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Financial Advice You Might Want to Ignore

Steph Wagner | Posted 01.27.2015 | Money
Steph Wagner

Taking advice at face value, or blindly following one rule or formula, doesn't do anything to increase your financial know-how. Long-term success will only come when you learn the rationale behind the advice and then decide for yourself if you should take it (or leave it)!

10 Hidden Wedding Costs You Should Budget For

BRIDES | Posted 01.27.2015 | Weddings
BRIDES

By BRIDES Photo: Getty Images Creating a wedding budget is a key part of the planning process, but remember that there will always be costs yo...

The Inequities in Roe's Wake

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

On yet another anniversary of Roe, women's health opponents in Congress will mark the occasion by voting for a national ban on abortion at 20 weeks. Even if the ban fails, the right under Roe will still not be realized for millions of women.

The State of the Pentagon Budget Is Uncertain

William Hartung | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama spoke about a lot of things in his hour-and-10-minute State of the Union address last night, but there's one thing he didn't mention: the caps on Pentagon spending required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

The Dysfunctional State of the Union

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Our biggest problem is the lack of dialogue among the political factions in this country. The Democrats will want free college and amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Republicans will veto the idea of free college and want to deport every illegal immigrant. There are numerous solutions between those choices that will never get a proper airing.

If Government Accountants Are Worried About the State of the States, Taxpayers Should Be Petrified

Bob Williams | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Bob Williams

The recent GAO report stated that tax revenues as a percentage of gross domestic product will not return to the historical high reached in 2007 until 2058. Such a drastic gap indicates that states will not be able to tax their way out of the problem.

7 Reasons You Should Automate Your Bills and Savings in 2015

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 01.15.2015 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

If you're worried you'll spend the money you've earmarked for bills before their due date comes up, consider opening up two separate checking accounts--one for bill payments and one for spending money.

29 Awesome Ways To Get Designer Decor From The Dollar Store

Hometalk | Posted 01.13.2015 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

Turns out, with a little DIY, you can cover almost all of your home and garden needs using just the dollar store!

5 Tips for Millennials Who Need to Get on a Budget

Graham Ober | Posted 01.14.2015 | Money
Graham Ober

Millennials have faced their own set of challenges in the transition to adulthood. For many, hefty student loan debt and entering the workforce in an economic recession have made their financial lives difficult, making money a touchy subject.

Can the F-35 Be Stopped?

William Hartung | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

At a price tag of $1.5 trillion to build and operate over its lifetime, the F-35 combat aircraft is the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon. It is overpriced, underperforming and unnecessary.

GOP Begins Assault on Elderly, Poor, Disabled, Math, and Reason

Richard Zombeck | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

The 114th Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, opening the flood gates to legislation that will potentially damage the economy, hurt the middle class and the poor, and leave the retired Americans in the worst financial shape they've been in for years.

Illinois budget could be heading down a road to trouble

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Ever since he won the Nov. 4 election, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been sounding warnings about the budget danger facing Illinois. In December, he sa...

What to Expect From the 114th Congress

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Personally, I'm not holding my breath waiting for rousing choruses of "Kumbaya" to be echoing through the Capitol any time soon.

5 Easy-to-Achieve Personal Finance Resolutions for the New Year

SALT | Posted 01.07.2015 | Money
SALT

To help you kick off 2015 on the right foot, we've come up with five small, practical changes that can make a big difference in your financial wellbeing. Give one or all of them a shot over the coming months and watch your nest egg grow.

2015 Educational Technology Forecast: Increasingly Cloudy Skies

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

By 2019, schools will be spending nearly 19 billion dollars per year on educational technology. That's a lot of leverage. Educate your administrators and board members and let them know what you need. The forecast is cloudy, and that's a good thing.

Your No. 1 Money Enemy? For Many, It's Their Mindset

Leisa Peterson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Money
Leisa Peterson

Sheri (names in this post have been changed for privacy purposes) was in a financial hole when we met. She was caught up in a cycle of overspending and yet, she kept buying.

10 Wedding Dresses We Love For Under $1,000

BRIDES | Posted 01.06.2015 | Weddings
BRIDES

Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of dresses that cut cost, not style.

Setting Financial Goals For The New Year That You Can Actually Keep

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 01.06.2015 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

Your New Year's Resolution is to be better at managing your money. But that's a vague, ambiguous goal. What specific steps should you take? What does "better" look like in practice?

Selling Social in the Organization

Peter Friedman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Peter Friedman

For social media to gain a foothold at a company, it needs a dedicated hub. That means a budget and individuals (whether internal or through vendors) who are accountable to social-specific goals.

A Historic End to the 113th Congress Caps a Remarkable Year in Politics

Pearl Korn | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The final days of the 113th Congress brought with it the end of a turbulent month -- and year -- of American politics. It also led many of us to think ahead to the coming years as Republicans assume control of the House and Senate in January and a presidential election looms on the horizon in 2016.

5 Wedding Details Your Guests Won't Notice At All (So Skip 'Em!)

BRIDES | Posted 12.27.2014 | Weddings
BRIDES

There are just some things that simply aren't worth it because your guests won't notice or remember them in the long run.

The Best Mezcals For $40 Or Less

Liquor.com | Posted 12.19.2014 | Taste
Liquor.com

Get those glasses ready.

Is Your Boo A Cheapskate? Here's What People Actually Spend On Their Significant Other's Gifts

Posted 01.07.2015 | Money

So you’ve finally managed to convince someone to spend significant amounts of time with you during the holidays -- congratulations! -- but now comes...

6 Ways Not To Get Carried Away With Holiday Gift-Giving (Without Being A Grinch)

Posted 01.06.2015 | Money

As much as we love the holidays, looking at our bank accounts after they’re over usually has us quoting that other Christmas villain, “...bah, hum...

The Seven Financially Fatal Sins We All Made Last Year (And How To Atone)

Posted 01.08.2015 | Money

The end of every year spawns a good amount of reflection on our actions, for better or for worse, that impacted our personal lives and finances over t...