s a lesson that all of us could learn.  Doing so could save us a lot of head banging on the wall and also a lot of money. Take dating.  Let’s say you’re dating someone that you really like.  In fact, you could even see yourself settling down with...

6 Strategies to Negotiate to Lower Your Bills

Published on Jan 27 2014 // Debt, How To Guide
If you’re still feeling the pinch from holiday spending, one strategy you can use to lower your expenses is to negotiate to lower your bills or seek out a payment plan.  Companies are often willing to work with customers to make payments more manageable.  (They’d rather get your money slowly...

Save Money with These Super Bowl Party Tricks

Published on Jan 20 2014 // Savings
Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, and with it comes the perfect time to host a party.  If you live in a cold weather state, you may be missing having friends over for BBQs and outdoor get togethers.  Luckily, Super Bowl Sunday brings all the fun inside. If you’d like to host a party...

Proactive Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Identity When There Is a Credit Breach

Published on Jan 13 2014 // Credit Cards
A few weeks ago, people were stunned and outraged to hear of Target’s security breach that left millions of customers who shopped at Target in November and December in a vulnerable position for identity theft because hackers had stolen their credit card numbers. Now, it appears the news is much...

Winter Is the Perfect Time to Reset Your Finances

Published on Jan 06 2014 // Budgeting, Career, Retirement
Now that the surge of New Year’s resolutions have slowed and we’re a week into the new year, perhaps it’s time to take a more objective look at your finances.  I’m not talking about the look you take when you’re excited about the new year and determined this will be your...

What to Do with Gifts You Don’t Want

Published on Dec 30 2013 // Shopping
Unless you very explicitly told people what you’d like for Christmas gifts AND those you told listened to you and bought what’s on your list, chances are you’ve end up with a few presents you didn’t want.  If that happened to you this holiday season, don’t worry.  There...
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