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How to Eat Healthy and Affordable During Long Hotel Stays

Quora | Posted 05.24.2015 | Travel
Quora

Basically, the goal is to convert grocery store ingredients into tasty meals without the convenience of a kitchen full of appliances, utensils, and seasonings. You want to be able to go to the grocery store and get ingredients in small enough portions that you can use them all, without having to buy a million little things.

5 Essential Steps For Tackling Your Income Taxes

Andrew Plepler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Andrew Plepler

Here are five important tips to help take the mystery out of tax preparation. These recommendations and resources show how a little preparation and organization can help ease the worry at tax time.

5 Bad Money Habits You Can Break Today

Credit.com | Posted 05.20.2015 | Money
Credit.com

When it comes to bad financial habits, there are some serious ones that can cost you thousands of dollars. Which of these habits are you guilty of committing?

Six Tips On Preparing For Tax Day

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 05.18.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

But whether you prepare your own return or work with a tax professional, there are ways to make the process less burdensome. It all hinges on a bit of upfront organization, and having a basic understanding of how your tax bill is calculated.

The Millennial Mindset

Leisa Peterson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Money
Leisa Peterson

A few weeks ago I was leading a wealth seminar for a dozen women, all between the ages of 40-55. They were successful entrepreneurs, businesswomen with decades of experience and between them, thousands of contacts.

401(k) Plays for a Less Taxing Tax Season

Catherine Golladay | Posted 05.16.2015 | Money
Catherine Golladay

March Madness is upon us, and while college basketball fans across the country are busy trying to avoid any bracket busters, this is the time to focus on your tax bracket as well.

The Dangers of a Glass Half-Full: Don't Let a Sunny Outlook Threaten Your Finances

Scott Burns | Posted 05.17.2015 | Money
Scott Burns

Looking on the bright side may help improve your social life, health and career. Unfortunately, your optimism may also hide risks to your finances.

You Don't Have to Be Rich to Retire Happy (In Fact, Far From It)

Jeff Haden | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Jeff Haden

We all hope to retire someday -- the freedom to do more of what we want to do and less of what we have to do. But that kind of freedom comes with a price, right? Won't you need millions in assets and a six-figure annual income? Nope. You'll probably need a lot less in assets and income than you think.

The 10 Important Questions To Ask When Choosing A Checking Account

Andrew Plepler | Posted 03.12.2015 | Business
Andrew Plepler

When I opened my first checking account, I walked into my local bank branch with my paycheck and walked out with a fresh new checkbook and a feeling o...

Do You Care More About March Madness Than Your Retirement?

Richard Barrington | Posted 05.11.2015 | Money
Richard Barrington

The question is, if Americans are so diligent at doing their research, crunching the numbers and making decisions for their tourney brackets, why don't they put in that kind of effort for retirement planning? After all, the stakes are much higher.

Seven Potential Costs Of Owning A Home That Should Factor Into Your Budget

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 05.11.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

I get a lot of questions regarding the costs of owning a home, typically about saving for a down payment or paying off a mortgage. But homeownership involves numerous other costs that can impact your budget. So as the spring home-buying season gets underway, I thought it would be a good time to step back and look more closely at the ongoing financial realities.

Want to Stop Getting Into Debt? Quit Doing This One Thing

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 05.10.2015 | Money
Amandah Blackwell

You can't control whether or not they pay their loan and pay on time. You have the potential to get into debt or deeper into debt. Plus, you risk lowering your credit and FICO scores.

Tax Preparers Make More Mistakes Than You Might Think

Credit.com | Posted 05.10.2015 | Money
Credit.com

Set aside for a moment the financial truth that if you are getting a big tax refund, you are doing it wrong. Plenty of studies into "professional" tax preparers show they are often doing it wrong, too.

The Best Investing Sites For Beginners

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

With the Dow at a record high -- more than double since 2009 -- some first-time investors are concerned that it might be too late to jump into stock trading. The truth is that no investment comes with a guarantee, and experts disagree about where the market will go next.

Getting Ready To File Your Taxes? Don't Miss This Checklist

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 05.09.2015 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

Tax season is upon us again. April 15th may be the official deadline to file, but now is the time to start gathering everything you'll need so that you aren't scrambling in the eleventh hour.

5 Things You Need To Know Now About Private Investments

Blaine McLaughlin | Posted 05.09.2015 | Money
Blaine McLaughlin

Investing in private companies and funds is becoming more accessible, with smaller investment amounts, helpful regulatory changes and the availability of streamlined processing. Of course, private investments are not for everyone. But before you decide they're not for you, you need to understand the watershed changes taking place in the private securities sector.

3 Smartphone Apps to Live an "Examined" Life

Michael Ruderman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Technology
Michael Ruderman

How are you tracking your progress toward your goals? Make it easy on yourself by using passive data collection. Look at that data regularly, holding yourself accountable to the metrics. Then you'll be living the Socratic dream - a well-examined life.

Can I Afford a Wedding Planner?

Stephanie Snay | Posted 05.06.2015 | Weddings
Stephanie Snay

Are wedding bells in your future? Congratulations! While you'll soon experience one of the most monumental days of your life, pulling off your Pintere...

5 Questions First-Time Tax Filers Need to Answer

SALT | Posted 05.05.2015 | Money
SALT

Yes, nothing screams (or, more likely, sighs) "I'm an adult" than W-2s, deductions, and adjusted gross income. And while that all sounds painful, doing your taxes for the first time doesn't have to be that bad. In fact, you can make it easier.

Countdown To Tax Day: A Six-Week Prep Guide For April 15

LearnVest | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
LearnVest

It's six weeks until T-Day. That's Tax Day for those of you who haven't given much thought to the yearly deadline. While we're not quite there yet, crunch time is just around the corner -- unless you start gathering your materials and making some serious strides today.

If You Have A 401(k) Do You Need An IRA, Too?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

The bottom line is you can't really save too much, only too little. So use all the savings and investing vehicles available to you, including both an IRA and your 401(k), to save as much as you can, as early as you can -- and, at the same time, get the maximum tax break. You won't regret it.

Why the S&P 500 Is a Bad Benchmark

Betterment.com | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Betterment.com

let's examine the importance so many investors attach to the S&P 500 or the Dow Jones Industrial Average. U.S investors tend to heavily measure their portfolio performance against American indices, even though they have been proven not to be the best benchmarks.

Reforming Payday Lending Practices Is One Important Way to Address Wealth Inequality

Andrea Levere | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Andrea Levere

The economic recovery has not benefited Americans equally. We all know that. But few facts underscore that point more clearly than the startling number of consumers whose financial futures have been put on hold by subprime credit scores.

Why Choose A Personal Loan Over A Traditional Loan?

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 05.02.2015 | Money
NextAdvisor.com

All loans are not created equal, and in recent years the personal loan has become a great option for people to use. However, you might be wondering just what makes a personal loan different from a traditional loan from your bank.

Start Small This America Saves Week

Patrice C. Washington | Posted 05.02.2015 | Money
Patrice C. Washington

We all know the importance of saving, and while it's ideal to save six months of income for a rainy day, I know first-hand how intimidating that can be for most of us. So, instead of looking at lofty savings or financial goals, I challenge you to take micro steps to reach your personal finance and debt reduction goals.