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Lee Traupel

Is Siri Really Going to Replace Your Insurance Agent?

Lee Traupel | April 17, 2015 | Money
The business model was predicated upon a small business owner (an "agent") who was active in the community, built relationships up over time and knew most of their customers on a first name basis.
Terry Savage

Five Questions to Ask a Financial Adviser

Terry Savage | April 17, 2015 | Money
Good advice is worth paying for -- but you should know exactly how much you are paying.
Mike Smith

Taxes and Your Wallet

Mike Smith | April 17, 2015 | Money
Taxes and Your Wallet
Kari Luckett

How to Use Plastic as an Emergency Funding Tool

Kari Luckett | April 17, 2015 | Money
As a last resort credit cards can work as a substitute for savings, but only if you use them carefully and vigilantly.
Steve Rhode

Can a Crappy Low-Wage Job Really Lead to Anything Good?

Steve Rhode | April 17, 2015 | Money
I see so many job openings for low-wage jobs and I've even worked some of those shitty jobs myself when I was younger. But what I'm seeing now is the old kid jobs are turning into middle-age and senior jobs.
Terry Savage

Don't Run Out of Money in Old Age

Terry Savage | April 17, 2015 | Money
First, if you're making the annuity investment in your 60s -- the optimal age -- then you are accepting a very long term promise from an insurance company.
Steve Rhode

Who Knew Tulle Could Make Your Wedding Cheaper? Not Me.

Steve Rhode | April 16, 2015 | Money
Can we talk? Since I lend a helping hand to personal finance bloggers and welcome their guest posts on my site, I typically get bombarded by submissions like how to lower the cost of trimming your nose hairs, how to hitchhike for less, or some other general bullshit article....
Steve Siebold

6 Things to Think About When Spending Your Tax Refund

Steve Siebold | April 16, 2015 | Money
The IRS tax filing deadline is this week, and the average refund so far has been about $3,500. The question is: what should you do with that refund? The truth is, a tax refund can be a lifesaver for some, but can cause more trouble for others.
Chris Mettler

Proof That State-Mandated Financial Education Programs Work

Chris Mettler | April 16, 2015 | Money
There has been a long dispute over whether or not state-mandated financial education programs in high schools actually help improve financial literacy and overall financial health in adulthood.
Equal Justice Works

4 Ways the House Republican Budget Hurts Students

Equal Justice Works | April 16, 2015 | Education
These changes are projected to save the government $60 billion over 10 years. While this may sound like a lot, it is a mere two percent of the $3.02 trillion in tax revenue the federal government collected in fiscal year 2014 alone.
PaladinRegistry.com

Preparing for Retirement After a Divorce

PaladinRegistry.com | April 17, 2015 | Money
Men and women nearing retirement who have gone through a divorce are less likely to feel financially prepared than married couples. Women are most likely to feel financially unprepared than men and this is for good reason: According to a recent ING U.S. study, divorced women have, on average, $34,000 less in total retirement savings than divorced men.
Adam Levin

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

Adam Levin | April 16, 2015 | Technology
The Anthem breach alone exposed 80 million Social Security numbers, and then was quickly followed by the Premera breach that exposed yet another 11 million Americans' SSNs. The question now: Why are we still using Social Security numbers to identify taxpayers?
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

3 Times Payday Loans Make Sense

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | April 15, 2015 | Business
Although payday loans are a type of credit that most borrowers should avoid, there are some cases in which this type of loan is actually less costly than other alternatives.
Rep. John K. Delaney

Repealing the Estate Tax Is Wrong for America

Rep. John K. Delaney | April 15, 2015 | Politics
Repealing the estate tax won't create jobs, it won't boost GDP and it won't add efficiency to the market. Instead, repealing the estate tax will simply add to the debt, hurt our ability to build a stronger economy and worsen economic inequality.
Christina LaMontagne

How Do I Pay the ACA Penalty?

Christina LaMontagne | April 15, 2015 | Money
Tax season always brings its share of frustrations, and with new requirements under the ACA, you're certainly not the only one concerned about changes this year. Take your time to carefully read all of the instructions when reporting and filing your tax returns this year, and don't be afraid to seek help when you have questions.
Yannet Lathrop

Twice the Burden: Low-Wage Employers Cost Taxpayers Billions in Public Assistance and Lost Tax Revenue

Yannet Lathrop | April 15, 2015 | Business
On Tax Day, while working Americans contribute their part to keeping the country running, many companies that pay low-wages will exploit a loophole in the tax code that that allowed them to write off taxes on over $66 billion in executive compensation pay between 2007 and 2010.
Kari Luckett

Co-Signer vs. Authorized User: What's the Difference?

Kari Luckett | April 17, 2015 | Money
Many parents want to help their children start building their credit foundation early, and to do so, they become co-signers or allow their children to become authorized users on their credit card accounts. Both of these options have advantages and disadvantages, but do you know the difference?
Casey Bond

10 Important Money Lessons I Learned by My 29th Birthday

Casey Bond | April 15, 2015 | Money
I've been writing about personal finance for the better part of my adult life, but that's not to say all this money wisdom didn't come without some serious trial and error.
Meghan Maury

It's Time to Queer Our Taxes

Meghan Maury | April 15, 2015 | Gay Voices
While more states are recognizing same-sex couples' right to marry, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to secure social justice for all. Ensuring that our families are recognized by the federal tax code is a queer issue. Updating our tax code must remain a key component of advancing freedom, equality, and justice for LGBTQ people.
Steve Rhode

Why I'll Never Buy A Timeshare

Steve Rhode | April 15, 2015 | Money
I thought this guest post from Michelle Schroeder-Gardner was so awesome I had to share it with you. Over the years I've watched and helped so many people who are buried in a timeshare and can't even give it away. Michelle reminded me again why timeshares can wind up...
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